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Minnesota Vikings Linebacker E.J. Henderson Named To Pro Bowl

Just a year after suffering a gruesome leg injury that left his 2010 season in doubt, Minnesota Vikings' linebacker E.J. Henderson has capped an outstanding season with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

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Henderson was named to the squad just a few hours ago as a replacement player, a justifiable end to a season that many people. . .including yours truly. . .thought wouldn't take place. In December of 2009 in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Henderson broke his thighbone in a collision with teammate JaMarca Sanford, and needed to be carted off of the field. Eventually, he had a titanium rod inserted in his thigh, and many thought that Henderson would have to miss the entire 2010 season, if not have to give up football entirely.

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Instead, Henderson returned to the field for 2010, and had an outstanding season, recording 139 tackles and tying for the team lead with three interceptions.

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Congratulations to E.J. Henderson on a trip to Honolulu. . .no matter how late in the game that trip might be coming.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.