Monday, April 24, 2017

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Chad Greenway Leads the Way for Cancer Research
Image courtesy of Lead the Way

Chad Greenway’s name is forever etched in Minnesota Vikings lore. As the team’s fourth all-time leading tackler and three-time defensive MVP, he hangs up his helmet and shoulder pads as one of Minnesota’s most beloved professional athletes.

Greenway leaves behind an unmatched legacy, both on and off the field. His 11-year career—spent entirely in purple and gold—began on a small farm in South Dakota, where he continues to find inspiration in life after football.

“Not only your small town, not only your community but also your family. That’s something I always think about every day in the decisions I make. I truly want to make them proud”

Through his charitable foundation, Lead the Way, Greenway is bridging the gap between his time with the Vikings and his passion for enriching the lives of those in need. Whether you cheered for Greenway on Sundays or donated through More Than Words, his work in the area of cancer research is something we can all be proud of.

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These Opportunities Come Once in a Lifetime

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Well, not at this exact moment — but very soon.

Teams around the National Football League are scheduling their final handful of meetings and workouts with prospects, as the draft is just a mere three weeks away. The opportunity every team and NFL fans have been waiting for — the chance to fill in glaring roster holes with eager young talent.

The Minnesota Vikings are no different in that they are likely not only as excited about the upcoming draft as fans are, but they also possess multiple roster holes that, if adequately filled in, could take this team to new heights. It is no secret that Minnesota will enter the draft with a rather notable offensive line issue — despite the team’s signings of offensive tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers.

Starting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd’s career-threatening nerve issue has also caused a buzz within Vikings circles, as 3-technique quickly becomes a question mark if, in fact, Floyd’s career is over. Both Minnesota’s interior offensive line and defensive tackle groups will likely receive an upgrade at some point, but another glaring concern on defense remains — linebacker.

Minnesota Vikings Fanspeak Mock Draft
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

I took to Twitter on Tuesday night to pose a vital question to my followers.

I thought, “Hey, only nine percent said no, so why not give it a shot?”

Fanspeak’s On The Clock feature allows fans to simulate the 2017 NFL Draft by acting as general manager of any team. It brings together several different variables that NFL front offices consider when selecting — and it allows the user to choose which reputable big board to use for the simulation.

For this simulation, I used the Dan Brugler big board from CBS Sports. And, I stuck with Fanspeak’s free On The Clock feature instead of paying for the Premium feature, which allows users to make trades in the draft.

You can view the full results of my simulation HERE.

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The Road to 50 — About the Labor: Episode 48

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome back Austin Belisle to the show to discuss the announcement that life-long Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway will retire from the National Football League. The trio of Vikings Territorians send No. 52 to “the football afterlife” through their personal memories, what made him effective on the gridiron, how he affected the team beyond his football talent, a back-and-forth on what his “Vikings Headstone” will read, speculation regarding how much his departure affects the team moving forward and who the likely candidates are to take on his essentially unfillable leadership role.

The guys also offer their takeaways from the NFL combine, but that’s irrelevant here.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Welcome Back: Austin Belisle Returns to the ATL Podcast (2 Minutes)
  • Chad Greenway: A Universally Beloved, Career-Long Minnesota Viking (38 Minutes)
  • NFL Combine: Takeaways, Reactions and Determining Relevance (8 Minutes)
  • Until Then, Take Care: Drew sends us on our way … with a littttttle help… (4 Minutes)
  • (Yes, we seriously did not discuss the Adrian Peterson-New England Patriots “ordeal”)

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