The biggest hit from yesterday’s 30-24 victory over the Cardinals came before the game, when a pair of Vikings defensive linemen stampeded an unsuspecting FOX sound technician as they ran out of the tunnel.

Defensive end Brian Robison was the first to collide with the sound technician, a Hugo native named Bernie Beaudry. But it was nose tackle Linval Joseph who leveled Beaudry, who bounced off the 330-pounder’s chest before becoming parallel with the turf and slamming his head.

Video of the collision went viral, thanks to the help of Robison and other Vikings teammates who posted clips of the hit to social media accounts.

“He’s got to check both ways before he crosses the road, man,” Robison said today. “I heard he finished the game out so hats off to him. That was probably the hit of the year. I don’t think that’s going to be topped.”

Robison, who chuckled when asked about the collision but also felt some remorse, said that he and Joseph plan to send Beaudry a care package.

“I’m going to try to get a picture of him getting leveled by me and Linval and autograph it and send it to him and maybe a few other [things] to hopefully ease the pain a little bit,” the veteran defensive end said.

Perhaps that hit was a tone-setter for the defensive line, which helped the Vikings snap out of a pass-rushing slump with four sacks yesterday.

“If that was the only hit we would have gotten out of the tunnel, then it would have been pretty sad,” he said. “It was definitely great to see that.”

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