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Cullen Loeffler One Of 26 Honored On USA Football All-Fundamental Team

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 15, 2011 – 7:46 am

Congratulations go out to Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler on being named to the 3rd annual USA Football All-Fundamental team. USA Football has selected 26 NFL players to its All-Fundamentals Team in an effort to honor players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.

Previous Vikings honorees on the USA Football All-Fundamental team have been Steve Hutchinson and Antoine Winfield.

“It’ll be a great thing to be able to contribute to the football program, and like I said, this will hopefully get them better equipment so they’ll be better protected for what they’re doing,” Loeffler said. “So, it’s a great award and I’m happy to accept it.”

USA Football’s All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players at each offensive and defensive position as well as four special teams positions. Each NFL player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.

The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled by a 5-person selection committee that included Charles Davis of NFL Network and FOX Sports, former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, USA Football Board Member and ESPN analyst Merril Hodge, former NFL head coach and newly hired head coach at UCLA Jim Mora, Jr., and USA Football Chairman and former NFL executive Carl Peterson.

Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports. Employing proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits, which is why USA Football strives to recognize and honor those NFL players whose play emphasizes the importance of fundamentals.

“Since he arrived here in 2004, he’s been one of my community go-to guys,” Vikings Executive Director of Community Relations/Youth Football Brad Madson said. “He’s helped out with the National Football Foundation, USA Football, always supporting youth football. In addition, just a few of the other organizations; The Sheriff’s Youth Program, United Way, Special Olympics Minnesota, Taste of the NFL, Minnesota Veterans Home, and of course, our children’s hospital visits.”

NFL game footage showing USA Football All-Fundamentals Team players’ techniques is available at www.usafootball.com/all-fundamentals-team

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.


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82 Responses to “Cullen Loeffler One Of 26 Honored On USA Football All-Fundamental Team”

  1. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings over the Saints.

  2. By Viking Joe on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, Vikings 38 Saints 34 F A shootout for the ages !!!!! AP 22-153 2TD’S .
    Ponder 19-29 288 yards 3 TD 1 Int. Defense forces 2 fumbles and recovers them.

  3. By Deertracks on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Saints’ Will Smith will walk thru our OL, tap Ponder on the helmont, and ask him to stop throwing Touchdowns to the Saint players, as they are getting tired of running them back…

  4. By TheRealDon on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Titus..

  5. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    If Spielman is the “defacto general manager” then we might a s s u m e that he is responsible for ALL draft picks, trades, free agency, etc.

    There is nothing more important than the level of talent on the field, and IT is missing at many positions.

    Yes, he made some good decisions in obtaining Peterson, and Harvin. But he also selected Rudolph and Gerhart, which were unnecessary picks. They should have been DBs or OLs. And the handling of Moss, and Rice was poor, at best!!!

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!

  6. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    ATTENTION ALL VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE VIKINGS:

    IT MIGHT BE WISE TO CHANGE YOUR DRAFTING PROCEDURES.

    WE DON’T NEED ANYMORE RUNNING BACKS, TIGHT ENDS, OR DEFENSIVE ENDS…DUDE!

    WE NEED OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS!!!

  7. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    WE MIGHT NEED A KICKER THIS YEAR…LONGWELL IS GETTING A LITTLE LONG IN THE TOOTH…YA THINK???

  8. By Mike B. on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred you got to be kidding. Longwell can stil make the long ones.

  9. By Mike B. on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred keep up the GM thing, but I have a feeling the Wilfs aren’t spending any additional funds for non-player personel.

  10. By Mike B. on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Deertracks I hope you are wrong. The Saints don’t do well in a dome not in NO. It could be an opportunity for the Vikings here.

  11. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, you are correct that we needed to address other positions besides what Gerhart and Rudolph filled– but I do believe they were excellent choices in the long run– especially Rudolph– next year on our march to the SB, we will be glad we have him.

  12. By Viking-ology on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    When AP comes back on Sunday, I hope they continue to use Gerhart also. There is nothing wrong with a good one-two punch. I hope the coaches can figure it out.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    HIRE A MANAGER!!!
    HIRE A MANAGER!!!
    HIRE A MANAGER!!!

  14. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    It is true that Longwell can still make the long kicks. However, my point is that he is getting old. We should be prepared.

    I hope the Vikings do not spend more money on non-player personnel. That might mean giving the axe to one or more of their SIX VICE PRESIDENTS!!!

