VikingBuzz BLOG: 6/14

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>Two Vikings make list of top 50 players in NFL
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams checks in at No. 18 and offensive guard Steve Hutchinson is ranked No. 35.  (CBS SportsLine.com)

>Wilf hopes board can boost team's image
Owner Zygi Wilf wants to get the good word out about the Vikings and hopes the advice of "people and businesses with long-time connections to the Minnesota community" can help.  (StarTribune)

>Board of advisors revealed
The 25-person advisory board put together by owner Zygi Wilf to provide advice and assistance on business and community issues has some familiar names on it.  (StarTribune

>Vikings DE Smith at Speed to Succeed camp
Vikings defensive end Khreem Smith is among some NFL players and others participating in the Speed to Succeed football camp in Delray Beach, Florida today and tomorrow.  The camp offers equal parts football and academics, as student athletes are required to attend an SAT/FCAT preparatory course provided by the South Florida Scholarship and SAT Preparation Foundation (SFSSP) before they hit the field for the Speed and Agility Camp provided by XPE Sports, Inc.  Smith, who was born in Jamaica, moved to Miami when he was nine and grew up in Florida.  Other NFL players include Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward, Cleveland’s Jamal Lewis and Packers’ draft choice David Clowney.  (BocaNews.com)

>Relationship with Tice key to Culpepper's future?
The Jacksonville Jaguars have emerged as the early favorite to acquire former Viking quarterback Daunte Culpepper.  The warm relationship with Mike Tice could be the key.  (AHN

>Doss also working a football camp
One of the team's newest Vikings, safety Mike Doss, is also giving back to the community as he's on the roster for a football camp in Southern California this weekend (whittierdailynews

>EJ’s younger brother named to Bronko Nagurski watch list
Maryland
linebacker Erin Henderson, who is the younger brother of Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list for the best defensive player in college football.  (diamondbackonline)

>Gannon and Childress good friends
Former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon and head coach Brad Childress have become good friends since meeting at the Pro Bowl a few years back.  Childress was at Gannon's football camp earlier this week.  Gannon keeps himself very busy since retiring from football.  (newarkpost)(sctimes)(udel.edu)

>Ex-Vike Wiley gives back to the community
Former Vikings defensive end Chuck Wiley, who played for Minnesota in 2002-04, is retired from football now but still active in the community.  In 2001, Wiley established his 99ways2win Foundation, which established the first mentoring program for youth in foster care in Georgia and those that age out of foster care.  On Saturday, he will hold a football camp in Atlanta.  He will also host a football camp in his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on June 23.  (nola.com)(career stats)


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