Childress: Rice Had “Exceptional” Offseason

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 22, 2009 – 10:48 am

Vikings WR Sidney Rice’s offseason workout regiment this offseason has been well-chronicled. In case you’re unaware, we’ve mentioned in this blog that Rice was at Winter Park every day he was in Minnesota during the offseason and on the days he wasn’t in Minnesota, Rice was training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

While training in Minnesota, Rice spent time working with All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Vikings legend Cris Carter on the University of Minnesota campus, too.

All of his hard work in the offseason is paying off. Rice had a monster game last week against the Ravens, hauling in 6 grabs for 176 yards, and he leads the team in both receptions (23) and receiving yards (409).

“He really pushed himself in terms of physical conditioning, leg strength, stamina, and those kinds of things before he even got back here and worked with us and worked with Larry,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “But he did have an exceptional offseason. He wanted to come in and stay healthy and make it right. He’s managed to do so, so far.”

Along with the good fortune of good health, Rice’s tireless work ethic has allowed him to transcend from a physically gifted athlete to a productive NFL wideout. When he entered the league as a 2nd round draft pick of the Vikings at the age of just 20 years old in 2007, Rice was raw. But now even 19-year veteran Brett Favre has taken note of Rice’s progression.

“There are a lot of guys at that position who are big guys and physically gifted but don’t use it to their advantage,” Favre said. “Sidney uses his physical skills to his advantage.”

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