EAGAN, Minn. — A group of Vikings have been added to the NFC’s 2020 Pro Bowl roster.
The NFL announced Monday that fullback C.J. Ham, quarterback Kirk Cousins, linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Everson Griffen and cornerback Xavier Rhodes will now participate in the annual all-star game Sunday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The game will be televised on ESPN with kickoff at 2 p.m. (CT).
Minnesota is now slated to be represented by eight total players.
Ham’s NFL journey, which began as an undrafted rookie free agent, has seen him develop into one of the league’s best players at his position. He will now make his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Ham was an alternate who will now participate since 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk is heading to Super Bowl LIV. San Francisco punched its ticket to the title game Sunday night with a win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship game.
Ham just completed his third full season with the Vikings (he was on the practice squad for most of 2016) and was a key reason why Minnesota ranked sixth in the NFL with 133.3 rushing yards per game. Ham played 354 total offensive snaps in 2019, good for 34.57 percent of the total offensive plays.
The Duluth native helped pave the way for the Vikings to rush for more than 2,100 yards, including Dalvin Cook’s career-high totals of 1,135 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Rookie Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone also combined for 735 rushing yards and four scores.
Ham had 17 yards on seven total carries in 2019, but he was a sneaky threat in the pass game with 149 yards and a touchdown on 17 receptions.
Ham joined the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent in the spring of 2016 after a productive career as a running back at Division-II Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has played in 47 of Minnesota’s past 48 regular-season games.
Vikings Players Selected For 2020 Pro Bowl
Vikings players S Harrison Smith, DE Danielle Hunter, RB Dalvin Cook, FB C.J. Ham, LB Eric Kendricks, DE Everson Griffen and CB Xavier Rhodes were selected for the 2020 Pro Bowl.
Cousins will make the second Pro Bowl appearance of his career, and first with the Vikings.
The quarterback, who started 15 games, completed 307 of 444 passes (69.1 percent) for 3,603 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2019. His passer rating of 107.4 was a career high and ranked fourth in the NFL.
Kendricks wasn’t an initial Pro Bowl selection in December despite later receiving First-Team All-Pro honors.
A second-round pick in 2015, Kendricks had his best season as a pro in 2019. He had 130 combined tackles (according to coaches’ stats), leading the team in tackles for the fifth season in a row.
Griffen will be heading to his fourth Pro Bowl, all of which have come in the past five seasons (2015-17; 2019). The longest-tenured Viking on the roster, he just completed his 10th season in Minnesota.
Griffen finished second on the Vikings with 8.0 sacks in 2019. He also had 46 combined tackles (according to coaches’ stats), along with 11 tackles for loss, an interception and three passes defensed.
This year’s all-star game will mark Rhodes’ third career Pro Bowl appearance (2016-17) since being drafted by the Vikings in 2013.
The group will join Cook, Harrison Smith and Danielle Hunter at the 2020 Pro Bowl.
The eight players mark the highest-number of Vikings Pro Bowlers since the 2009 season.