Coaches have spread out throughout the country for some rest and relaxation after completing their offseason practices three weeks ago, but will return soon to finalize their training camp preparations. In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate Independence Day.
Many players, too, have returned to their hometowns to reacquaint with family and friends, but they have also been told by head coach Mike Zimmer to make sure they remain in shape for the start of training camp on July 25.
To that end, Adrian Peterson has hosted a few teammates for his legendary workouts in Houston. Players like running back Jerick McKinnon and Mike Wallace joined Peterson.
ALL WORK NO PLAY! We had to grind it out today. Hill workout, sand pit and lift! 930am-130. ?? pic.twitter.com/iO2gUrQI23— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) June 25, 2015
McKinnon also posted on Instragram his work with a trainer known as “The Footwork King.”
McKinnon’s video shows him working out with Rischad Whitfield, the “Footwork King,” in Houston. Receiver Charles Johnson also trained with Whitfield after the season.
“He works with a lot of NFL guys,” Johnson said. “I was out there with DeVier Posey, Boom Herron, the running back for the Texans, Emannuel Sanders was out there, was out there. I believe Mike Wallace was out there, but I didn’t get to see him when I was out there but he told me he was out there. A lot of guys were telling me he’s good at what he does. He’s called the Footwork King for a reason.”
Whitfield has also worked with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running backs like LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Stewart.
It hasn’t been all work for Vikings players in their time off. Peterson has posted photos and videos of some of his other adventures, including attending a rodeo and whitewater rafting in Wyoming.
Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson surprised former Cretin-Derham Hall student Sam Wackman at his graduation party, thanks to Buffalo Wild Wilds, which did more than just cater the party. You can tell Wackman was taken aback by the surprise visit.
Members of the Vikings organization, including former linebacker E.J. Henderson and former long snapper Mike Morris, visited 5-year-old Gavin Quimby, also known as “Super Gav,” at the University of Minnesota Mason Children’s Hospital.
Quimby was diagnosed in December 2013 with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), according to the Winona Post, and received a stem cell transplant last August.
Linebacker Chad Greenway is also part of another uplifting event next week. He is helping out with a “Day to REACH” football camp in Hutchinson and one of the attendees, 12-year-old Aaron Slaubaugh, recently lost his father Steve to cystic fibrosis. Aaron, a Vikings fan living in Iowa, where Greenway played college football, wanted to meet the linebacker, and Greenway, who lost his father to cancer in December, was happy to accommodate.
The five weeks between minicamp and training camp are a time for players and coaches to get away and relax. All of the players continue to work out, but fun, surprises and reaching out have also been a part of the early activities.