  15. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Yes, we may indeed appreciate Rudolph and Gerhart in the long run. They are good players.

    My point all along has been that we should have drafted and signed free agents in the area of OFFENSIVE LINE AND DEFENSIVE BACK.

    Why are you guys fighting against me???

  16. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    What we might see this year is a repeat of last year’s draft. Aren’t you worried about that? Maybe they will change. Maybe the economy will turn around.

    As for me and my house, we will take action, not just sit back and let it all happen again.

    The announcers had a field day with the Vikings 2011 draft. THEY COULDN’T BELEIVE ANYONE COULD BE THAT DUMB AND IGNORE THEIR OFFENSIVE LINE AND DEFENSIVE BACKS.

  17. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    no one is fighting you Fred– most of us are in agreement with you. I am just saying we will be very happy we picked up Rudolph in the next couple years– he may turn out to be the best TE in all of football.

  18. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B., and Titus,

    Why are u contradicting me?

    One minute you are for HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!! The next you act like the Vikings are 11-2, not 2-11.

    Saying all is well, will not get the Vikings B r a s s to change their behavior!!!

  19. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Fred– stop putting words in my mouth-

  20. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am having trouble posting– Mike must be sitting behind the scenes like the wizard of Oz watching me.

  21. By Vikesftw on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Wilf just wants money and run out of Minnesota with money in his hands. 19 million dollar condo I think it was. Wilf your a bad owner, you better be reading this. Give the team to someone who can manage a franchise. Do people know he is J e w i sh? No wonder why many people hate him. cuz all they do is steal from the people and make only a living for themselves. wake up people! protest against Wilf!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Saints are responsible for the most painful loss I’ve ever experienced as a sports fan. Vikings are one too many men in the huddle penalty away from being one year removed from being Superbowl champions. I’ll never forgive them for that robbery

  23. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Mike W– ATTENTION— please remove the anti-Semitic comment above

  24. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    there is no place for such ignorance and hatred– boot that blogger out of here!

  25. By Saddy on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Just read that Gurley a practice squad WR rejected a roster spot with Vikings and GB fans are applauding it.

    What they didn’t know is as his name suggests He is being “Girly” and not man up to be on the football field to help a team win.

    He probably likes to stay on the sidelines and get his check, that’s what separates Percy and AP from the rest of the crop…

  26. By Mike B. on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred No I think we should hire a GM. But the news is that the Wilfs are not planning any changes this year. They have another year of Childress’s salary and have Frazier’s too. I think they react too slowly to problems in the organization and are reactionary when problems come up. Example is no plan after getting rid of McKinney. Another example is not getting the public behind the stadium issue. Even to the issue of the OL not being healthy. These are things they should be forward looking and are not.

    Take care

  27. By Mike B. on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    wpw I just saw it an anti-semitic comment. why can’t people get past old differences that make no sense.

  28. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Owen Spencer WR added to ps
    Kris Adams WR added to ps

  29. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Adams on the Bears ps until Oct

    Spencer was on the Seahawks ps in Oct . Home state hero in college here glad to see him get a shot in the nfl

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1117363

  30. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Top 50 – 2012 Free Agents

    http://nfltraderumors.co/2012-nfl-free-agents/

    My guess is Spielman will be going after Drew Brees, Ray Rice, and Jermichael Finley

  31. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I noticed EJ Henderson is a FA … So I make this statement in all seriousness … Maybe MLB should be a consideration with our #1 pick

    EJ is solid but a little slow in pa’ss coverage and could you imagine a Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis type of guy? Throw in the fact that Singleterry would be his position coach … It should be considered since EJ will be 32 next season

    So Im officially adding MLB to the 1st pick pool … OL / S / CB / MLB

  32. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    lol shawn, sure would be nice to grab one of those Cornerbacks!

  33. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    ok I think I figured it out

    Sign 2 FAs … S-Laron Landy , CB Courtland Finnegan ( like him or not hes got a mean streak and is an upgrade )

    1st Round … LT / MLB ( keep in mind the rams need a LT and we are tied atm with them , so if we finish 1-2 which I think we will the rams might take the best lineman and that could leave a MLB sitting there or DB )

  34. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Could not find a mlb to put in my mock draft due to the 4-3 scheme. good luck finding one

  35. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree sandi … Im hoping to get 2 guys from free agency.

