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Harvin Up For Pepsi Rookie Of The Year Honors

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 8, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Earlier this week, Vikings WR Percy Harvin was named the Associated Press’ Offensive Rookie of the Year. Now, the speedy and elusive play-maker is up for another rookie of the year award.

Harvin, who set a franchise record for all-purpose yardage with 2,081 combined rushing/receiving/return yards, is 1 of 5 finalists for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. The other 4 finalists are Bills S Jairus Byrd, Texans LB Brian Cushing, Packers LB Clay Matthews and RavensT Michael Oher.

You can vote for Harvin by clicking here.

The 22nd pick in last April’s draft, Harvin quickly emerged as one of the league’s most electrifying play-makers. He became the first Viking ever to record 2 kickoff return TDs in a season and career and he was 2nd on the team with 60 receptions.

Harvin was named Pepsi Rookie of the Week 7 times during the regular season.


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Minneapolis Hospitality Industry Supports Stadium Solution

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 8, 2010 – 8:06 am

Meet Minneapolis™, Official Convention + Visitors Association, and its Board of Directors announced on Thursday its support for a Vikings stadium solution during the 2010 Legislative Session.

“We believe the Vikings are an important asset that needs to be retained in Minnesota,” said Meet Minneapolis President & CEO Melvin Tennant. “Professional sports add to the competitiveness of the region and positively impact the hospitality industry, which is why we support the Vikings efforts to resolve this issue in 2010.”

Within the position statement, Meet Minneapolis said, “the team generates awareness, civic pride, tourism and fan visits while adding significantly to the state’s economy…therefore Meet Minneapolis™, Convention + Visitors Association, strongly supports an aggressive public discussion and action leading to a solution to the team’s facilities needs before the end of the 2010 Legislative Session.”

“We are very appreciative of Meet Minneapolis’ support of our stadium efforts,” said Vikings VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “The Vikings value the input of the hospitality industry and the relationship we have with them. We know this project will not move forward without the involvement of business and community leaders like Meet Minneapolis.”

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS: Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes the Minneapolis area as a venue for conventions and meetings and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to bring a positive economic impact to the greater Minneapolis area.


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