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Updated: January 22nd, 2013 5:32pm
Kyle Rudolph becomes sixth Viking in Pro Bowl, replacing Tony Gonzalez

Kyle Rudolph becomes sixth Viking in Pro Bowl, replacing Tony Gonzalez

by Tom Pelissero
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Another Minnesota Viking is headed to Honolulu.

The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that tight end Kyle Rudolph has been selected to the game as an alternate, replacing Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez.

Rudolph had 53 catches for 493 yards and a team-high nine receiving touchdowns in his second season out of Notre Dame.

He joins halfback Adrian Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton, end Jared Allen, place-kicker Blair Walsh and linebacker Chad Greenway, who previously was added as a replacement for Dallas' DeMarcus Ware.

The Vikings hadn't sent a tight end to the NFL's annual all-star game since Byron Chamberlain in 2001.

The game will be played on Sunday at Aloha Stadium.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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