Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress confirmed to vikings.com that QB Brett Favre has decided to stay retired, ending an offseason-long string of speculation that the former Packer would join the Vikings in 2009.
In a statement released by Childress following Favre’s decision, the Vikings head coach said it was a unique opportunity to pursue a player such as Favre, but also that he feels good about his team and is looking forward to opening training camp in Mankato later this week.
One of the players who will be with the team when it opens camp on Friday is superstar RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson is excited to begin the season and also very confident in the teammates he has.
“It doesn’t make sense to worry about things that are out of my control,” Peterson said today. “My entire focus this offseason has been to recharge my body and prepare myself for the 2009 season. I am confident in every player we have on our roster and I believe our front office has done everything in its power to keep improving our team. Now, as players, it’s our job to go out there and defend our division championship, get back to the playoffs and make a run at the Super Bowl.”
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The Delta-Northwest Airlines merger earlier this year had a significant impact locally on travelers and businesses alike. The Minnesota Vikings were included in the group of impacted entities.
As a result, the Vikings have announced that Delta Air Lines will assume Northwest Airlines’ long-standing status as the “Official Airline of the Minnesota Vikings” for the 2009 NFL season. The Vikings had flown Northwest for every charter in team history, but now Delta will serve as the Vikings team charter airline for all away games in 2009. There will also be several other marketing initiatives between the Vikings and Delta.
“The Vikings are excited about our continuing partnership with the new Delta Air Lines,” said Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix. “The team enjoyed a solid relationship with Northwest Airlines over the past several years, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with Delta during the 2009 season.”
Minneapolis was formerly a hub for Northwest Airlines, but now the Twin Cities will be a hub under the Delta Air Lines umbrella along with Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita. Delta Airlines is the world’s number one airline and along with its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers, Delta will offer service to 368 destinations in 66 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year.
Added to that substantial list of passengers is the Vikings organization, beginning with the team’s 1st preseason game at Indianapolis on August 14.
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