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. It will run from Jan. 27-Feb. 3.

At the end of our chat, I asked Randle, who still lives in Minnesota, about the 2017 Vikings.

"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."

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