Most mornings we give you the highlights and outlook for the Vikings … today they open the NFL preseason at the Hall of Fame against the Steelers.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Adrian Peterson doesn’t want to be the greatest running back of all time … he wants to be the greatest player of all time.
Mick Tingelhoff gave everything on the football field, and the Vikings ironman center finally made it to the Hall of Fame. He was inducted Saturday, helped along by his former quarterback, Fran Tarkenton.
Mick couldn’t speak at the induction ceremony, but it’s obvious from his smiles that he enjoyed the day immensely. Brian Peterson’s photo gallery is here.
The Steelers have a lot of good players but … not all of them will play tonight. A quick look at the game, which will be televised on Ch. 11 at 7 p.m.
MORE ON THE STEELERS
Teddy Bridgewater’s college teammate, Hot Rod Holliman, is a promising safety for the Steelers.
Former Steelers star Jerome Bettis, like Tingelhoff, is the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
If you want to review the Packers’ scrimmage, check in on the Journal-Sentinel’s Live Blog.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has looked sharp in the Lions camp.
Da Bears, like the Pack, had a Saturday night scrimmage.
Are you ready for some football? The Vikings play the Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game at 7 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings had 90 players now and will have to cut to 53 by the time the regular season starts, meaning 37 (is my math right?) of tonight’s players won’t make the team (OK, some will make the practice squad, but still …). So what’s the average NFL career of a player? The players’ association says that a rookie who makes a team’s opening day roster has an average career of six years. Commissioner Roger Goodell says the average career for a first-round draft choice is nine years. Both sides seem to agree that, overall, the average career is 3.5 years, including guys who are only in training camp once before they hit the road.