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Danielle Hunter Healthy & Fired Up for 2021 Season

Danielle Hunter Healthy & Fired Up for 2021 Season


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Author: Eric Smith

Kevin Williams, Co-Member Of The ‘Williams Wall’, To Be Inducted Into Vikings’ Ring Of Honor

Kevin Williams, Co-Member Of The ‘Williams Wall’, To Be Inducted Into Vikings’ Ring Of Honor

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former defensive tackle Kevin Williams will be joining other Vikings greats in the Ring of Honor.

On Wednesday, the team announced Williams, who played 11 seasons with the club, will be inducted this year.

“We are so proud to have Kevin Williams take his place in the Vikings Ring of Honor this fall,” said Vikings owner and chairman Zygi Wilf. “He was one of the greatest defensive players in team history, and he very much deserves this honor.”

(credit: Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Williams was chosen by the Vikings as the ninth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft and immediately made an impact on the team, earning All-Rookie honors and setting the team rookie record with three sacks in a game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Mike Tice presents Kevin Williams with his new jersey in 2003. (credit: DUANE BRALEY/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Williams, along with Pat Williams, were collectively known as the “Williams Wall” due to their dominating performance in the interior of the defensive line, and stopping the run. The unit was No. 1 in the NFL run defense for three consecutive seasons (2006 to 2008). It was the first time a defense achieved the feat since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Defensive linemen Pat Williams #94 and Kevin Williams #93 walk off the field after the game with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 20, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings won 27-13. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kevin Williams’ 60 sacks as a Vikings ranks only behind John Randle and Alan Page among defensive tackles. He’s also tied for the franchise record with four defensive touchdowns. He was also named to six Pro Bowls. He started every game he played for the Viking — 177 games including playoffs matchups.

Williams was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, where he started in Super Bowl XLIX. He closed out his career in 2015 with the New Orleans Saints.

“Kevin’s impact on the Vikings during his 11 seasons went well beyond his play on the field,” said Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf. “His lead-by-example approach, toughness and production made him a highly respected teammate and set the tone for some of the best defenses in team history.”

Kevin William’s addition to the Ring of Honor means there are now 26 members. Members include: Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad, Randy Moss, Dennis Green and Steve Jordan.

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Author: Minnesota Vikings News and Updates from WCCO, CBS Channel 4 – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Says Unvaccinated Players Will Have ‘A Hard Time’

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Says Unvaccinated Players Will Have ‘A Hard Time’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A day after three Minnesota Vikings players said they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, head coach Mike Zimmer said the team had a meeting with the NFL’s chief medical officer to discuss the shot.

“[Dr. Allen Sills] talked to them about what protocols will be like next fall, which we should be hearing in the next couple of days,” Zimmer said. “He talked to them about why they should, even if they have had COVID, still get vaccinated because your antibodies are way off the charts. You’re going to be safer if it comes back again.”

Tuesday, while speaking to the media, safety Harrison Smith, wide receiver Adam Thielen and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson each announced they have not been vaccinated, despite the widespread availability of the shot.

All three players mentioned they were trying to gather information on the vaccine before making a decision.

“I’m trying to find out as much information as I can about it, but you know, now, I’m not,” Richardson said. “Gotta wear masks and stuff like that.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins was asked Wednesday if he was vaccinated.

“I choose to keep my medical history private, as with anything else that goes on,” he said.

The NFL has said it will not mandate the vaccine for players, but is encouraging them to get it by loosening restrictions and protocols for fully-vaccinated players.

The Vikings have hosted multiple vaccination clinics at the team’s practice facility and U.S. Bank Stadium. In May, the team posted a photo gallery to its website featuring some players, including Thielen’s fellow wide receiver Justin Jefferson, getting the vaccine.

Zimmer has been vaccinated.

“The unvaccinated players are going to have a hard time during the season. They are going to be wearing masks, they’re going to have to social distance, they’ll have daily testing,” Zimmer said. “They won’t go home for bye week and have to come back here and test every day. When we go on the road, they won’t be able to go out to dinner with anybody. They’ll have to travel on busses differently and travel on planes differently, so a lot of meetings will be virtual like we have here. It’s not only the safety part of being vaccinated, but as far as being a part of a football team.”

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Author: Minnesota Vikings News and Updates from WCCO, CBS Channel 4 – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Danielle Hunter “just eager to play” after neck injury, contract restructure

Danielle Hunter “just eager to play” after neck injury, contract restructure

Defensive end Danielle Hunter spoke to the media for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday and he didn’t have much to say about either of the big issues that have surrounded him during over that span. Hunter missed the entire 2020 season with a neck injury and didn’t go to organized [more]

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Author: Josh Alper

Mike Zimmer: Unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time this season

Mike Zimmer: Unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time this season

NFL teams can’t force players to get vaccinated, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is making clear to his players that they’ll have an easier time this season if they get the COVID-19 vaccine. Zimmer listed the reasons players should get the vaccine after the Vikings met today with Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical [more]

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Author: Michael David Smith

3 Observations: Kendricks Displays All-Pro Form; Mond Hits 2 TEs for TDs

3 Observations: Kendricks Displays All-Pro Form; Mond Hits 2 TEs for TDs


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Author: Eric Smith

Lunchbreak: ESPN’s Barnwell Says Dalvin Cook Likely in Line to Chase Season Records

Lunchbreak: ESPN’s Barnwell Says Dalvin Cook Likely in Line to Chase Season Records


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Author: Eric Smith

Vikings will add Kevin Williams to the team’s Ring of Honor

Vikings will add Kevin Williams to the team’s Ring of Honor

When it was time for the Vikings to draft him 18 years ago, it was definitely better late than never. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the player the Vikings selected after the clock ran out and two other teams made picks in front of them (the Ravens took quarterback Byron Leftwich and the Panthers picked tackle [more]

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Author: Mike Florio

Mike Zimmer: Vikings defense will probably look “completely different” this year

Mike Zimmer: Vikings defense will probably look “completely different” this year

After being shredded on Christmas Day by the Saints and Alvin Kamara (who became the first player to score six touchdowns in a game since Gale Sayers in 1965), coach Mike Zimmer declared that the 2021 Vikings was the “worse one I’ve ever had.” This year, it figures to be better. It can’t be any [more]

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Author: Mike Florio

Kevin Williams to be Inducted into Vikings Ring of Honor

Kevin Williams to be Inducted into Vikings Ring of Honor


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Author: Eric Smith