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With the next month or so being perhaps the closest thing to an offseason in the NFL, it's not at all uncommon for several players to be involved in various off-the-field community-related projects.

Henderson interested in helping former teammate

Add Vikings middle linebacker E.J. Henderson to the long list of current (and former) Vikings players who are involved in various community-related projects during the offseason.

Henderson is scheduled to participate in the Napoleon Harris Foundation Celebrity Softball Game on Friday, June 27th.

Henderson and Harris were teammates in Minnesota in 2005-06, until Harris signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

The Napoleon Harris Foundation is a charity designed to help students from underprivileged families pursue higher education by attending college, and to provide programs to help the economical, social, and physical needs of children and families.

Harris was raised in a single-parent household after the death of his father.  Mrs. Brenda Harris raised her children on her own, and instilled in them a positive work ethic and strong desire for education.  Through the support and encouragement of his mother, Napoleon excelled in academics and attended Northwestern University, where he received his undergraduate degree in communications.

Adrian Peterson also recently launched the All Day Foundation, and he hosted his first fundraiser Monday at Bearpath Country Club in Eden Prairie.

Matt Birk's annual football camp is going on all this week at St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Brooks Bollinger, Steve Hutchinson, Bryant McKinnie, Garrett Mills, Chad Greenway and Madieu Williams are among the list of several current Viking players who have recently been involved in some sort of community-related event.

Audibles:

Per the Lambeau's Leapers blog, "[the Vikings' Adrian Peterson is] the most dangerous offensive player in the division, if not the entire NFL.  I'm not ready to crown him the best running back in the league, as that title belongs to Mr. Tomlinson out in San Diego, but it's hard to question the potential of the 23 year old out of Oklahoma.  Some of his runs that I saw last year were ridiculous."

There's a good-size billboard in downtown Minneapolis these days that features Peterson in an ad for a popular energy drink.

Peterson remains incredibly popular back in his hometown of Paletine, Texas, where they are scheduled to celebrate their second annual Adrian Peterson Day on June 21.

Rookie free agent LB J. Leman was recently named University of Illinois Athlete of the Year.

It appears that former Vikings DE Erasmus James is competing with two other players - Chris Wilson and Alex Buzbee - for two remaining backup spots on the Redskins' roster.

OL Jimmy Martin, who went to training camp with the Vikings last season, is expected to be one of the New England Patriots' reserve offensive linemen, according to a Boston Herald report.

Nick Tausch, who is the son of former Vikings OL Terry Tausch, recently accepted a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.  Not necessarily heavily recruited, the Irish were the first and probably the last college program to put an offer on the table for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound specialist from Jesuit High School in Dallas, Texas.

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