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Former Viking Udeze Helps Raise Money For Cancer Research

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2010 – 3:10 pm

Kenechi Udeze may not be on the Vikings roster, but that hasn’t stopped him from making an impact and joining in on a team effort in Minnesota.

The former DE, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008, attended the Fools Five Road Race in Lewiston, MN and was the event’s speaker. The Fools Five Road Race is an annual event in the southeastern MN town but this year’s event saw record participation.

Click here to watch a video report on the event and hear from Udeze.


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Vikings Sign Trio Of UFAs

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2010 – 10:22 am

As mentioned earlier this morning, the offseason program began Monday for players with 4 or more years of experience.

And speaking of players with 4 or more years of experience, a trio of them who were also unrestricted free agents (UFAs) signed their tenders and are now under contract with the club.

OL Ryan Cook, DT Fred Evans and S Eric Frampton each signed their RFA tenders. All 3 players held significant roles with the Vikings in 2009. Cooks is a versatile player who can play all along the offensive line, Evans is a key reserve in the Vikings DL rotation and Frampton is a core special teams contributor who also provides depth at S.


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Monday Morning Mailbag Is Posted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2010 – 8:58 am

This week’s Monday Morning Mailbag is posted and you can read it by clicking here.

Do you have a comment or question you’d like submitted to the vikings.com mailbag? If you do, email it to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net.

We can’t post every comment or question but I’ll respond to each question.


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Congratulations To Twins On Opening Target Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2010 – 7:46 am

For 28 years, the Vikings and Minnesota Twins shared a home stadium – the HHH Metrodome – but today is the latest, greatest reminder that the 2 clubs will no longer share a stadium. The Twins will open their new home, Target Field, today by hosting the Boston Red Sox at 3:00 p.m.

We’d like to congratulate our former Dome-mates on the opening of their new ballpark; it’s an exciting day for their organization and the type of day that the Vikings can certainly appreciate.

Target Field has received universal acclaim to this point and it’s clear that the new venue will provide the type of game-day atmosphere the organization and its fans certainly deserve.  Let’s hope that the opening of Target Field and the Twins success in their new home will serve as a great home field advantage but also another reminder of how important it is to figure out a way to get the Vikings in a new home of their own.

One day, hopefully, the Vikings will celebrate the opening of a new stadium in Minnesota. But today, let’s enjoy the opening of Target Field and wish the Twins nothing but the best in their new home.

Go Twins!


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Energy Level Picks Up At Winter Park

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2010 – 7:14 am

It might be the middle of the offseason, but you wouldn’t be able to tell it by the sounds coming from the weight room at Winter Park. The music is loud and the weight plates are clacking as the Vikings offseason program hits full stride today with veteran players arriving.

The offseason program for players with 1 to 3 years of service began on March 29 and today it began for players with 4 or more years of experience. Because these sessions are not mandatory not every player on the roster will be in town, but many of the veterans and younger players are here pushing hard toward the 2010 season.

Players rehabbing from injuries have been here day-in and day-out since the end of last season. Other players, such as LB Chad Greenway, P Chris Kluwe, LB Ben Leber and LB Kenny Onatolu, have been regulars at Winter Park all offseason. But it was good to see guys such as TE Jim Kleinsasser, CB Benny Sapp and DT Kevin Williams walk through the doors this morning.

I expect to see plenty more veterans today and moving forward in the next few weeks. Head Coach Brad Childress’ has seen good participation overall in his offseason programs in Minnesota, just one of the many reasons he’s been able to foster a good atmosphere in the locker room and help improve the team’s record every years since arriving here in 2006.

With so many guys around the facility, be sure to check vikings.com frequently for updates and news.


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