It’s been a long time since Tommy Kramer or Keith Millard played football, but the former teammates continue to make an impact in the Minnesota community.
The two are part of several Vikings Legends who give back on a regular basis, and they did so again on Super Bowl Sunday.
Kramer, Millard, Henry Thomas, Carl Lee and Rickey Young made a few stops to greet Vikings fans in Northern Minnesota over the weekend, including at the Chris Jensen Rehabilitation Center in Duluth.
FOX 21’s Arman Rahman wrote:
Five former Minnesota Vikings stopped by the center to sign autographs and talk football.
The players say being with these lifelong fans is perfect for a day full of pigskin.
“I didn’t know that we’d have so many purple jerseys and people so into it, so it’s been awesome,” Millard told Rahman.
“Everybody’s full of excitement and energy, can’t ask for a better day.”
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Craig: Hutchinson missed 2019 HOF class by ‘one step’
Former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson made it past the first round of eliminations in discussion by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, but he ultimately missed the cut for the 2019 class.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune is part of the 48-member committee and delved into the process in which Hutchinson missed the Hall by “one step.” Craig wrote:
Unlike last year, the 48-member selection committee did chip away at the four-person logjam at offensive line by choosing former Seahawks, Jets and Titans center Kevin Mawae as one of the eight members of the Class of 2019. Hutchinson and fellow guard Alan Faneca made the modern-era cut from 15 to 10 while left tackle Tony Boselli did not.
The entire 48-member committee, including yours truly, voted yes or no on those eight candidates. Thirty-nine yes votes were needed to make it in.
Eliminated in the cut from 15 to 10 modern-era finalists were Boselli, Raiders coach Tom Flores, Rams receiver Isaac Bruce, Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour and Bucs and Broncos safety John Lynch.
Eliminated in the cut from 10 to five were Hutchinson, Faneca, Broncos safety Steve Atwater, Colts and Cardinals running back Edgerrin James and Cardinals and Chargers coach Don Coryell.
Craig gave detailed breakdowns of how long the committee spent deliberating on each player.
The committee spent 26:11 on Boselli, 24:24 on Mawae, 13:03 on Hutchinson and 10:32 on Faneca.
The sense is Faneca, a six-time All-Pro, and Hutchinson, a five-time All-Pro, split the votes at guard, opening the door for the somewhat surprising pick of Mawae as only the fourth center selected in the past 50 years. He had fewer All-Pro honors (three), but played in more games, 241, while blocking for as many 100-yard rushers (91) as Boselli had games played.
In his second-year of eligibility, Hutchinson was praised for his toughness and intelligence but ultimately fell victim to the committee’s decision to unclog the five-member defensive back field by taking both Bailey and Law when it appeared it might be either or.
Craig opined that Hutchinson “could very well make the final 15” again next year when the Class of 2020 is decided.
Cook watches Super Bowl with Kids of Courage
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook made Super Bowl Sunday even more special for a group of young people fighting difficult battles.
A volunteer at Kids of Courage posted Sunday that Cook watched the big game with children and young adults who are part of the New York-based nonprofit. Kids of Courage works to support and empower young people who are living with serious, painful and often life-threatening illness.