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Minnesota Vikings Offensive Lineman Brian O’Neill Named to the Pro Bowl

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Brian O'Neill

After starting every game he’s played in over the last three seasons, including all 17 games in the 2021-22 NFL season, Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Brian O’Neill has been named to his first Pro Bowl.

O’Neill, a hulking 6-foot-7, 310-pound tackle from Pittsburgh, replaced Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman Tristan Wirfs, who will miss the game with an injury.

With Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner already named to the Pro Bowl, O’Neill will be the third Pitt alum to head out to Las Vegas for the 2022 Pro Bowl.

O’Neill is the 25th Pitt alum to be named to the Pro Bowl, continuing a long and storied line of success from Panthers in the NFL. O’Neill logged a massive 1,140 snaps this season, and he only took five penalties and allowed a single sack, according to Pro Football Focus.

O’Neill was selected by the Vikings with the 62nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after three seasons at Pitt. O’Neill paved the way forward for Pitt’s running backs, including Conner, and helped turn Nathan Peterman into an NFL draft pick himself — he also scored two touchdowns at Pitt.

The 2022 Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 3 p.m. kickoff is set to be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and Disney XD with the Monday Night Football crew of Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick in the booth.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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