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Memory Of Stringer On Scorching Opening Day

Today is an exciting day as Vikings training camp will open in Mankato after a torturous offseason.

Today also marks the 10 year anniversary of Korey Stringer’s death stemming from heat-related illness.  As temperatures are set to soar in Minnesota, the memories of Stringer will likely serve as a cautionary tale for players and coaches.

“To this day I’ll see a funny skit on television and I think Korey would love what I’m watching,” said former running back Robert Smith. “Nicknames were a big thing with him. We had nicknames for him and he’d always have a nickname for me. I’d call him ‘Special K’ or just ‘Special’ for short. You can’t find anyone who would ever say anything bad about Korey.”

“Big K was the funny man who kept everyone’s spirits up,” said Jim Kleinsasser. “He was the biggest, nicest guy ever. It was a complete shock to go through that and I can only imagine what it was like for his family. It was sad to see a great guy leave.”

The Vikings have a tree planted in Mankato in honor of Stringer and he still has a locker at Winter Park with his equipment still in it.  Tomorrow, the team will open camp by taking time to remember Stringer and the importance of taking measures to ensure such a tragedy does not ever happen again.

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4 Responses to “Memory Of Stringer On Scorching Opening Day”

  1. vk4life says:

    Oh man I remember that day, I was so floored and in complete shock. He was not just a great player he was always known for being a great guy! Great teammate and from what they all say a great friend!! You are truly missed Big K we will always hold a special place in our hearts for you! SKOL!!

  2. AnotherBlondeViking says:

    VK-Amen! I will cherish a picture of Korey holding my friends’ very sick child at the Children’s hospital. The concern he had was so transparent and so sincere–he cradled that girl in his big hands and brought joy to all.

    My heart goes out to his family, friends and teammates. The Purple lost a giant of a man in so many ways.

    Oh, and the sick child is now a teenager with an attitude–and a big Vikings fan!

    Take care, Everyone!

  3. lost viking says:

    Recall that Korey had just cooperated for an article in Vanity Fair or GQ the same month. The mag hits the newsstand but the day before the Pioneer Press has a picture of Stringer in complete fatigue on the sidelines looking out-of-shape.

    The next day Korey comes back and suffers the heat stroke.

    The mag article is really worth searching out. It shows what a great person Korey was privately. Also, talks about how hard he had to work to succeed as a LT.

    Sad story. Good memories.

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