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Continued: A long-ago London connection for Vikings' Bethel-Thompson

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 27, 2013 - 6:09 AM

Now, 65 years later, his grandson will visit the place where he made those lasting memories. If starter Christian Ponder (ribs) is unable to play, Bethel-Thompson would back up Matt Cassel, increasing the chances for his first regular-season NFL appearance.

“I think that’s wonderful,” Thompson said. “That really means something to me. I’m so proud of him. He’s a real athlete and a nice guy.”

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