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Two Vikings in top ten list

In a recent opinion piece by Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, the Vikings placed two offseason acquisitions in a list of ten players who switched teams during the offseason.

All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen, of course, was ranked No. 1 on the list, while safety Madieu Williams checked in at No. 7.

"Allen has what it takes to be an absolute terror off the right edge for a Minnesota team with suddenly very legitimate title aspirations in the NFC North," Arkush says.

About Williams, Arkush writes:  "Before Madieu bid adieu in Cincinnati, he had established himself as a solid run defender and a very capable center fielder.  Just like his new teammate Allen, who figures to benefit greatly from Minnesota's other "Williams Boys," he should coexist quite comfortably with veteran SS Darren Sharper in a greatly improved Vikings secondary."


With less than two weeks before a deadline to get volunteers for the 2008 Republican National Convention, organizers have gotten Vikings center Matt Birk to record a public-service announcement to inspire volunteers to help Minnesota shine as the host for the big event.  There's a link to the actual PSA here.

Some think the 49ers were better off with Maurice Hicks in the backup rotation than with what they have now.  "Hicks was a quick, darting runner and the best receiver out of the backfield," according to Kevin Lynch at Niner Insider.

The Vikings are hoping that second-year wide receiver Sidney Rice turns out better than Troy Williamson, the former Gamecock who was a bust with Minnesota.

The Wilf family will be key players in a $15-million capital and endowment campaign to build a new facility at Rutgers Hillel.  Land has been purchased and on May 28, Hillel honored Audrey and Zygi Wilf and Jane and Mark Wilf for their $2 million lead donation.  The Wilf family will be naming the new Hillel building.  They are also serving as chairs of the building campaign.  Rutgers New Brunswick has the fourth largest Jewish population of any college campus in the United States.  Hillel holds over 1,000 religious, educational, social, and Israel-related programs every year.  Over 5,000 Jews attend Rutgers at its main campus, many of them from Southern New Jersey.  The Rutgers Jewish population is exceeded only by NYU, the University of Maryland, and the University of Florida.  Rutgers Hillel is supported by the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign.

Quarterback Kelly Holcomb, who spent last season with the Vikings, has been inducted into the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Hall of Fame along with four others you probably have never heard of.

Training camp practices with the Kansas City Chiefs this summer are set for July 31 in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Ex-Viking QB Shaun Hill is in the thick of the competition for the starting job with the San Francisco 49ers.

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