EAGAN, Minn. – Vikings outside linebacker Danielle Hunter has been named to the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games, the NFL and Vikings announced Monday.
Hunter, who will be appearing in his third Pro Bowl, is replacing Haason Reddick of the Philadelphia Eagles, who advanced to Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Za'Darius Smith, T.J. Hockenson, Andrew DePaola, Dalvin Cook and Danielle Hunter are representing the Vikings at the 2023 Pro Bowl Games.
After two seasons shortened by injuries, Hunter started all 17 regular-season games in 2022, recording 65 tackles (46 solo) and a team-high 10.5 sacks. He also tied his career high with 22 quarterback hits and set a new watermark with three passes defended. The 10.5 sacks rank as the third-highest total he's had in a season behind 14.5 in 2018 and 2019, when he made the Pro Bowl after each of those seasons.
According to analytics site Pro Football Focus, Hunter's 76 QB pressures in 2022 ranked eighth in the NFL.
The addition of Hunter means he'll join fellow Vikings outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith at the annual all-star game. The duo spent time together at the Pro Bowl after the 2019 season, even discussing how they'd one day like to become teammates. That came to fruition last spring when Smith signed as a free agent.
Hunter and Smith are scheduled to join QB Kirk Cousins, RB Dalvin Cook, LS Andrew DePaola, TE T.J. Hockenson and WR Justin Jefferson in Las Vegas this week for the Pro Bowl Games.
The NFC and AFC teams will face off in a flag football game at 2 p.m. (CT) Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game.