  36. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    hmm so no ray lewis patrick willis type ? that sux, would be a nice addition

  37. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Its very possible we finish 2-1 … Redskins and Bears look very beatable the way weve played the last 2 games

  38. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I guess next year it would be Upshaw bama or Kuechly bc but they are sloted in the middle first round. will be interesting to see what happens with EJ tho

  39. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    looks like this is the year to take a tackle though, from the mocks i saw looks like 3 going top 12 … there were 2 MLB … ND and ASU

  40. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    but a lot will happen between now and April so its all fun guessery

  41. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Sandi … maybe go with Adibi for 1 year and take MLB 1st next season?

  42. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Yea, as much as i hate to say it with letting ej go. It’s just a business thing

  43. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Jasper Brinkley maybe for a year as well, EJ is one of my favs but 32 is as close to the end as you can get b4 the end … save the money

    gotta get that LT in round 1 … Kalil

  44. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ All Viking Fans … Sandiamond and I have made a tough decision. Enjoy EJ Henderson for the next 3 games because we need to get younger there. So let it be written so let it be done. Sorry EJ its Sandiamonds fault :)

  45. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    ouch! ok, ok platoon with brinkley and ej works too

  46. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Draft talk update:

    St. Louis Rams 2-10 Matt Kalil Left Tackle USC Junior Redshirt Both the Rams and Vikings are 2-10 and out of the playoff hunt. There is speculation that Matt Kalil will return for his senior season at USC. Kalil then told the LA Times that he has not decided yet. I’m leaving Kalil in my mock draft for now because he has a month to make his decision.

    Matt Kalil should reach a decision by next week. Matt Barkley the USC quarterback did not get invited to be a Heisman Finalist after posting better stats than Andrew Luck in 2011. I get a strong feeling that Barkley’s decision will render on Kalil staying at USC or going pro.

    3. Minnesota Vikings 2-10 Morris Claiborne Cornerback LSU Junior Claiborne would make an excellent field cornerback. Antoine Winfield is getting too old and injury prone to be a field cornerback. Winfield needs to move to a boundary role against secondary receivers.

    Claiborne could cover primary receivers with Winfield covering the 2nd receivers. Minnesota would have a formidable defense with a top notch sack unit and top notch run defense.

  47. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    The only positive left for us fans is that the Vikings will be in the football news every day of the offseason holding a top 5 pick and the stadium issue … it will be a big offseason for us fans.

    when you draft beyond the top 10 you dont get a lot of attention through april

  48. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    Thank you for the Free Agent article. It was interesting.

    But you are right, the Wilfs, Spielman, etc., must get their act together and use the money towards what we need.

    WE HAVE NO INTEREST IN WINNING THE FANTASY FOOTBALL!!!

  49. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Remember that in 1998 (Vikings were 15-1) they had 1 1/2 Vice Presidents. By 2007 they had SIX VICE PRESIDENTS.

    There are very few reasons to have that many VPs!

    Let’s cut some VPs, and get a decent football man in there at General Manager!!!

  50. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    You are right about that #3-#5 pick causing lots of interest during the off-season.

    Does anyone know Spielman’s Minnesota address?

    Not that I, Frederick G. Jones, would throw eggs at his house or anything!

  51. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    About that anti-semitic comment: You had a good column except for that remark.

    Scientific studies have shown that we are all the same, it’s only where our ancesters lived that makes us look different. Surprising all races cross over greatly when it comes to genes.

    So any racist argument makes no sense at all.

  52. By Frederick Jones on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn and Sandiamond,

    We will also need a Center, and Guard for next season. Certainly safety is still a big concern.

    Most Dear Wilf Brothers,

    Perhaps these two guys (Shawn and Sandiamond) could replace one or both of our old scouts.

    We may need to have a retirement age for these ancient football players turned scouts. Just because you could play the game, it doesn’t mean you should get a job, and then not have to work!!!

    The Job of SCOUT should not be an honorary position!!!

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  54. By Viking Joe on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I am sure Kalil wii for go his senior season for the cash. Barkley wasn’t invited to the Heisman trophy presentation because USC is on probation, it would make them look bad, Barkley did have a great year. If the Vikings and Rams finish 2-14, the Vikings would get the 2nd overall pick, I hope they draft Kalil or a top flight corner. Oh I agree with Fred hire a COMPETENT GM !!

