“I don’t remember that night,” he said. “I got the rookie of the year for the Minnesota Vikings, that’s a blessing and I thank God for that. It was a great feeling.
“It was great. I mean they believed in me a lot. I just have to try to make the most of it every chance I get.”
• Ex-Twin David Ortiz went 8-for-14 against the Twins over three games this week for a .571 average, with four home runs and six RBI. Ortiz has hit in eight consecutive games, hitting .515 (17-for-33) with five home runs and eight RBI. The Red Sox press guide includes 12 pages on Ortiz, who signed with the club as a free agent in 2003 and is now drawing a salary of $15.5 million.
• The Twins won two out of three from the Tigers and the Red Sox, with Boston losing its first three-game series of the season. … Going into Thursday’s game, the Twins have averaged 24,478 per game at home to rank seventh in the league.
• Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, a big reason why Chicago eliminated the Wild from the second round of the playoffs in six games, has a 1.97 goals-against average in the playoffs and is tied with the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist with a .931 save percentage. … The Chicago Tribune reports that Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, who got the winning goal in overtime in Game 6, told Wild coach Mike Yeo in the traditional postgame handshake: “You guys have a hell of a team.”
• Aaron Hill, originally a walk-on for the Gophers, had more good qualities than just his football ability for the St. Louis Rams to sign the linebacker as an unrestricted free agent this week. Hill, an outstanding student, made the Big Ten All-Academic team from 2010 to 2013 and also was awarded the Butch Nash trophy because of his great character. … The Bears were impressed enough with the ability of former Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen that they gave up two fifth-round picks in 2014 and 2015 to get into the fourth round and draft him. Vereen was the 131st player taken in the draft.
• There were four Minnesota high school players selected in the NFL draft this year: Gophers defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman, who played at Minneapolis Washburn and went 37th overall to the Falcons; Billy Turner out of Mounds View, who was selected 67th by the Dolphins; Beau Allen out of Minnetonka, who was selected 224th by the Eagles; and Seantreal Henderson out of Cretin-Derham Hall, who went 237th to the Bills.
• The Gophers football staff is still recruiting. On campus for an unofficial visit this week was Chaska native Bronson Dovich, a highly recruited offensive tackle.
• Las Vegas sports books have Vikings first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater as the fourth-most likely draft pick to be named offensive rookie of the year.
Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. • email@example.com