Ordinarily, a player's political beliefs are private. He can support or vote for whomever he chooses. But, when you're a celebrity, people ask your opinion, and both sides of the aisle checked in Wednesday following the election.
Wide receiver Bobby Wade was ecstatic, saying that Obama brings a much-needed change to the political landscape aside from being the first African-American voted into the nation's top political office.
"He has represented change throughout this election," Wade said. "There are a lot of people who see him as bringing hope and the promise of a better future to the country. It's hard not to be energized by the change that is coming."
But not everyone is on the Obama bandwagon because, if his campaign promise of redistributing wealth by taxing those who make more than $250,000 a year – which includes most in the Vikings locker room – they will pay more than they would have had Arizona Senator John McCain won the presidency. So there wasn't a unanimous consensus as to whether the better man won.
"It was a sad day for me," defensive end Jared Allen said. "I'm a McCain supporter. I live in Arizona. There's nothing I can do about it now. My paychecks will be cut in half. It is what it is. McCain, I still love ya. We still love ya in Arizona. Obama, you better do what you promised because the whole country is watching."
It was hard to determine whether the analogy was intended to be tongue-in-cheek or if Berrian plays up the injury during rigorous practice periods. As long as he keeps producing the kind of numbers he does on Sunday, most fans won't care if he walks around like Fred Sanford instead of Lassie.