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A Pro Bowl Nod For E.J. Henderson

January 28, 2011

I have been seriously neglecting the Vikings portion of this blog lately, but I suppose that’s what happens when the Packers reach the Super Bowl. Believe it or not, there is another football game this weekend: The Pro Bowl.

And for a fan base in need of some good news, the Purple faithful will be pleased to hear that linebacker E.J. Henderson was named to his first career Pro Bowl. A year removed from a horrific leg injury, Henderson’s comeback is nothing short of amazing.

Henderson’s 139 tackles in 2010, including 7 tackles-for-loss and 1 sack, were second on the team to fellow linebacker Chad Greenway. He also finished the year tied with safety Husain Abdullah with 3 interceptions, which, according to the Vikings’ press release, “equaled the most of any linebacker in the NFL in 2010.”

Henderson will join teammates Adrian Peterson and Antione Winfield in Sunday’s game. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was also named to the Pro Bowl but is unable to attend the game.

Playing in the Pro Bowl is a fitting end to a season that easily could have never happened for Henderson. But he attacked his rehab much like he does opposing running backs, and his hard work was rewarded with a trip to Hawaii. When I talked to him this past summer, he was still walking around with a limp, so the fact that he was able to return and play at a Pro Bowl level must make this honor even sweeter. Congratulations, E.J.

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