Kluwe famously agreed to give up his number 5 jersey to McNabb and made up a contract to spell out the terms of the late July agreement: "I, Chris Kluwe, hereby relinquish #5 to Donovan McNabb in exchange for the following:
Kluwe received a few mentions of Tripping Icarus in the weeks following the Vikings' trade for McNabb, but Kluwe said he is still waiting for McNabb to make the donation to the Kick for a Cure Foundation that the punter supports.
Chris Kluwe's contract with Donovan McNabb
(Courtesy Minnesota Vikings)
Kick for a Cure supports patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in the San Diego area, making houses more accessible for those afflicted by installing wheelchair ramps, making vehicles wheelchair-accessible and providing other services.
Kluwe, who is from Los Alamitos, Calif., said he got involved with that charity through a high school friend who suggested it to him.
"I'm pretty involved with it. They have an annual soccer tournament and I've been out to that. I think they were talking about doing a PSA (public service announcement) deal," Kluwe said. "Clay Matthews did one similar for standard Muscular Dystrophy so they wanted to do something similar with me."
At the end of each season, Kluwe donates $500 for every punt he lands inside the 20-yard line. So far this year, he has 19 of them.
Surrendering his number 5 jersey to McNabb is causing another issue for Kluwe, who has worn number 4 this year. After McNabb was released on Dec. 1, Kluwe wanted to reclaim number 5, but an NFL policy is preventing him from doing that.
"I think the NFL's policy is you have to wait another year after the year you change your number. So I'd have to go all of 2012, but I think you can make an appeal and I'm planning to because the ruling is so that guys don't change their numbers every year and the league gets stuck with jerseys they can't sell," Kluwe said. "Since I don't have any jerseys in the store, I'm going to be like, ‘Look, why can't I just change my number?'"
Kluwe is hoping that rule won't have to apply to him scine he doesn't believe any stores carry his jersey. Everyone he knows that has his jersey had to order it as a customized item online.
"Plus, this way, now you get to unload all the Donovan jerseys and people can tape over those," Kluwe said with a chuckle. "It will be a win-win."
Kluwe plans to make his appeal to the NFL after the season.
McNabb made $5.05 million this year after renegotiating his contract to join the Vikings.
TOUGH YEAR FOR FRAZIER
Despite the Vikings' 2-12 record and an offense that is ranked 18th overall (fourth rushing and 28th passing), Vikings coach Leslie Frazier remains encouraged about where things stand with his offense. But overall, the losing record has taken a heavy toll on Frazier.
"Oh, gosh. Oh, man. It's tough, man. I'm not going to lie to you. To be 2-12 is not what you envisioned, but at the same time because of the way our guys have really prepared every week and tried to come out and give the best effort that they could, that's what has encouraged me," Frazier said.
Without the benefit of offseason minicamps, and having pulled the plug on Donovan McNabb after six starts, the Vikings have had their share of obstacles to overcome, but Frazier sees some star players that haven't given up.
"You see the way these guys are competing and you know they have a lot of pride and they want to be able to play games in December that are setting them up for a playoff run," Frazier said. "We're not in that situation, but yet they come out and practice hard and play hard on Sundays. That encourages me that if we can address the right things, we won't be in this situation in the future. That's what keeps my head above water, that we've got some key components. We've just got to fix some other things and we'll have a chance."
Peterson rushed 10 times for 60 yards in his return to action after sitting out three games, but he said his disappointment with his workload was overplayed. He understood that rushing the ball takes a backseat when a team gets behind by 21 points.
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