Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In Zimmer We Trust

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Adrian Peterson graced the Vikings’ practice field on Tuesday, and everything was suddenly right in the world. After months of heated speculation, the disgruntled running back finally returned to Minnesota and appeared comfortable taking handoffs from Teddy Bridgewater — as if no time had passed since his suspension last season.

Below, a look at Adrian’s first day back with the Vikings, courtesy of the team’s outstanding photographer, Andy Kenutis:

But a different Adrian Peterson stood in front of the media on Tuesday afternoon, where he discussed his time away from the team, the terrible incident with his son, and his relationship with head coach Mike Zimmer. This Peterson appeared humbled, sincere, and authentic; a man comfortable addressing his past mistakes and looking optimistically to a long future with the Minnesota Vikings.

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UPDATE: The Vikings have announced that Mike Zimmer and Adrian Peterson will be available at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for a press conference at Winter Park. You can view the live stream at Vikings.com

 

The Adrian Peterson saga is settling down… at least for now.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Peterson re-joined the Vikings at OTA’s Tuesday morning.

Goessling reported that the running back’s return has been in the works since last week, and that Peterson “greatly respects” Coach Zimmer, which is probably instrumental in his appearance this week.

The move came just five days after AP’s rather absurd rant on Twitter, and it’s nice to see that he’s [seemingly] turning his focus back onto the field. Peterson said the following in an email to ESPN:

I’ve been watching this game from the sidelines for far too long,” Peterson said. “My teammates and coaches are important to me. Those relationships matter, and I owe it to those guys. I knew I wanted to come in this week. I had a family obligation last week but I’m ready to put on a Vikings uniform again and get back to work.

Although the initial push looked to be a trade, it became clear that wouldn’t be an option for Peterson. Now, some of the recent issues are supposedly related to Peterson’s contract with Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Vikings have had 34 quarterbacks start games for this illustrious franchise. Andy ranks them #1 all the way through #34. There are a few Hot Takes in the rankings, most notably who’s at #32, #7, and #2 overall. (That’s a tease)

The Ranking Criteria Include (But are not limited to):
• Statistics
• Short Greatness vs Extended Averageness
• Lofty Expectations vs None
• The Grandma Scale™
• Andy’s Personal Opinion

So enjoy the rankings! If you agree or disagree, please let us know in the comment section or hit me up on Twitter @AndyCarlsonShow or @PurpleForTheWin!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Hating Brett Favre wasn’t a choice; it was an innate fire, burning brighter with each loss to the man in the green and gold No. 4 jersey. Deadspin’s Drew Magary put it best in 2008 when he wrote:

“I have spent the past 15 years nursing my blind hatred for Brett Favre.” 

Blind, unwarranted, inexplainable. Why did we spend so many years rooting against Brett Favre? Was it because we watched the organization struggle with quarterbacks like Daunte Culpepper, Brad Johnson, and Tarvaris Jackson under center? Was it because Favre succeeded where the Vikings had so tragically failed — the Super Bowl? Or, was it because Favre took the Vikings to new heights in 2009, only to bring them crashing down with one ill-advised throw across his body?

The collective hate is a metaphor for the longstanding Vikings-Packers rivalry, which started in 1961 and has only become more heated in recent years. All-time, the Packers lead the series 58-49-2, with Brett Favre accounting for 17 of those wins. Some not-so-fond Favre memories include the Antonio Freeman miracle catch in 2000, the last-second touchdown heave in 1999, and his record-breaking touchdown throw to Greg Jennings in 2007.

Simply put, Brett Favre spent the majority of his career bringing pain and suffering upon the Vikings. His path of destruction, though, was a path to one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Favre has thrown and completed the most passes (10,169 and 6,300), thrown for the most yards (71,838) and trails only Peyton Manning in total touchdown passes (508). With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise that Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings’ quarterback of the future, aspires to follow in Brett Favre’s footsteps.

Say what?

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As someone that now qualifies as a father (actually, very recently, a father of three), I’m hard pressed to think of a better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to be surrounded by Vikings players and cheerleaders, enjoying some great Minnesota weather and food, and doing something genuinely awesome that helps support a great cause.

If that sounds like something you also would be interested in, and you happen to be in the Minnesota area, then I highly recommend planning to attend the 9th Annual Gridiron Gallop presented by Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway and his wife, Jenni.

There is a 5K run/walk and also a kid’s run around Lake Nokomis in addition to a day filled with fun activities for all ages, with proceeds benefiting the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.

Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation is one of the most highly regarded in the world of professional sports and we have all grown accustomed to our veteran linebacker making headlines for all the right reasons as a result.

His off-field impact resulted in him being named the 2015 winner of the NFLPA’s Byron Whizzer White Award which is a recognition of all the various ways the Greenway family have given back to help those in need.

There are prizes and t-shirts available to registered participants in addition to autograph opportunities. The event is scheduled for June 21st with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m.

If you are interested in registering online, or would like more information, please CLICK HERE. Also, be sure to follow Chad on Twitter for more updates.

This is sure to be a great event, once again, and a reminder that Chad Greenway has always been a Vikings player that can make fans proud off the field.

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