Veteran DT Pat Williams said it on Thursday just after checking into Julia A. Sears Residence Community for his 6th Vikings training camp.
“It’s time to finish it,” the 14-year pro said. “We didn’t finish it last year, so this year we’re going to start here at training camp and we’re going to finish it this year.”
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress also mentioned it during his opening press conference on Friday.
“Everybody has a sense of unfinished business from last year,” Childress said, “and just based on the offseason that these guys have had, we’re going to have a good football team.”
The feeling of unfinished business is one that can eat away at a player or coach all offseason. But it’s also one that can help motivate for the coming season. It’s one thing to have a desire for vengeance after coming up excruciatingly short of the ultimate team goal; it’s yet another to meld that vengeance into a work ethic that will aide in the achievement of the goal.
“I’m fond of saying what Jim Valvano used to say,” Childress said. “‘Working hard gives you a chance to have a chance. If you don’t work hard people are catching up.’ I think we have a talented enough team to be a good football team this year.”
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