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Vikes Life: NASCAR, Community Connections & a Challenge for Fans


EAGAN, Minn. – The 2020 NFL Combine is in the rearview mirror, and the Vikings are now turning their attention ahead to free agency, which will open with the new league year on March 18.

While Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, coaches and staff work to make tough roster decisions, players are enjoying a bit of down time before returning to the grind.

Over the next two months, #VikesLife roundups will give fans a look at how their favorite players are spending their offseasons.

Weatherly extends a challenge to fans

Stephen Weatherly has many interests and hobbies outside of football, including music, robotics and baking.

The defensive end regularly encourages others to venture outside of their comfort zone and try new things, and he recently posted a challenge to Twitter. Weatherly requested ideas for new things he should try his hand at while also asking fans to post videos of themselves branching out, as well.

Rudolph attends local basketball game

Tight end Kyle Rudolph attended the Mounds View boys' basketball game on Wednesday. The Mustangs defeated the Irondale Knights 65-56 in the sectional playoff game.

Thielen opens another gym

Wide receiver Adam Thielen, along with Ryan and Heidi Englebert, helped open another ETS Performance gym. The ETS North Metro location opened in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

Thielen has trained with Ryan over the years and has partnered with the Engleberts on other ETS Performance gyms, including in Lakeville and Saint Paul.

Abdullah adds to a collection

Running back Ameer Abdullah posted a photo of a painting he received that combines his love for art and music.

According to Abdullah's post, he has a "growing Jimi Hendrix collection."

Kendricks visits the fast lane

In addition to celebrating his "seventh" birthday, linebacker Eric Kendricks – who has a love for cars – visited a NASCAR race track with Rams linebacker Kenny Young and spent time with professional stock car racing driver Bubba Wallace.

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A Power Trip appearance

Tight end David Morgan joined KFAN's The Power Trip show to chat about football, gaming and what his offseason has looked like. Morgan snapped a photo with KFAN host A.J. Mansour.

Kirk and Cooper train together

Quarterback Kirk Cousins posted a video of him going through some training drills with his oldest son, Cooper, who kept dad on his toes.

Ham connects with the community

Duluth native C.J. Ham stays well-engrained in the Minnesota community.

Recently, the fullback autographed a custom-made pinball game for one of his younger neighbors.