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Continued: Souhan: From out of a shoe box, Vikings' Munnerlyn has made it

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 26, 2014 - 11:19 PM

He will be asked to improve one of the NFL’s worst pass defenses.

“He brings a different mentality in our defensive backfield,” defensive end Brian Robison said. “He doesn’t just want to make a play on the ball and knock it down. He wants to catch it and score.”

Munnerlyn has seven career interceptions. He has returned five of them for touchdowns, and that’s not the only way he brings it all the way back. In April 2013, Munnerlyn returned to Mobile to speak at the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama Youth of the Year luncheon. He told the kids, “The only reason I’m telling you the bad stories is to let you know you can make it.”

Even after Munnerlyn made it to the NFL, he raged at the perception that he was too small, raged at every perceived slight.

“I had a defensive backs coach in Carolina two years ago, Steve Wilks, who told me, ‘Captain, it’s time to stop playing with so much anger, stop trying to show people they were wrong,” Munnerlyn said. “Just show them that you were right about yourself.”

From shoe box to penthouse, Munnerlyn was right all along.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. @SouhanStrib jsouhan@startribune.com

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