Rainy day in Mankato
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- August 10, 2010 - 8:25 AM
MANKATO -- It is raining here so Tuesday's morning practice could be pushed inside. No official word from the team but we'll keep you posted.
The Vikings were expected to be in full pads and with some scrimmaging this morning for the final time before Saturday's preseason opener at St. Louis so the weather could alter their plans.
While we wait, I thought I would share some of my chat with backup offensive lineman Thomas Austin, an undrafted rookie from Clemson who faces long odds to make the team.
Austin said he wants to let his football career play out but he has big plans for when he hangs up his pads.
He hopes to do ministry work after football. He plans to take seminary classes and pursue a life in ministry with his wife Margaret.
"I don’t know if I’m called to be a preacher full time," he said. "[But] I love the opportunity to speak. Football gives you such a great platform with kids."
Austin, who raised southern baptist in South Carolina, said he had a life-changing experience when he spent a week working at an orphanage in Mexico as a sophomore in college.
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