I had a chance to chat Tuesday morning with Vikings legend John Randle, who is promoting the NFL Super Bowl Experience and the array of activities that go along with it. Tickets for the interactive event went on sale Tuesday, and it runs from Jan. 27-Feb. 3.
At the end of our chat, I asked Randle about the 2017 Vikings. He still lives in Minnesota and knows plenty about the current team, so I was curious if he had any specific thoughts about a 10-2 team that is doing a lot of things well right now.
Randle singled out one player — not surprisingly a defensive player — for the target of much of his specific praise.
“Everson Griffen reminds me of myself, but he has Linval Joseph next to him. Guys like Linval Joseph, you don’t just find guys like that on every team,” Randle said. “Those are the kinds of players who come to work and maybe don’t get the thrills and satisfaction Griffen gets, but you need a guy like that on your team. He’s a guy that does it day in, day out. For guys who played in the National Football League like me, I know that when you talk about the Minnesota Vikings you have to talk about Linval Joseph. He is not a man, he is men. That dude is a load.”
He’s not a man, he is men.
I’ll be thinking about that one for a long time. Nicely done, John Randle.