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Lunchbreak: Bradford, Murray, Cook Make NFLPA's 'Rising 50' List

Two weeks after three Vikings made the NFLPA's top-50 list for player-identified merchandise sales, another three made the "Rising 50" list that identified players "poised to break out and rank among next season's top-sellers."

The website explained the following:

The ranking was developed by evaluating on-field performances during the 2016 season, fantasy football popularity, early demand from NFLPA sponsors and licensees, as well as new faces in strong markets. To be considered for inclusion, players must not have appeared in any previous quarterly or year-end list of the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales.

Quarterback Sam Bradford came in at No. 24, with running backs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook making the list at No. 40 and No. 42, respectively.

Stefon Diggs was No. 33 on the 2016 "Rising 50" ranking before making the jump to No. 46 on this year's top-50 list for total sales.

U.S. Bank Stadium 1 of Finance & Commerce's 'Top Projects of 2016'

Vikings fans and players alike have raved about U.S. Bank Stadium since its grand opening last July.

They're not the only ones drawn to the new venue, however. U.S. Bank Stadium was recently listed as one of the "Top Projects of 2016" honorees by Finance & Commerce, a Minneapolis-based publication.

The following was posted on the Finance & Commerce website:

The U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis and the 11-story Maurices headquarters in Duluth are among 33 projects selected for the annual honors. To be eligible, the projects had to be fully completed by the end of 2016.

A panel of judges looked at the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts.

Other project honorees included the Ben Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills, the Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park and the Minnesota Senate Building in Saint Paul.

All 33 featured projects will be featured in a magazine and series of stories and photos both in the *Finance & Commerce *daily newspaper and on the website. Additionally, the individuals and companies connected to the construction projects will be honored at an event on July 26.

Chef Rhodes

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has tried his hand at a few different things this offseason.

Rhodes told media members earlier this spring that he's incorporated boxing into his offseason training regime. On Tuesday, he posted a video of himself getting a cooking lesson at My Piada, a casual-dining restaurant that specializes in piadas, pasta bowls and chopped salads.

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