Elder's Rudolph Named Pro Bowl Replacement

 Photo courtesy Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports

Photo courtesy Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports

By Dave Clark, dclark@cincinnati.com

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, a former Elder High School standout, is going to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career, the NFL announced Monday.

Rudolph replaced injured Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham.

Rudolph was named Pro Bowl MVP the last time he played in the game - in 2013.

He also scored the Vikings' only touchdown in their 38-7 NFC Championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rudolph joins fellow former Elder star Jake McQuaide of the Rams, who was named last week to the NFC roster as the long snapper.

Rudolph's reaction via Twitter:

Kyle Rudolph@KyleRudolph82

Not the bowl we’d hoped for, but I’m honored to represent my team in the Pro Bowl.. #Skol https://twitter.com/rapsheet/status/955556096768380930 …

Note: NFL.com and team websites reported that the Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten replaced Ertz, and Rudolph replaced Graham.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday (Jan. 28) at 3 p.m., televised on ESPN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

In December, Rudolph did the Ickey Shuffle after a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.