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Mike Talks About Camp With Erin Henderson

It’s great having players that are so responsive to their fans, and it really makes me proud to be a Vikings fan and have the privilege to write for a site like this. Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has been kind enough to answer a few more questions for us, and hopefully will continue to throughout the season.

Mike:  Can you explain camp to the fans? Likes? Dislikes?

Erin:  There’s not really much to like about training camp. It’s by far the toughest part of playing pro ball. It’s very demanding in many ways. It will test you physically, mentally, and sometimes even spiritually. However,  I would have to say that the 1 thing I enjoy about camp is that it is a chance for me to go out there show and prove as well and do what I love to do, and that’s play the game. 

Mike:  How has camp changed compared to your rookie year? Last year?

Erin:  As far as the camp itself, it’s not much different. Our schedule has been pretty consistent since I have been here. For myself it’s become easier each year because I now know exactly what to expect and know what I have to do to prepare for it. Knowing my playbook as well as I do has helped a ton as well.

Mike:  Coach Childress has seemingly done a 180 with his personality since he began with the Vikes, having a grueling camp in 2006, to a seemingly relatively light (well only 3 fully padded practices) camp this year. Could you provide a players point of view on the commander and cheif of the purple and gold?

Erin:  I think when he first got here he had to establish himself as the big dog and let everybody know this was his ship to sail. As it is now we have a veteran group that knows what it takes to be ready to win when the season rolls around and we have also come to understand that with Coach Childress it’s his way or the highway.

Mike:  It seems like this team is very close, does everyone get along or do you basically hang with your fellow position players?

Erin:  I can’t speak for everyone but I can tell you my perspective. I feel I get along with the entire team and for the most part, I would say I’m pretty well liked by my teammates. as with any other job or profession there is always going to be cliques of people that may hang out together but I don’t think that means they don’t like the others they don’t.

Mike:  With 4 preseason games, and some guys still fighting to make the roster, how do you prepare for these games compared to regular season? How are the practices different?

Erin:  For me it has to be approached with the same mindset and intensity as a regular season game. If I don’t perform now then I won’t get a chance to later. We practice a lot harder in the preseason than we do in the regular. We are technically still in camp and you also have to remember that the starters don’t play much in the preseason games so they still have to sharpen their swords at practice.

Mike:  I saw on Twitter you are looking for a personalized celebration this year, and ideas yet?

Erin:  Few ideas but none that really stuck out to me yet. I might have to send out some more tweets to get people to help come up with one.

Mike:  I’ll leave it at that for now. Hope you have a great game on Saturday!

I just want to say again how much I, and I’m sure all of us on this site appreciate you taking time for us Erin, and I wish you the best for the season. Hope to hear from you again soon!

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5 Responses to “Mike Talks About Camp With Erin Henderson”

  1. starrc10 says:

    Thanks Erin! Beat the Packers!

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    Erin is a real likeable dude just like his brother. Great job on the interview Mike, thanks.

  3. c.carterhof says:

    Personalized celebration? Maybe he should just worry about making the team. I’m just kiddin, seems like a good kid. Listen to your brother kid. He’ll tell ya that in 27 days you better be ready.

    Yep, it all starts in 27 John Turner days.
    This guy led the team in ints 3 years. Played both corner spots and even started at saftey for a couple years. I still love ya Freds!

  4. Viking John says:

    Well, we can still have 21 Smoot days? Or 21 Chavous days?
    Go Vikes

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