  55. By Viking Joe on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn the Vikings are 2-11 and so are the Rams.

  56. By Viking Joe on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t see the Vikings getting Finnegan and Landry, maybe one of them, not enough cap space for both, but stranger things have happened.

  57. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    The Job of SCOUT should not be an honorary position!!! I have to agree with you very much on this Fred and believe our scouts are somewhat like “office sitters”. We can only hope for some sort of change in the front office during off-season

  58. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe we go with Landry and Jennings from the bears

    Jennings should be cheaper than Finnegan and with Landry and Jenning we hurt 2 NFC teams and 1 division team

    Bears play cover 2 as well so Jennings should step in and be our best corner right away … depending on Chris Cook who will probably get a plea deal and 4 game suspension next season …. best case scenario

  59. By Northern Norseman on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    THE VIKINGS SIMPLY NEED TO JUST HIT HOME RUNS IN THE DRAFT!!!

    I have stated that my list of needs are….

    10. Special Teams (K/P/Long Snapper)
    9. Quarterback
    8. Running back
    7. Full Back
    6. Tight End
    5. Defensive Line
    4. Line Backer
    3. Wide Receiver
    2. Defensive Back (CB/S)
    1. Offensive Line

    Think about this though……….. If your team had good DBs would you pass on Derrell Revis? If your 3-4 defense had more than capable LBs would you pass on Clay Matthews? If your team has no need for a WR because your receivers are getting the job done would you pass on Calvin Johnson? If your RB (Chester Taylor) has just rushed for over 1,200 yards would you draft someone like Adrian Peterson?

    I certainly understand that no prospect has a guaranteed path to being the best or Hall of Fame bound.

    The point I am making is that I would be overly ecstatic with OT Matt Kalil or if we cannot get him someone like WR Blackmon or CB Claiborn. BUT!! Regardless of who or at what position…… nailing that perenial pro-bowler that is a dynamic game changer is whats really important for the Vikings. Hitting on those HOME RUN draft selections! Hit on even 3-4 of those in one draft can dramatically improve the team……. regardless of which position.

    It is a matter of hitting the HOME RUN….. on multiple prospects during the draft.

  60. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    2012 CB …

    1-Chris Cook
    2-Tim Jennings (from the Bears)
    3-Winfield/Asher/Sapp/Draft Pick
    4-Asher/Sapp/DraftPick
    5-Sapp/Draft Pick
    6-DraftPick

    Sherels and Burton … hmmmm I gotta make room for Sherels somewhere, just in case Cook gets worse case

    That would be a huge improvement

  61. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Northern Norseman … you are correct sir. the draft is a cra’p shoot and luck is a big part. the first round and more specifically the top 10 picks are the easiest picks to make. then who really knows whats what ? not many

  62. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    2012 Safety

    1-Laron Landry
    2-Abdullah/Ced Griffen/Mistral
    3-Sanford
    4-Sanford/Ced Griffen / Mistral

  63. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    if you make your 3rd string player your strongest player … doesnt that mean you strenthened 3 spots?

  64. By sandiamond on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    wow that safety line-up looks sweeeeeeet!

  65. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    someone need to ask frazier about ced and the safety position … especially now that he has officially been benched

  66. By Northern Norseman on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn

    Your not exactly saying it but looking at your 2012 Safety list I would be excited if the Vikings got Landry.

    The Vikings should make get a least one big time free agent. I would most definitely prefer a DB like Landry or Finnegan.

    The reason why I would lean towards Landry is because Safety is not very strong in this years draft….. at all. Some alright but nothing to use an early draft selection on. The CBs are very deep this year as the Vikings selecting early in RD 2 could nail a pretty good CB.

    As for the offense…. WR is not quite as bad as some would think. It is listed at NO. 3 on my list of needs but once Ponder gets even better so will the WRs he is playing with. Do not let this mistaken you for thinking we do not need a WR because the Viking still need that one guy that can help bring the core to the next level. Besides there are a lot more good WRs in this upcoming draft than most would think. There are not many offensive linemen in this free agency. A couple are there but the one big one is OG Hicks from the Saints I believe. It would be amazing to get him but the price tag maybe just to high and it is very hard to see the Saints parting ways with him as good as he is. The offensive lineman group for this years draft is definitely better than last years.

    So if I had to honestly choose…… I would make signing Landry as a priority because the Viking will not find one nearly as good as him in free agency or the draft. While other positions are either deep in the draft or one can find someone reliable enough through free agency.

