As record high temperatures continue to bake the United States, the Vikings and 31 other NFL teams will continue their preparations for the 2010 season at training camps. The humidity here in Mankato is already high this morning and it’s expected to climb as the day goes on.
With that in mind, I found a note from ESPN’s NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert to be an appropriate and sobering reminder about the dangers of being out in these temperatures. Seifert, who was on the Vikings beat for the Star Tribune for 8 years, is on a tour of NFC North camps and on August 1 – the 9-year anniversary of Vikings T Korey Stringer passing away from complications related to heat stroke – Seifert chimed in with some thoughts.
“I think of Korey every time I step onto a steamy training camp field,” Seifert wrote. “I hope you do as well, and I hope that his completely preventable death helped convince the general public that heat stroke is real, that it’s dangerous and it is deadly.”
He goes on to say more and you can read it by clicking here. It’s just a reminder of how we lost a great man that hot summer day in 2001 and how we can go about preventing it from happening again.
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