The time between the NFL Draft in April and the start of training camp in July is a long three months, especially to a football junkie like me. Sure, there are OTAs, mini camps, etc., but not much for gossip, league and team news.
One of my favorite things to do around this time of the season is to think fantasy football. I can remember oh, about 10 years or so ago, when I first started getting into it. It was definitely a new concept to me at the time, and certainly a novel idea.
The Vikings of the late 60's and early 70's were legendary teams, the Purple People Eaters years. Gradually, over time, the players on those teams who really stood out for their performances have gotten the recognition they deserve, and induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. Fran Tarkenton was the first, then Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Ron Yary, Carl Eller. All of them big names from Vikings history. There are two others from that era who also deserve induction. Mick Tinglehoff
After the Super Bowl hype machine has run out of gas, every NFL fan looks forward to the next significant date on the calendar: April, and the NFL Draft. Every fan spends the days leading up to it in high speculation mode, arguing the pros and cons of who might be available when their team drafts, what their teams biggest needs are, and who they should draft with their first-round draft pick. I am no exception.
The Vikings have entered the offseason with many holes to fill. After
After Sunday's game against the Bears here at the Metrodome, FB/TE Jim Kleinsasser will call it a career. Thirteen years of unselfish play, team-first attitude, hard-nosed football and workmanlike effort will be gone, but NOT forgotten.
Drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) from North Dakota in 1999, Jim Kleinsasser played 180 games in thirteen years for the Purple. His stats aren't the greatest (192 receptions, 1,688 yards, 6 TDs; 43 rushes, 147 yards, 1 TD), he wasn't flashy,
When the Vikings drafted Joe Webb out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2010, he was a 6"4" amazing athlete with lots of potential. A quarterback in college, the Vikings originally drafted him to play WR in the NFL, but after seeing his potential in training camp, they decided to keep him at QB. Seemed like a smart move at the time.
Now, after the QB mess over the first 6 games this season, Christian Ponder is the starter for the rest of the season, McNabb is the backup and
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