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Boring Isn’t Always Bad

The Vikings offseason thus far can be best described as “boring,” and rightfully so.

Waiting for an old guy to make a decision is the equivalent of watching paint dry, sifting through details of a seemingly never ending court case feels like watching grass grow, signing a kicker generates enough buzz to sell about zero more season tickets, and getting Twitter updates about an over-the-hill running back’s limo felt like watching 24, but in super slow motion.

However, a boring offseason doesn’t necessarily equal a bad offseason.

We are now about eight months removed from the night Cedric Griffin made the poor decision to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink.  After realizing his mistake and pulling off the side of the road, a police officer stopped and arrested him for his poor judgement.

Other than a rash of tickets resulting from two of the Vikings fastest players driving ludicrously fast, Brad Childress’ “Culture of Accountability” has been quite successful this offseason.

The Vikings younger players will start showing up for OTAs next week, which means the window of time in which players have the most free time and the most likelihood of getting into trouble is closing.

I don’t want to speak too soon (and, yes, I’m knocking on wood) but the Vikings players and coaches deserve accolades for their good behavior thus far in the offseason.  Plenty of teams already cannot boast such a police-blotter-free offseason.

For the Vikings, however, simply not causing trouble is not good enough.  Plenty of them are doing some great community service work that should not go without notice.

  •  Lezlie Frazier has been honored by the State of Mississippi for his off-the-field contributions to young men, football programs, and special needs students in his home state.
  • Ben Leber continues a 50-year tradition of leading players to the U of M Children’s Hospital and also spearheads efforts to raise funds for the hospital.
  • E.J. Henderson’s injury has not kept him from continuing his commitment to teaching the importance of physical fitness and life skills to today’s youth via his Foundation.
  • This year is no different for Pat Williams, as he will be hosting his annual “Bowl with the Vikings” event which raises funds for the Vikings Children’s Fund which is set up to directly benefit the children of Minnesota.
  • Steve Hutchinson hosts an annual “Holiday Feast” which acts as a fundraiser for the U of M Children’s Hosptial and is also an enjoyable event for those young patients and their families.  One can only imagine how much it means for these kids to spend an evening with their heroes.
  • Cullen Loeffler, Fred Evans, and Ryan Cook helped make some holiday wishes come true by teaming up with Cheerful Giver which directly benefits the Minnesota youth. 
  • The Vikings team as whole is dedicated to community service and tackling local issues such as influenza.  Events such as Artic Blast have helped fund the Vikings Children’s Fund for years now, and they show no signs of slowing down.  Almost every member of the Vikings organization appears to deserve credit for the success of this fund. 
  • Multiple Vikings players are spending their offseason in pursuit of further education and even finishing the degrees they started in college.
  • In addition to numerous appearances and donations made for the good of charity, Adrian Peterson is hosting a youth football camp again this year.
  • Perhaps the most generous player in the NFL is Vikings safety Madieu Williams.  He has made millions of dollars in contributions to worthy causes and is not showing any signs of slowing down this offseason.  (Editor’s Note:  The Madieu Williams Foundation is an awesome thing, and if you are looking to donate to a worthy cause anytime soon, check it out) 
  • The Vikings are continuing their “Planet Purple” program which is an effort to raise awareness and seek solutions to today’s environmental problems. 
  • Head Coach Brad Childress will be participating in the NFL’s USO Coach Tour.
  • Jared Allen is busy working on building handicap accessible homes for our wounded soldiers coming home from Iraq and elsewhere. 
  • Both Brett and Deanna Favre have not let the move to Minnesota hamper their giving ways.  They contribute to a number causes which is led by their Fourward Foundation.

Now, I am certain I missed plenty of other great deeds done by members of the Vikings organization.  In one way or another, the Vikings entire 53-man roster from 2009 participated in community outreach.  That marks the third straight season that this occurred.  

So, hats off to the entire organization from Zygi Wilf on down. 

You guys are making all of us fans very proud!


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4 Responses to “Boring Isn’t Always Bad”

  1. Adam Warwas says:

    Freds, if you are out there somewhere. Your comment on a previous post about Ducasse and his “mental errors” went to our spam for some reason, so please allow me to answer here:

    Ducasse is relatively new to the game and struggles in reaction to stunts or other variations thrown at him. This biggest knock has been his ability to react and adjust when he needs to. Coaching can fix all of this, but he may be more of a project than a serious contender for a starting job.

  2. Viking John says:

    With the media so high on reporting everything that is negative, it is nice to see some positives that these high profile people do.
    Thanks Adam
    Go Vikes

  3. Purple Charlie says:

    It’s alway nice to read good things that the team does for the community and others…

    That is one thing that I’ll give Childress credit for… Wish he would stick to that instead of his Philosophical Quotes…

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