Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson tweets he's headed to the Pro Bowl
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In a day marked by bad news and subsequent statements, the Minnesota Vikings received a ray of sunshine in the form of a Tweet from rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Patterson, 22, sent out a message on Thursday night that he's been selected to the Pro Bowl. Patterson will replace Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown as a return specialist, but Brown will still be one of the eight receivers in the draft pool.
Thanks to all the #flashyfans Vikings will be represented at 2014 ProBowl. My rookie year just got better!— cordarrelle (@ceeflashpee84) January 3, 2014
The NFL made major changes to the Pro Bowl format, including doing away with the conference affiliations. A Jan. 22 draft will set up the Jan. 26 game, which is the first to experiment with the changes.
Patterson led the NFL with 32.4 yards per kickoff return in his rookie campaign as he was initially dubbed a snub as the Pro Bowl no longer features kickoffs.
From a Vikings release: "In his 1st year out of Tennessee, Patterson set the Vikings team record for kickoff return yards (1,393), kickoff return average (32.4) and tied the team record for kickoff return TDs (2), while leading the NFL in all 3 categories. This season, Patterson had 4 receiving TDs, 3 rushing TDs and 2 kickoff-return TDs. He is the only player in NFL history to accomplish the feat."