‘Nasty’ Alex Boone ‘born to be in this division’

The Vikings’ newest offensive lineman, Alex Boone, recounted his run-in with Clay Matthews and said he was born to play in the “nasty” NFC North.

Alex Boone is bringing his “nasty” attitude to the Minnesota Vikings, who will face the Green Bay Packers twice a year in NFC North play.

Why is that significant?

In 2013, Boone, then a guard for the San Francisco 49ers, took exception to a hit that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews put on quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Matthews was fined $15,000 by the NFL and Boone was asked what kind of a fine he would have given Matthews.

“Probably just punch him in the face,” he said at the time. “I don’t want his money.”

So Boone, who on Thursday signed a four-year, $26.8 million free-agent contract to play for the Vikings, was asked if he was excited to play against Matthews twice a year in the NFC North.

“How did I did I know that question was going to come up?” the highly entertaining Boone said on a conference call with Vikings beat writers. “Clay is a good guy and I talked to him after the game last time.

“What happens between the lines is strictly violent and I’m a full, firm believer in that. When we’re out there between the lines, it’s full go – to the whistle, maybe to the echo at the end of the whistle, however it happens.”

Boone said it’s a fair assessment that he can be a nasty player, as long as he isn’t called dirty.

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Growing up, he developed an affinity for the NFC North and maintains that to this day.

“I’m excited to be in this division because I believe this is one of the top divisions,” he said. “Growing up, the NFC North was always the toughest, meanest, nastiest guys and I felt like I was born to be in this division and now I’m excited to be in it. To play the Bears, Lions and Packers is going to be a lot of fun, whether it’s here or there.”

Boone said he developed his nasty, on-field disposition from his grandmother.

“My grandma, this a pistol now,” he said. “Full-blown Irish. Crazy. I love her.”

Asked what team his grandma played for, he said: “You don’t want to know. Back in the day, she was a renegade.”

Apparently that attitude has carried throughout his relation.

“I come from a very blue-collar family – cops, teachers, nurses, all my cousins, firefighters and stuff like that. Hard has been in me since I was a little kid,” he said. “This is nothing new. This is just at a more epic scale and the results are so much more fun. This is really, really fun to me.”


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