EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler's commitment to fundamentals has led to an equipment grant for his high school alma mater.
Loeffler has selected Tom Moore High School in Ingram, Texas, to receive a $1,000 through USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Vikings and the NFL. Loeffler played defensive end and tight end during his first three high school seasons, and played defensive end, quarterback and punted as a senior. He transitioned to long snapper at Texas and is the longest-tenured Vikings player (signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004). Loeffler has started 171 games, tied with Kevin Williams and Hall of Famer Paul Krause for 17th most in Vikings history.
Loeffler was named to USA Football's 2014 All-Fundamentals Team in December. He joined 25 other players — 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teamers — that were named to the team and awarded grants.
It was the second time for Loeffler to be named to the team that recognizes players for employing proper techniques to foster safety and on-field performance.
A five-person committee — Charles Davis, Herm Edwards, Merril Hoge, Carl Peterson and Bill Polian—helped assemble the team.
Loeffler re-signed with Minnesota this offseason and is at the onset of his 12th pro season. He and teammates are scheduled to return to Winter Park April 20 for the team's offseason workout program.
Cornerback Terence Newman, who joined the Vikings in free agency this offseason, was also named to the team in 2014. Newman has not determined who the recipient of his grant will be.
- Indicates captains — the 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team captains were selected by a fan vote.
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