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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:06:00 PM

Lions preparing for Favre

The Vikings' players and coaches all seem to expect Brett Favre to return to the team in 2010, but they were forced to prepare as if he wasn't returning during organized team activities and minicamp this spring.

At least one other team in the NFC North is preparing as if Favre is returning to the Vikings. Lions offensive tackle Jon Jansen fully expects Favre to be part of the Vikings during the regular season.

"I don't think there's any question. He had his surgery. He's going to play the game as long as he can," Jansen told NFL Network. "… When he's ready to play, he'll be back."

And that's exactly the way the Lions have been preparing during the offseason.

"We're also preparing for the teams we're going to see and the players we're going to see and we're preparing for Brett Favre," Jansen said.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:20:00 AM

Vikings Father's Day fun

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there making their kids' lives better.

The Vikings have the unique distinction of having two rookies whose dads also played in the NFL.

Running back Toby Gerhart's dad Todd was a running back with the Vikings and Houston Oilers. Tight end Mickey Shuler's dad, Mickey Sr., was a tight end with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles.

The NFL has had 179 father-son combinations where both played in the league, but many of them didn't play the same position as dear old dad.

Safety Taylor Mays was a name some Vikings fans wanted their team to land in this year's draft, but he wouldn't have been the first Viking of his family. His dad Stafford played defensive line for the Vikings in 1987-88.

Taylor was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers after spending his youth growing up watching his dad on NFL videos.

"I'd sit and watch the bloopers, the 50 greatest touchdowns, those NFL Films videos over and over," said Taylor, according to an NFL release.

"My dad would say, ‘I'll let you play next year.' Then next year would come and he'd be like, ‘next year,'" said Taylor, a three-time All-America selection at Southern California. "Or, he'd lie to me and say my mom didn't fill out the application fast enough."

Here are other Vikings father-son combinations from the past:

* Former linebacker and current radio analyst Pete Bercich was a linebacker with the Vikings from 1995-99 and spent time as an assistant coach under the Mike Tice regime. Pete's dad, Bob, was a safety with the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-61.

* TE Paul Coffman spent the 1988 season with the Vikings and has a son, Chase, is a Bengals TE.

* Paul Faust spent the 1967 season as a LB with the Vikings and his father George was a RB-LB with the 1939 Chicago Cardinals.

* RB Chuck Foreman (Vikings, 1973-79) has a son, Jay, who played for several NFL teams from 1999-2006 as a LB.

* Guard Wes Hamilton played for the Vikings from 1976-84 and his son, Ben, has been a center in the league since 2001, currently with the Seattle Seahawks.

* TE Don Hasselbeck spent the 1984 season with the Vikings. His sons Matt and Tim have played quarterback with various NFL teams and with various success. Matt is still with the Seattle Seahawks and has been in the league since 1998.

* Tackle Jay Humphrey spent the 1999-2001 seasons with the Vikings and his dad Tom was a center with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974.

* QB Archie Manning took a beating in 1983 and 1984 with the Vikings and his sons Peyton and Eli are still making a fine living in the NFL.

* LB Robin Sendlein was with the Vikings from 1981-84 and his son, Lyle, has been with the Cardinals as an offensive lineman since 2007.

* Tackle Steve Smith was with the Vikings from 1968-70 and his son, Brady, was a DE with the Saints and Falcons from 1996-2005.

* Steve Stonebreaker was a LB with the Vikings from 1962-63 and his son Mike was a LB with the Bears and Saints in 1991 and 1994.

* Tommy Wilson was a RB with the Vikings in 1963. His son, Steve, was a WR with the Cowboys and Broncos from 1979-88.


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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:35:00 AM

Weekend Update

A few Vikings related tidbits this Father's Day weekend:

Where are they now?  CB Carl Lee

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