Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Image from the Facebook page of Harley Carnes

This is the slowest period within the NFL calendar, but that doesn’t mean Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is taking any breaks from being an awesome philanthropist.

Appearing on the Purple For The Win! Podcast on Tuesday, Greenway alluded to plans for creating a very special day for young Harley Carnes and his family this week, and he certainly followed through in a big, big way.

Harley was only given a five percent chance of living after being involved in a horrible car accident just one day prior to his ninth birthday. He beat those odds, but is now paralyzed from the neck down, and life will certainly be far more challenging as a result.

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(photo used with permission)

Thanks to Luke Inman for his collaboration on this piece. 

Larry Butler III didn’t play varsity football all four years of high school. He didn’t attend a Division I school for college ball.

But there’s no doubt about it – he could be a significant target in the 2016 NFL Draft. In May, Butler was referred to as “the best linebacker prospect you haven’t heard of.” We want to make sure that you hear about him.

Luke Inman, of eDraft Sports, said the following of Butler:

“He’s the epitome of a student athlete not giving up on his dream. While his story may never end up on the movie screen like Michael Oher and The Blind Side, it is one in which children following his footsteps should encounter as it speaks to the passion, heart, and determination to not let anything get in his way of reaching his goals. Of course, that’s just off the football field. Between the hashes, Butler is one of the most sought-after and talked-about Division II linebackers in the entire country.”

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota’s local CBS affiliate has reported that a fire broke out during the construction of the new Vikings Stadium (or US Bank Stadium). It’s not a big deal:

The construction firm working on project confirmed there had been fire, which workers extinguished immediately.

The workers were welding metal decks and sparks fell onto nearby insulation material, said a representative from Mortenson.

The representative said no one was injured in the incident and work continued immediately afterward.

The image of the fire (linked in story) looks bad, but is just the result of insulation burning.

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We got our question this week off the good ol’ Twitter machine — It’s a little different than what we normally do, and we all had fun coming up with our answers!

If you started an NFL team today and could pick one quarterback, one running back and one wide receiver, who would you pick?

Brent: 
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Eddie Lacy
WR: Mike Evans

I had some fun thinking up these selections; although it was hard to pick a Packer over any Viking, I couldn’t help it. The reasoning for my picks is this: Luck is by far the best young QB on the planet right now, in my opinion, and he’s a once-in-a-generation type of QB who will go down as one of the all-time greats. I really believe that. Part of me still wanted to pick Bridgewater here, mostly because I do think he’ll be awesome in the long run, but I’m not sure he reaches Luck’s level—nor should we expect him to. Lacy, although I hate to say it, is a great running back to compliment a strong passing offense. Not only can he pound it between the tackles and pick up easy yardage when defenses favor the pass, but he’s also quite sufficient at pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. I could have gone with several wide receivers, because the league is ripe with that talent right now, but Evans is the big-bodied wide out who would help me stretch the field. I like his red zone potential and think he encompasses a lot of the things you want in your No. 1 wide receiver.


Adam:
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Eddie Lacy
WR: Odell Beckham, Jr.

Andrew Luck is quite easily the most promising young quarterback in the NFL right now, and while there is still a gap between him and Aaron Rodgers, I give Luck the edge because of his youth and the fact that he is not Aaron Rodgers. Now, despite his Packerism, I love the way Eddie Lacy bruises his way to yardage and he is arguaby the best young running back in the NFL right now (current rookies aside). Again, putting a great deal of value into age considerations, OBJ will potentially be the NFL’s best wide out for the next five to seven years if his rookie season was any indication of things to come.

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According to Tom Pelissero, the Vikings have selected a new head team physician in Dr. Chris Larson.

Larson is associated with Twin Cities Orthopedics, as are additional new hires Dr. Chris Coetzee and Dr. Greg Lervick. Pelissero reported that the Vikings’ previous contract with Tria Orthopedics expired, and the team has now decided to transition to the new brand.

It seems Minnesota is intentionally employing specialists, as each of the three additions focus on a specific area. Coetzee works with foot/ankle, and Lervick’s focus is shoulder/elbow. Larson is well-established as one of the nation’s leading hip surgeons, and he also specializes in knees.

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