Eden Prairie, MN (January 25, 2013) – Minnesota Vikings T Matt Kalil has been named to his 1st Pro Bowl replacing Washington Redskins T Trent Williams who will not be able to appear due to injury. The rookie out of Southern California started in all 16 games this season including the Wild Card Playoff in Green Bay.
The 4th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft tied a Vikings rookie-record for most starts (16) in a season by an offensive tackle. He joined Gary Zimmerman (’86) and Todd Steussie (’94) as rookie tackles to start in all 16 games.
Kalil was part of the offensive line that allowed RB Adrian Peterson to rush for the 2nd highest single-season total (2,097) in NFL history. The Vikings rushing attack ranked 2nd in the NFL over the 2012 season and tied a team record (’07) for most rushing yards in a season with 2,634. Kalil becomes the 4th Vikings rookie to make the Pro Bowl since 2007 joining: Adrian Peterson (’07), Percy Harvin (’09) and Blair Walsh (’12).
Kalil is the 7th Viking selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl joining: Jared Allen, Jerome Felton, Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph and Blair Walsh.