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Leber prepares for broadcast 'boot camp'

Posted by: under Rookies, Vikings, Brad Childress, Vikings players, Ben Leber, Brad Childress Updated: June 7, 2010 - 2:10 PM

Vikings veteran linebacker Ben Leber has always been a go-to player in the locker room for media members.

Leber is thoughtful and insightful in interviews. He was voted the team's Korey Stringer Good Guy award winner in 2007, which is presented to the player who is the most cooperative and has the best attitude with the media.

Leber might be headed for a broadcast career after his playing days. The NFL announced today that Leber is one of 25 current and former players who will participate in the league's annual "Broadcast Boot Camp" at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

The program runs from June 21-24 and is directed by the NFL Broadcasting Department. The players will get instruction in a variety of areas from experts and former players who have made the transition to the broadcast booth.

Here is the league's announcement.

Next up minicamp: The Vikings were due to conduct their final two practices as part of Organized Team Activities on Monday and Tuesday, but to the surprise of no one coach Brad Childress decided to cancel those sessions. That means the VIkings will have had 12 OTA practices; Childress often has called off the final sessions or taken the team on what amounts to a field trip to either bowl or play paintball.

The Vikings will conduct their mandatory minicamp from Friday through Sunday at Winter Park. That will conclude the team's offseason program for the veterans. Rookies still will have some work to do. Players will then get some time away before training camp opens in late July or early August. The Vikings have yet to announce their training camp dates in Mankato.

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