Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph Selected To His 1st Pro Bowl 23 Jan 13

Eden Prairie, MN (January 22, 2013) – Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been named to his 1st Pro Bowl replacing Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez who will not be able to appear due to injury. The 2nd year product out of Notre Dame recorded career-highs in TDs (9), receptions (53) and receiving yards (493) in 2012. Rudolph’s 9 TDs were tied for 1st in the NFC for TDs by a TE. 

The first tight end selected in the 2011 NFL Draft (2nd Round, 43 overall) led the Vikings in receiving TDs (9) including a career-high 2 TDs against San Francisco in the 24-13 win on 9/23/12. Rudolph started all 16 games during the Vikings regular season in addition to the Wild Card playoff game in Green Bay.

Rudolph becomes the last Vikings TE to make the Pro Bowl since Byron Chamberlain did so in 2001. He is the 6th Viking selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl joining: Jared Allen, Jerome Felton, Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh.

 

   2012 NFL Receiving TDs by TEs

PLAYER                 TEAM         TDs

Rob Gronkowski     NE              10

Kyle Rudolph         MIN            9

Jimmy Graham        NO             9

 

Most Receiving TDs in a Season by Vikings TEs

PLAYER                 YEAR         TDs

Visanthe Shaincoe   ‘09              11

Kyle Rudolph         ‘12              9

Joe Senser             ‘81              8