Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: July 14, 2010 9:12 pm

More national pub for Favre

The latest edition of the Men’s Journal magazine that will hit bookshelves Friday has an in-depth interview with Vikings QB Brett Favre. The magazine sent out advanced copies to select media, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune snagged a copy (yo, Men’s Journal, how about some love for the Facts & Rumors blog?)

In the Men’s Journal article, written by Stephen Rodrick, Favre discusses the final game of last season – the loss to the Saints – and the interception that cut short Minnesota’s playoff run and about the pleasure he derived from last season.

But what sounds most interesting is the exchange he and his agent, Bus Cook, had when Favre told ESPN about his offseason ankle surgery. Rodrick apparently was present for that confrontation.

Anyway, sounds like an interesting piece.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:13 pm

Favre, his ankle ditch reporters

B. Favre works out with the Oak Grove High School team (AP) If his reporter-dodging skills are any indication, it seems that Vikings QB Brett Favre’s surgically-repaired ankle is feeling just fine.

According to this Associated Press story , Favre spotted reporters waiting by his truck as he worked out with the Oak Grove High School football team Monday morning, and instead of bull-rushing his way into the driver’s seat, he sent somebody else to drive his truck to a less media-friendly area.

Not anything too newsworthy in the story, but the scene-setting lede was a funny one. Currently, Favre is expected to return for his 20th season.

Though the will-he-retire-or-won’t-he Favre storyline – the same theme that’s seemingly played year after year after year – might annoy some fans (OK, just about every fan), former Cowboys star WR Michael Irvin can sympathize.

"You can't blame him," Irvin told reporters last week. "I tell people all the time. Don't be stupid. Don't allow your ego to make you walk away from the greatest thing you will ever experience. The unity of walking onto a football field with 52 other guys, you have one purpose, one goal and one heartbeat. Wow, what a feeling.

"You make them drag you off the field. You will never have this again in your life."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 1:25 pm

Rumor has it Adrian Peterson wants a new deal

Michael Lombardi of NFL.com had an interesting tidbit in his column today:

“The next player to complain about his contract will be Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who missed the mandatory minicamp due to a scheduling conflict.”

Peterson is in the fourth year of his rookie contract. The deal was a six-year agreement, valued at $40.5 million. Peterson has averaged around 1,500 yards rushing a year in his career thus far.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:36 pm

What's the deal with Sidney Rice's hip?

S. Rice celebrating (US Presswire) Kind of a strange day for Vikings WR Sidney Rice and, I suppose, his hip.

First, let’s go to the reaction of former star Cris Carter – who, along with Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, has been working out NFL receivers at the University of Minnesota – on Rice, who wasn’t in attendance. Keep in mind that Rice credited the Fitzgerald summer workouts with helping him to an 83-catch, 1,312-yard, eight-touchdown Pro Bowl season last year.

As brought to you by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , Carter sounded peeved at Rice’s absence.

"I don’t know," Carter said when asked what challenges Rice will face this season. "You have to ask him. I don’t know what it’s like to have one good year and then disappear. I don’t know what it’s like. That’s on him. I really don’t know. … If I had that kind of impact on him, he should have been here today."

And then this: "I don’t look mad do I?" Carter said. "I don’t get mad about kids coming or not coming. Larry is the only one who invited me. … Everybody else is just getting the benefit of our relationship. But Sidney is not here so I guarantee he’s not getting no better today."

With rumors that Rice’s groin was injured, that prompted Drew Rosenhaus, Rice’s agent, to go on a Twittering rampage (OK, it was only two tweets but still). The first: “Sidney Rice does not have a groin injury and has not had surgery. He does have a lingering hip injury that he suffered in the play-offs.” And the second: “Sidney does not anticipate that this injury will require surgery and he's hopeful that he will be fully healthy for the start of the season.”

Then, the Star-Tribune caught up with Rice, who said, “"Everything is alright. I'll be ready to go at camp. … Just being cautious with it. I can run. I'm jogging and sprinting. I'm just not doing a lot of cutting and different things like that. The doctors feel this is the best thing."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:41 pm

Your annual Favre Mississippi high school story

From the “what else is new?” file, Brett Favre is throwing passes to high schoolers in Mississippi again. The Minneapolis Star writes, “Nevil Barr, the coach at Oak Grove, said that Favre was on the field Thursday morning throwing passes to the high school receivers. According to Barr, Favre began making occasional appearances at the high school to throw shortly after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in late May.”
B.Favre (US Presswire)
Favre threw to high schoolers last offseason shortly before deciding to return.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 1, 2010 5:51 pm

Favre spotted throwing to WRs

Adding further speculation to what most people already seem to know – that Vikings QB Brett Favre will return for another season – Favre has been working out with and throwing to Oak Grove High School wide receivers in Hattiesburg, Miss since shortly after he underwent ankle surgery in May.

"His arm is great like always," Oak Grove coach Nevil Barr told the Minneapolis Star Tribune . "As far as how his ankle is I haven't heard him say anything about it. We don't ask him a whole lot on that."

Barr, of course, doesn’t mind welcoming a future Hall of Famer to his field to work with his team. Barr says Favre teaches the young football players about hard work and discipline. Maybe the kids don’t learn quite as much about how to make concrete plans for the future, but still, Favre can’t be perfect.

The best part of this story, though, came from the Twitter page of SI.com’s Ross Tucker . Wrote Tucker: “At some point the starting QB at Oak Grove High School is going to get mad about Favre taking so many of his reps each summer.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 30, 2010 9:34 am

Cunningham's son found dead

This is a terrible way to begin the day, but the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports today that the 2-year-old son of former Eagles QB Randall Cunningham was found dead floating in the backyard hot tub at his home in Las Vegas. Though police were investigating for possible abuse, they said the drowning appeared to be accidental.

Cunningham – now a pastor at Remnant Ministries, the church he founded in 2004 – was not home at the time.

"We know healing is going to take time," one church member, who goes by the name Miss Happy, told the newspaper. "We ask that everyone pray for the family. It hurts. It hurts."

Cunningham, a four-time Pro-Bowler, played 16 seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Eagles, Vikings, Ravens and Cowboys. He’s among the top-35 all-time in career passing completions, passing touchdowns, passing yards, pass attempts and sacks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 8:13 pm

Shiancoe Wants a New Contract in Minnesota

Pro Football Weekly says that Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe wants a new contract. The eighth-year pro wants to be paid Top Five tight end money. Shiancoe has two years remaining on the contract that agent Tony Agnone got him, but he has since replaced Agnone with Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus is notorious for seeking new deals for players who have multiple years remaining on their current deals.

A new contract for Shiancoe is not believed to be imminent, but Rosenhaus and the Vikings are talking. Undoubtedly, the Vikings will at some point tell Rosenhaus that his client is not a top five player at his position. Rosenhaus already knows this; it’s his job to spin the facts and make the Vikings realize that, in their system, Shiancoe IS a Top Five tight end because he’s the movable chess piece that creates mismatches in the passing game. Stay tuned.

--Andy Benoit

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