A Viking Tries on New Sport for a Day

Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (71) celebrate after the touchdown in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw tried a different sport on for size last weekend, serving as an honorary official at NASCAR’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 event.

The track is in Martinsville, Virginia, Darrisaw’s home state. The event was about three hours away from Darrisaw’s place of birth, Petersburg.

Darrisaw played collegiately for the University of Virginia, drafted by the Vikings in 2021 after former general manager Rick Spielman traded back nine draft spots in Round 1. The Vikings stockpiled Darrisaw, Kellen Mond, and Wyatt Davis for the roster. Meanwhile, the New York Jets seized Minnesota’s 14th pick, selecting offensive guard Alijah Vera-Tucker.

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Christian Darrisaw

During his rookie season, Darrisaw was dependable and proficient. He tallied a 71.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, the fourth-best among all rookie tackles last season.

The NASCAR event wasn’t received with glowing reviews on the whole, but a driver named William Byron was victorious. Here’s some footage of Darrisaw at the event:

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Vikings returned to Eagan for voluntary offseason workouts, the first in-person event of 2022 for new head coach Kevin O’Connell’s team.

The next notable NASCAR race occurs this Sunday, April 17th, in Bristol, Tennessee, with the Food City Dirt Race.

On the football side, the Vikings partake in the NFL Draft on April 28th.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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