Jenkins, Robison Visit Burnsville, Lakeville Chambers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 9, 2011 – 3:52 pm

As part of the Vikings “You Made the Team” Community Tour, Vikings personnel hosted a luncheon with the Burnsville and Lakeville Chambers of Commerce on Tuesday.

During the lunch, Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley addressed a crowd of civic and business leaders about the team’s passion for giving back to local communities, and he provided a stadium status report. In addition, KFAN-FM mid-day host and Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen conducted a Q&A on the Vikings 2011 season with WR Michael Jenkins and DE Brian Robison.

The Vikings “You Made the Team” Community Tour was implemented in 2007 and is designed to connect with fans, community partners and local leaders while providing an update on the excitement of Vikings football. Thus far the tour has made 14 stops: Austin, Brainerd, Duluth, Fargo/Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Iowa City, Mankato, Marshall, Owatonna, Red Wing, Rochester, St. Cloud and Willmar.

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National Football Foundation Honors Vikings ’08 Community QB Sean Gothier

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 9, 2011 – 3:20 pm

The National Football Foundation (NFF) has recognized Sean Gothier as the Midwest Region recipient of its Chapter Leadership Awards. Recipients are recognized for outstanding leadership and dedication to amateur football at the local level.

Gothier was selected by the Vikings as the Community Quarterback in 2008, and he initiated the Fred Zamberletti Award, which honors an outstanding Minnesota athletic trainer who has had strong impact in the athletic training profession. Fred Zamberletti (second on the right in below picture) was a long-time athletic trainer for the Vikings and remains with the organization as a consultant and team historian; Zamberletti has not missed a game in the 51-year history of the Vikings and he’s an individual who has earned the respect and trust of countless players and staff during his tenure with the club.

Gothier (far right in above picture) was a 4-year starter at DB for Bethel University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1991; he later added a master’s degree in teaching from St. Mary’s University. Now a sales specialist for a pharmaceutical company, Gothier previously taught social studies and coached high school football for more than 10 years. He keeps a busy volunteer schedule today, and in 2008 he was recognized by the Vikings as the Community Quarterback.

Gothier founded the NFF Minnesota Chapter in 2007, and has served as the Chapter’s president since its inception.

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Vikings Add DB Reggie Jones To Practice Squad

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 9, 2011 – 2:17 pm

A spot on the Vikings practice squad opened up yesterday because the Washington Redskins singed DB Domonique Johnson to their 53-man roster.

To fill the vacant spot on the practice squad roster, the Vikings signed DB Reggie Jones.

Jones measures in at 6-0, 195 pounds and played college football at Portland State.

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Reminder: “Vikings Country” Featuring Jared Allen Is Live At Mall Of America Tonight

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 9, 2011 – 8:48 am

As is the case each Wednesday during the NFL season, fans can head to Mall of America tonight from 6:30 to 7 to check out “Vikings Country,” a weekly radio show hosted by Mike Mussman and co-hosted by either Jared Allen or Chad Greenway.  Tonight, Allen is the co-host.

The show will be broadcast live from the Sky Deck Sports Grille and Bar at Mall of America – located on the fourth floor, east side – every Wednesday during the regular season and will air on KFAN (FM 100.3); the show will also be aired on Fox Sports North at 11:00 a.m. every Sunday. Allen and Greenway will alternate weeks as co-hosts of the show with Mussman, and the Vikings Street Team will be at each broadcast giving away great prizes.

Fans are encouraged to attend the live broadcast each week at the Sky Deck Sports Grille and Bar, where they will enjoy a state-of-the-art restaurant and entertainment facility that features high definition TV’s, quality billiards, 12 lanes of bowling and a great menu of beverages and food.

Allen will co-host the following nights: tonight, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7, and Dec. 21.  Greenway will co-host on Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, and Dec. 28.

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