UPDATE: The team and league just confirmed the six Vikings who have been named to the Pro Bowl. Antoine Winfield, Adrian Peterson, Steve Hutchinson and Kevin Williams are starters. Jared Allen and Pat Williams are reserves.
Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield has finally made the Pro Bowl in his 10th season. Winfield, one of the most underrated corners in the league, learned the news Tuesday.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Winfield said. “One of the best days of my life.”
According to Winfield, the other Vikings named to the Pro Bowl are running back Adrian Peterson, guard Steve Hutchinson, defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams and defensive end Jared Allen.
Winfield got the news in a phone call this morning from Jared Allen, who actually used coach Brad Childress’ cell phone to call him.
“I’ve been in this league a long time and finally to get in is an unbelievable feeling,” Winfield told Judd at an autograph signing at Continental Diamond in St. Louis Park. “I worked so hard, finally to get there, is a relief and I feel overjoyed right now.”
Winfield said he is taking the entire secondary with him to Hawaii. The Vikings clearly are happy that Winfield has been rewarded too. He has been overlooked for the honor in years past because, although he’s one of the top tackling corners in the league, he does not get a lot of interceptions.
Winfield has made several game-changing plays this season. Specifically, he had a sack/strip/recovery/touchdown return against Carolina. He also returned a blocked field goal for a TD against New Orleans Saints.