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Blake Proehl: Right Where You Need To Be
By Alli Rusco Jul 26, 2023

"Cause everything that's happened made you see

You're right where you need to be"

Blake Proehl was undrafted to the Minnesota Vikings in 2021. He was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 16, 2021. While rehabbing his knee, Blake discovered his love for music. Music has been an important part of his healing process and journey.

Blake had his first headline show on July 15, 2023 at Fine Line in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "I have a lot of adrenaline, I'm gonna have to do those breathing exercises," he laughs "I'm excited to see everyone though."

Vikings photographer, Alli Rusco, visually tells the story of his musical journey to his first headline show.


Fans line up outside the Fine Line venue in Minneapolis on July 15, 2023 to see Blake Proehl perform.


Blake's cross necklace hangs from his neck during practice on Oct. 5, 2022.

This was his first day at practice since his ACL injury.


Blake at practice on Oct. 5, 2022.


Blake works with his producer Zach Foty in the studio on Oct. 4, 2022.

"I write my best when I'm about to go to sleep. I have my guitar on my chest and hum gibberish." - Blake


Blake rehearses his intro during soundcheck on July 15.


Blake makes notes on his set list before his show.


Blake rests his head on his Nana's shoulder backstage before his show.


Blake and his teammate, Trishton Jackson, do their handshake backstage.


Blake and his friends and family pray before he goes onstage.


Blake sits backstage to prepare to go on stage.


Blake performs on stage.

"It's all been virtual for me, so for this moment to really be happening is just crazy." - Blake

"I think singing is one of the most vulnerable things you can do." Blake Proehl

Blake performs on stage.


Blake performing on stage for a packed crowd.

“She’s one of the main reasons I even do this, I wouldn’t really believe in myself or have confidence in my voice without her.” Blake Proehl

Blake surprised his Nana during the show and brought her onstage to perform their song, "In Case You Didn't Know." He originally posted a video of him singing this song to her on TikTok, and it went viral.


Blake celebrates with his band backstage before the encore.


Blake's friends and family stand onstage during "Waves."

"To have them (family) at the first one is super special." - Blake


Blake walks through the crowd while performing "Waves."


Blake signs his name on the wall backstage. It's a tradition for whomever has performed at Fine Line to sign the wall.


Blake walks down the venue stairs at the end of his show.

View the complete photo story below:

While rehabbing his knee, Vikings WR Blake Proehl discovered his love for music. Music has been an important part of his healing process and journey. On July 15, 2023, Blake had his first headline show at Fine Line in Minneapolis, Minn.

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