Jennings still stalks success, and wants to bring the Vikings with him

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 10:33 AM

After years as a foe, new Vikings wideout Greg Jennings has his sights set on proving to his teammates and the NFL that he can still torture secondaries.

#SuccessStalkers

The creator of the hashtag isn’t quite certain what sparked him to stir his Twitter movement. But Greg Jennings knows the crusade has proved invigorating and won’t be slowing anytime soon.

On many mornings, the new Vikings receiver energizes his own pursuit of excellence with a push for his Twitter followers — more than 308,000 and counting — to do the same.

Jennings will call roll in the #SuccessStalkers community, wondering who else is attacking their day with purpose and verve.

Inevitably, he’s flooded with replies. The tweets come from professionals pushing toward job promotions. Students celebrating A’s on big tests. Single moms taking summer classes while working two jobs.

Attitude-wise, they all fit right in with a 29-year-old NFL veteran who is suddenly on a quest to re-establish himself as one of the league’s elite. In a new city. In a new offense. With a new unproven quarterback.

Said Jennings: “Whatever walk of life you’re in, your goal should always be to stalk some kind of success. So you have to ask yourself daily, ‘What are you doing to truly be successful?’ Because everyone has it in them. Everyone has that key to their success. But the only person who can unlock it is you.”

Perhaps it sounds corny, maybe a bit hackneyed. So what?

Jennings wants to make clear he arrived in the Twin Cities devoted to elevating his game. Perhaps equally important, he is driven to bring others along with him.

On Thursday afternoon in Mankato, Jennings will check into Vikings training camp eager to recruit 89 new teammates to the movement.

He has been asked to quickly generate momentum with quarterback Christian Ponder while also serving as sage to an ultra-young receiving corps that includes first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson.

The introspective receiver senses a contagious hunger within this bunch. Which is one of the significant reasons he wound up with the Vikings in March, signing a five-year deal with a group he senses has a dangerous combination of talent, drive and unity.

“I see an organization that’s on the move,” Jennings said. “Obviously you don’t come some place if you think they’re not going in the direction you want to go. But I see the Vikings stalking their success as well.”

Forgotten man?

After a productive, seven-season stay with the Packers, Jennings hit free agency in March seeking “something different.” He wanted a new opportunity to prove himself. He wanted, in his words, to feel wanted.

But why here? Why now? If his predominant goal is to succeed at the highest level, why was he so eager to leave Green Bay, where he posted three 1,000-yard receiving seasons, went to two Pro Bowls and contributed four grabs, 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns to the franchise’s Super Bowl XLV triumph?

Jennings can summarize why his time in Green Bay ran out. The Packers, he believes, already had started moving in a new direction, continually fortifying their receiving corps and allowing promising young playmakers to wedge out the older guys.

So why prolong the inevitable?

  • related content

  • Vikings sign all three first-round picks

    Thursday July 25, 2013

    The team's top draft picks -- Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson -- signed on the day the team reports to Mankato.

  • Chart: Vikings training camp at a glance

    Wednesday July 24, 2013

    Where: Minnesota State University MankatoWhen: Begins Friday, ends Aug. 14.Schedule: Morning walkthroughs are from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and...

  • Vikings camp preview: The offense

    Thursday July 25, 2013

    FRESH FACEThe Vikings gambled $47.5 million over five years that Greg Jennings can do as much for them as he...

  • Vikings camp preview: The defense

    Thursday July 25, 2013

    FRESH FACELinebacker Desmond Bishop arrives in Mankato with so much to learn. New teammates, new coaches, new system. It’s not...

  • Receiver Greg Jennings pulled down a pass during Minnesota Vikings OTA...

  • Greg Jennings looks for a new beginning with the Vikings. “I see an organization that’s on the move,” the former Packer said.

  • Vikings receiver Greg Jennings took part in an offseason conditioning program at Winter Park.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Minnesota 16 FINAL
Buffalo 17
Atlanta 7 FINAL
Baltimore 29
Tennessee 17 FINAL
Washington 19
Seattle 26 FINAL
St. Louis 28
Cleveland 6 FINAL
Jacksonville 24
Cincinnati 0 FINAL
Indianapolis 27
Miami 27 FINAL
Chicago 14
New Orleans 23 FINAL
Detroit 24
Carolina 17 FINAL
Green Bay 38
Kansas City 23 FINAL
San Diego 20
Arizona 24 FINAL
Oakland 13
NY Giants 21 FINAL
Dallas 31
San Francisco 17 FINAL
Denver 42
Houston 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Boston 95 FINAL
Brooklyn 90
Minnesota 112 FINAL
Oklahoma City 94
Golden State 83 FINAL
Houston 90
Charlotte 96 FINAL
Chicago 101
Utah 91 FINAL
LA Lakers 98
Minnesota 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
San Jose 0 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Calgary 4 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
St. Louis 0 FINAL
Anaheim 3
TX-San Antonio 20 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 27
Syracuse 30 FINAL
Wake Forest 7
Purdue 38 FINAL
Minnesota 39
Western Ky 38 FINAL
Fla Atlantic 45
(12) Baylor 27 FINAL
(22) West Virginia 41
(11) Kansas State 31 FINAL
(17) Oklahoma 30
Iowa 31 FINAL
Maryland 38
So Florida 38 FINAL
Tulsa 30
Tulane 13 FINAL
UCF 20
Virginia 13 FINAL
Duke 20
Akron 20 FINAL
Ohio U 23
Western Mich 26 FINAL
Bowling Green 14
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
Massachusetts 36
Appalachian St 53 FINAL
Troy 14
(25) UCLA 36 FINAL
California 34
Texas A&M 0 FINAL
(4) Alabama 59
Army 17 FINAL
Kent State 39
Kansas 21 FINAL
Texas Tech 34
UAB 22 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 34
Rutgers 17 FINAL
(13) Ohio State 56
(8) Michigan State 56 FINAL
Indiana 17
New Mexico 31 FINAL
Air Force 35
NC State 18 FINAL
Louisville 30
(21) Clemson 17 FINAL
Boston College 13
Ball State 32 FINAL
Central Mich 29
Cincinnati 41 FINAL
SMU 3
(9) Georgia 45 FINAL
Arkansas 32
Oklahoma State 9 FINAL
(10) TCU 42
San Jose St 27 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Miami-Ohio 41 FINAL
Northern Ill 51
New Mexico St 17 FINAL
Idaho 29
Colorado 28 FINAL
(20) USC 56
(23) Marshall 45 FINAL
FIU 13
Southern Miss 30 FINAL
North Texas 20
Georgia Tech 43 FINAL
North Carolina 48
Tennessee 3 FINAL
(3) Ole Miss 34
Utah State 13 FINAL
Colorado State 16
Missouri 42 FINAL
Florida 13
Kentucky 3 FINAL
(24) LSU 41
(16) Nebraska 38 FINAL
Northwestern 17
Georgia State 27 FINAL
South Alabama 30
Washington 20 FINAL
(6) Oregon 45
Iowa State 45 FINAL
Texas 48
(7) Notre Dame 27 FINAL
(2) Florida State 31
Nevada 42 FINAL
BYU 35
Stanford 10 FINAL
(14) Arizona State 26
Hawaii 10 FINAL
San Diego St 20
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Columbus 3 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Seattle 2 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close