The Monday Morning Quarterback's Kalyn Kahler spotlighted a Saturday morning tradition at Winter Park.
Vikings players and the training staff have continued to hold Donut Club meetings that are governed by rules and respect for delicious donuts.
*"We just like to see commitment from guys. We need to see proof that you want to be a part of this club and want to be part of something bigger than yourself." *
*That quote isn't just another cliché being spewed by an NFL player about next week's game. It's a passionate explanation from veteran linebacker Chad Greenway about a different kind of club that meets early on Saturday mornings and follows a rule book that's nearly as detailed as the league's: The Minnesota Vikings' Donut Club. *
By even acknowledging its existence, Greenway has already broken the first rule of Donut Club. "I'm now getting yelled at for talking about it," he says. "It's like Fight Club. You're going to get me in trouble."
Kahler noted the tradition started in 2008 when Gus Frerotte brought a dozen into the training room one Saturday morning.
*They were devoured in a matter of minutes, and it became a regular thing. *
"I just kept bringing donuts in because it's a great thing to see when a guy sees fresh, big-ass donuts and they want to eat them," says Frerotte, who retired after that '08 season, his 15th in the NFL. If he returned to the Vikings' training room now, he wouldn't recognize the cult-like institution that grew from his humble act of generosity.
Click here to learn the rules of the Vikings Donut Club.
Another half dozen:
Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press checked in with Phil Loadholt on his recovery from an Achilles injury.
Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune on how Stefon Diggs has made the most of his opportunity.
Viking Update's Eric Oslund on the plays made early and late by Captain Munnerlyn.
ESPN1500.com's Andrew Krammer writes that the defensive line stepped up in the absence of Everson Griffen, who missed Sunday's game because of illness.
ESPN's Ben Goessling on how the Vikings stopped the Chiefs in their effort to replace running back Jamaal Charles.
Diggs and rookie Eric Kendricks have been nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.