Hall Of Famer Warren Moon Visits Vikings Rookies

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 9, 2010 – 3:06 pm

Pro Football Hall of Fame QB and former Viking Warren Moon was at Winter Park on Wednesday and he took a few moments to chat with Click here to watch the interview.

Moon was invited to the facility by Head Coach Brad Childress and Executive Director of Player Development/Legal Les Pico to speak with the club’s rookies about life in the NFL and potential challenges that could arise in their careers. If he was as insightful during his time with the rookies as he was with us on camera, both Childress and Pico will be very pleased with the impact Moon will have on the rookies.

We addressed several topics with Moon during the interview, including his time with the Vikings, the franchise celebrating 50 years, John Randle’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and QB Brett Favre.

Following the interview, Moon and RB Adrian Peterson had a casual chat inside the fieldhouse. Peterson is of course a native of Texas and Moon was a fabulous player for the Houston Oilers from 1984 to 1993, so I’m sure Peterson has many memories of watching Moon set several NFL passing records.

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Q&A With Toby Gerhart

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 9, 2010 – 11:20 am

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and emailed questions for RB Tony Gerhart. I was able to chat with him in the locker room over lunchtime to ask him your questions and I’ll include the complete Q&A in this entry.

It’ll be a hectic time for the former Stanford RB over the next month or so. He completed his last final exam on Tuesday, took a red eye flight to Minneapolis last night, is getting caught up as much as possible now and will participate in minicamp this weekend. He also will fly back to Stanford for graduation ceremonies, then return to Winter Park for the offseason program and then head to the annual NFL Rookie Symposium later this month.

That’s a lot for a young NFL player to go through, but after chatting with him at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then this morning, it’s clear to me that he can handle it all.

Without further ado, here is the Q&A…

What are your personal goals for the season?
“To find a way to contribute and get on the field to help this team win. And to win a Super Bowl.”

Will you be able to catch up with the offense before training camp?
“Oh yeah, I think so. (RBs) Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and I are meeting quite a bit right now and he’s doing a great job of getting me up to speed. It’ll take a lot of work and I know it won’t all happen fast, but there’s a great offensive staff here and I’m looking forward to diving right in and learning as much as I can.”

How would you describe your running style?
“Physical and deceptive. I think I’m faster and shiftier than most people realize.”

What are you most looking forward to about playing with the Vikings?
“Getting into the stadium and playing in front of the fans. I’m told that we have the most passionate fan base and I think it’s fun to play for fans like that. It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I’m looking forward to getting that chance.”

Who do you think will win the World Cup?
“Wow, that’s a good and random question. I obviously hope the U.S. wins it. I’m looking forward to their game on Saturday.”

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Leave A Question For Toby Gerhart

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 9, 2010 – 7:59 am

Vikings 2nd round pick RB Toby Gerhart has arrived at Winter Park after taking a red eye flight to Minneapolis following his last final exam at Stanford. He’ll participate in this weekend’s minicamp but before that will get schooled up by RBs coach Eric Bieniemy and other offensive staff members.

I chatted with Gerhart briefly this morning but didn’t want to distract him from whatever else he was doing, so I asked if we could meet up during the lunch hour for a quick Q&A session.

I thought it’d be cool to ask readers to submit questions for Gerhart in the comments section below this blog entry. So submit your questions below and I’ll select several of them to ask Gerhart. Then check back this afternoon for his responses.

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