Vikings split up, will go head to head in 2016 Pro Bowl
Imagine Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith trying to tackle running back Adrian Peterson, or defensive end Everson Griffen rushing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
That should be the scene this weekend, when the five Vikings players selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl get the rare opportunity to go head-to-head in a game situation.
Peterson and Griffen are on the team coached by Jerry Rice, while Barr, Harrison and Bridgewater are on Michael Irvin's team. Peterson, who was Rice's seventh pick, was the first Vikings player off the board. Barr and Griffen both went two rounds later. Bridgewater and Smith were Irvin's 16th nd 24th picks, respectively.
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Out of these five players, Peterson was the only one among the original invitees. The four other Vikings were replacements for players who turned down their Pro Bowl invitations.