VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/4

Your daily fix for news, information, commentary and analysis on all things Minnesota Vikings.

>Big Pat unplugged
On a variety of topics, when veteran NT Pat Williams talks, people listen.  Williams has become a true leader on the team and a real advocate for head coach Brad Childress and the direction he has for the Vikings.

>Former Viking Fuller working as assistant coach
He spent five seasons with the Vikings after being a second-round pick in 1995, now Corey Fuller (photo) is working this summer as a volunteer assistant coach at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Fla.  Fuller spent 10 seasons in the NFL.  “I call him the General,” head coach Everett Blakely told the Tallahassee Democrat.  “He's here at 7 a.m. waiting for his troops…Everybody wants to know what did it take to make it [in the NFL].  Watching him, he is bringing a true passion as a Rickards graduate.  That's a big plus for me – his enthusiasm and desire to support these boys.  He's not just telling them he wants Rickards to win.  He's telling them he wants to see Rickards players make it academically.  He wants them to go to college.”

>Robison and Peterson support Derrick Johnson community event
Two Vikings players pitched in their support for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson as the “King of The Field/The Derrick Johnson Foundation” honored Joe Jamail with the 2007 King of the Field Community Excellence Award at the 2nd Annual Men of Distinction Gala held at the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas.  The honoree, Mr. Joseph Jamail Jr., is a well-noted alumni from the University of Texas, where he received his Bachelor's degree in 1950 and Juris Doctorate in Law in 1953.  Brian Robison and Johnson were teammates with the Longhorns, and Robison attended the event.  Meanwhile, rookie running back Adrian Peterson donated items for silent auctions to help raise money.

>Big Pat always good for a classy ride
When Vikings’ DT Pat Williams isn’t playing football, he likes to customize cars, and he has plenty of them.

>Wilf seeking downtown parking ramp
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is also pursuing the purchase of a downtown parking ramp in Minneapolis.  The team recently bought four blocks near the Metrodome, and this is part of Wilf’s overall plan for developing the area around a new stadium.

>Coaching intern Lusk would like another stint
The Vikings had former Utah tight end Henry Lusk (photo) in for part of their minority intern coaching program last year, and he would like to do so again.  Lusk gave up a modest-paying high school head coaching job, according to this report and would prefer another internship with either the Vikings or the Kansas City Chiefs.  Lusk played tight end with five NFL teams – New Orleans, Green Bay, Miami, Washington and Tampa Bay – from 1996-2000.  He currently works as a youth corrections counselor.

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