It was hard to miss Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs on Monday night. He caught a pair of touchdown passes from Sam Bradford — punting the ball toward the stands after one of the grabs (pictured) — and generally made life miserable for the Saints in a 29-19 Vikings victory.
If you watch TV the six days a week when Diggs isn’t playing, it’s similarly hard to miss him. He’s been a big part of CenturyLink’s local television campaign — “They have some more confidence in me now,” Diggs said of his expanding acting roles in the commercials. “Maybe I’ll have a double life as an actor and football player.” — and was making the rounds Tuesday morning promoting Vikings Boostboxes. Those are bi-weekly giveaways that include Vikings tickets, tablets and more.
I talked to Diggs at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, and frankly he sounded more well-rested than me even though he had finished a professional football game the night before while I had merely watched. A longer version of the interview will appear later in the week, but for now here are three thoughts from Diggs the morning after his big game:
*On what he and teammates do after a night game to try to unwind or take care of their bodies: “It depends. Some guys go right to sleep when they get home. I like to try to take care of my body a little bit before I get to sleep so I’ll feel better today. … I did the cold tub, rolled myself out a little bit, and I’m getting a massage later on. I’m looking forward to that one, I’ll tell you that.”
*Diggs was checked for a concussion during Monday’s game but returned quickly to the field. I asked him what that process is like: “I don’t even know if I’m allowed to tell you what happens underneath the tent. (Laughs). It’s just protocol, and maybe you can Google it. … But I’m fine.”
*On Dalvin Cook and confidence as a rookie — which Diggs had plenty of in his first season in 2015: “Dalvin does. You guys (in the media) don’t talk to him too much, but we’re around him all day, every day. We have a lot of confidence in him.”