Let Your Voice Be Heard And Cast Your Hall of Fame Vote

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 22, 2009 – 1:43 pm

Hall of Fame voting is typically reserved for an exclusive group of football writers. But for the 1st time the Pro Football Hall of Fame is asking fans to voice their choice for who they think should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.

Fans can utilize a number of interactive strategies to voice their opinion by visiting the fan forum.

This new development should be of interest to Vikings fans because of the number of former players who are under consideration. Is it time for Chris Carter, Chris Doleman, Herschel Walker, Steve Jordan, John Randle or Joey Browner to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? The Hall wants to know what fans are thinking and it’s time for fans to speak up and be heard by casting their ballot! Almost 10,000 fans have already cast their ballot in the first 24 hours!  Carter is ranking #3 behind Rice and Smith and John Randle is currently #15.

The interactive elements of the fan forum will allow fans to: campaign for their favorite players; interact and debate with Hall of Famers, experts and fans from around the country; contribute their own analysis and commentary; post video messages in support of their favorite players; view stats and information for all 130+ candidates; nominate and vote for the Fan’s Choice Class of 2010; see how their picks compare to the Board of Selectors; participate in daily polls and trivia.

Although the fans vote does not count toward the official selection, the Hall will hear what the fans have to say and the Fan’s Choice will be revealed on the NFL Network on February 6, 2010 in Miami.

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DE Edwards Off To A Strong Start

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 22, 2009 – 11:19 am

The typical names have starred for the Vikings in their 2-0 start to the 2009 season. Adrian Peterson has 4 TDs, Brett Favre is playing well under center, E.J. Henderson looks to be back in form and Chad Greenway even hopped into the fray with a huge game at Detroit.

But one guy who tends to get lost in the shuffle of high-profile names in the Vikings defense – and especially along the defensive line – is DE Ray Edwards.

But so far in 2009, Edwards has been as big a part of the team’s success as anyone on the defense. Through 2 games, Edwards, who plays right left DE exclusively in the Vikings defense, has managed to tally 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Edwards’ productivity both in terms of tackles and sacks is a good sign for the Vikings. As the right left DE, Edwards is charged with rushing the passer, but he’s also relied upon to stand up strong against the run.

“I call that side a base end position, so he has to stand up against the run,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Monday. “I saw him make a bunch of chase plays that I don’t know if you guys (media) noticed. He turns and runs to the football and makes a share of hustle plays.”

Childress went on to say that Edwards has performed well both at the point of attack in the run game and in terms of applying pressure to the QB. His ability to progress as an NFL player and develop skills that have allowed him to be a 3-down player should be attributed to his on-field work ethic, but also his dedication to improving himself away from the gridiron.

“He’s a guy that usually has a good offseason with his body and takes care of it,” Childress explained. “He’s a guy that plays the game hard and has the stamina to be able to stay in there for all those plays.”

Edwards’ position coach, Karl Dunbar, had a similar sentiment regarding his starting right left DE.

“He’s come a long way,” Dunbar said of Edwards. “He has 14.5 career sacks, and as a fourth rounder, he’s progressing really well. He’s a strong, athletic kid and a strong football player.

“Ray has always played with a chip on his shoulder and you could tell that the first year he got here. He’s changed his body, he’s working out and doing those things, eating right. And it’s paying off for him on the field.”

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Harvin Up For Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Honors

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 22, 2009 – 9:12 am

For the 2nd consecutive week, Vikings WR Percy Harvin is up for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors. Click here to vote for Harvin.

Last week in Detroit, Harvin accumulated 134 all-purpose yards and a TD on 10 touches. His TD came on a 3-yard TD reception from QB Brett Favre and gave the Vikings a 27-10 lead midway through the 4th quarter.

Also up for consideration this week with Harvin are: Texans LB Brian Cushing, Giants CB Bruce Johnson, Bears WR Johnny Knox and Jets QB Mark Sanchez.

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