  67. By Shawn on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Northern Norseman … Im not sure Ive read a lot of your posts b4 but you are making a lot of sense tonight

  68. By Northern Norseman on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah I read a lot here. I have before attempted to contribute with people on here but for some reason it just wouldn’t go through. Sometimes it would and sometimes it wouldn’t……. basically I would get stressed out and not even try anymore. Then someone said the website is very odd about what words can and cannot be used.

    By the way I think its awesome to all of you who consistently contribute to this place. Makes for good topics and discussions. Not many similar places have what goes on here.

  69. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Is it true Brees is a free agent next year? Not like we need him, just wondering.

  70. By Northern Norseman on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Titanium

    I believe so but I know the Saints are currently in aggressive contract talks with Brees. Very hard to see them parting ways. Would be kind of cool to see Brees in a place like Kansas City though.

  71. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    I would highly doubt anyone getting rid of Brees– he is 32, I believe, so he will be very good for at least another three years or so. What concerns me is that Ponder has been looking sheepish after some of these losses, especially after the Denver game. We cannot have our QB lose his confidence. Then again, last week, when Ponder was put on the sideline and replaced with Webb, his arms were crossed and his face with that body language told the story– hey I am t-od. Hopefully that did something to restore his swagger.

    Vikes upset the Saints this Sunday—

  72. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, Norseman, I tried posting earlier and it would not go through — quite a great posting if I do say so myself. I even copied it beforehand just in case– then I changed words I thought had hidden “naughty” words, but to no avail– yes, it can be frustrating. Sometimes, I think the site just does not work. Or the administrator sits like the wizard of Oz, watching us and controlling our thoughts.

  73. By Northern Norseman on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Ha! I absolutely understand what your saying. It drives me MAD when I spend forever manipulating, changing, and reworking my posts just to never have them go through.

    I really do think Ponder will be a great QB in this league.

    I saw him on the sideline also but you have to admit that look is better than if he was all giddy and laughing while being a jokester on the sideline. He was upset as he should be.

    I do notice he has some sort of awesome resilience to him that I feel eventually will bring him to great heights.

    John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Troy Aikman all had very unimpressive rookie seasons. They flashed brilliance but that was about it. Ponder is going to the same struggles while showing some brilliance.

    Give him time. Very very rarely does a player come into the league and dominate. Vikings have been spoiled with players like Moss, Peterson, Harvin that come in and are crazy good.

    Ponder plays the toughest position and it is his first year in the highest level of football on the planet. We just have to back him up every step of the way and hope for the best.

  74. By Northern Norseman on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Do you ever wonder if anyone like Spielman, Frazier, or Wilf comes on to post here? Ha I would not be surprised if they have before. I’m sure we would also in there position.

  75. By Northern Norseman on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Or even players for that matter…….. ha there has to be some players that have posted here. Kluwe…… Harvin…… Carter….. I know your here. Jerry Ball….. I know your here too.

  76. By Matthias on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Kalil is going to be a viking or a ram:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d825197e1/article/usc-trojans-left-tackle-kalil-says-its-time-to-move-on-to-nfl

  77. By Matthias on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Vikesftw: Get out. The world would be better without racists like you. The only thing you do is spreading hate along the people. In the end we are all the same and nobody has the right to dicriminate anybody, who has a different skin or religion.

    This is coming from a german. I am just getting sick that nearly everybody thinks we are racists, even though the most of us aren’t racists. Actually I do not want to be compare to the ones like you!

    Get out!

  78. By sandiamond on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    NN that’s a bit of a wild imagination,,, all we know is a couple of front office folks have posted during a time of damage control along with sherel’s dad a few times. Some might scan _ the blogs and curse us but this is the Fan’s house!!

  79. By DRS on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Matthias, what are you talking about, and to whom?

    Here is to a win on Sunday.

    Someday this team will play as a team, and win once more.

    Hire a GM, get a new stadium in AH, and win the remaining games. That would be nice.

    SKOL Vikings

    Everyone have a great day.

  80. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Norseman on Ponder and I saying I am hopeful with what I saw on the sidelines– he looked like he wanted to get back in and not be showed up by Webb. I expect him to play very well against the Saints. A shootout– over 70 points scored with the Vikings winning!

  81. By Derrick.G on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Kalil is entering the draft. This is great news.

  82. By Regfan on Dec 17, 2011 | Reply

    They should sit Peterson and Ponder and let Webb take over

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