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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 6:55:00 PM
Erasmus James going for anger management
Former Minnesota Vikings DE Erasmus James, a first-round pick by the team in 2005, has pleaded guilty to battery in a Wisconsin court, according to a WCCO.com report.
James was arrested in November after a bar fight in Madison. Police say James lost his temper when a bartender refused to serve him after closing time and punched a friend in the face.
Prosecutors dropped a disorderly conduct charge on Tuesday in exchange for the guilty plea on the battery charge.
Dane County Circuit Judge William E. Hanrahan allowed James to enter the county's first offender program, which provides treatment and counseling. If he successfully completes the program, the conviction will be dismissed.
James was the second of two first-round picks by the Vikings in 2005, taken No. 18 overall. A serious knee injury scuttled his pro career and he was cut by the Washington Redskins in December 2008.
Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 3:56:00 PM
Teerlinck will present Randle to Hall of Fame
After 14 seasons and 137.5 sacks in the NFL, John Randle is larger than life. When he arrived in Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 1990, he was a relative unknown.
Now one of the men that helped build Randle into a seven-time Pro Bowl player, defensive line coach John Teerlinck, will be presenting Randle to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 7.
Randle chose Teerlinck, the influential Vikings defensive line coach from 1992-94, as his presenter.
"I've been an assistant coach for 22 years," Teerlinck, now with the Indianapolis Colts, told the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I've coached in 31 playoff games, six championships, and four Super Bowls. This tops them all. This is the biggest honor for an assistant coach."
During his three years coaching the Vikings, three of the four starting defensive linemen under Teerlinck were named All-Pro. In Teerlinck's final year in Minnesota, the Vikings led the NFL with 68.1 rushing yards allowed per game, the fourth-lowest total in NFL history, and the Vikings led the NFL in total defense in 1993.
Besides comments in a video tribute to Randle on Aug. 7, Teerlinck will also present Randle with his gold Hall of Fame jacket at the Enshrinees Dinner the night before.
Randle will join Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, Jerry Rice, and Emmitt Smith as inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony will be televised by ESPN and NFL Network at 6 p.m. Central Aug. 7. Tickets for the ceremony in Canton, Ohio, are $30 each and can be purchased by calling (800) 913-9788.
Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 3:30:00 PM
Webb on the web
When Vikings scouts saw Joe Webb, a quarterback at Alabama-Birmingham working out at the Senior Bowl as a wide receiver, they saw potential. He certainly had the measurables, listed as 6-foot-4, 220 pounds on the team's initial roster.
But a month after the Senior Bowl, a video of Webb caught the attention of fans as well. Webb was showing off his vertical jump at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta and video of him clearing seven blocking bags showed his athleticism. After taking Webb in the sixth round in April, Vikings coach Brad Childress was asked if he had seen the video of Webb on the web. He had, but Childress was talking about it with a scrutinizing tone.
"I did see it. You don't think that was tricks with video? They can do about anything," Childress said. "I didn't send it to the CIA to see when it was done or when the bags were set up or if the video was doctored."
Judge for yourself, as well as deciding if bag-jumping translates into touchdown-catching.