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"The Mountain" Visits Vikings Players at Winter Park

Posted Oct 17, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A mountain of a man drew plenty of looks at Winter Park on Saturday morning.

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson, who plays Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones, stopped by the team headquarters to get an inside look at the Vikings.

Björnsson sounded the Gjallarhorn and led the Skol Chant at Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Björnsson met numerous players, including awestruck running back Latavius Murray, a noted fan of Game of Thrones.

“It was cool as heck,” Murray said. “It was the first time I had met someone from the show.”

Björnsson, who is 6-foot-9, said he was around 410 pounds. That made every Vikings player look small, including defensive tackle Linval Joseph and defensive end Everson Griffen.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes tried to stand on his tippy toes to be as tall as Björnsson, and later joked the former Icelandic strongman competitor asked him for eating tips.

“I’m bigger than him … I know I am,” Rhodes quipped. “He was asking me how I got so big and what I eat. I told him I eat fish.”

Murray said he was taken aback when Björnsson walked on the field following the Saturday morning walk-through.

“He’s huge,” Murray said. “You know a lot of times in a movie, they arrange the scene different or the camera height, but that man is as advertised with as big as he looks on the show.”

Björnsson also chatted with Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman for a bit before the walk-through.

Spielman and Björnsson talked about the NFL, Game of Thrones and weight lifting. Spielman jokingly asked if Björnsson arrived in Minnesota on a cargo plane.

Björnsson also was fitted for a helmet, shoulder pads and jersey by Vikings Equipment Manager Dennis Ryan. Björnsson then posed in front a custom locker in the Vikings locker room.