Vikings fans will have the opportunity to meet Head Coach Mike Zimmer while also supporting a worthwhile cause.
On May 13, Zimmer is partnering with local memorabilia store FanHQ for an autograph signing and meet-and-greet. Through the Mike Zimmer Foundation, 100 percent of proceeds from ticket purchases will benefit Maddie B's Mission.
Maddie, who in December completed 34 months of cancer treatments, connected with Zimmer through a previous foundation event. She currently is fundraising to find a cure for PH+ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Maddie explained her efforts:
I am honored to say that I have been nominated as a 2020 Students of the Year candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The fundraiser is seven weeks, starting Jan. 9, 2020, to Feb. 29, 2020. The student that raises the most by asking for donations, getting sponsorships, hosting events and collecting items for silent auction gets awarded at the gala and wins a $2,500 college scholarship. More importantly, I will get to have a grant in honor of someone, and I would choose my grandma as she passed away from cancer seven months after I was diagnosed. My team of family and friends volunteering with Maddie B's Mission are working hard to reach my goal of $150,000. Our hope is to provide support to research new treatments and drugs for blood cancer which has affected myself and many others. In order to reach our goal, we need your help!
Fans can choose from a variety of ticket package options, with prices ranging from $30 to $75.
Note: Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 29 in order to support Maddie's Mission.
Cousins included tabbed as 79th best overall player in 2019
It's that time of year when analytics site Pro Football Focus ranks its top 101 players from the season.
PFF's Sam Monson rolled out the 50-101 grouping on Tuesday and included one Viking, quarterback Kirk Cousins. Monson wrote the following of Cousins, who wrapped up his second season in Purple:
Kirk Cousins had one of the worst games of the entire season in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, but from that moment on, he was consistently among the better passers in the NFL and a big reason why the Vikings were able to make the playoffs and pull off an upset win on the road against New Orleans. Cousins had a passer rating of 118.0 when kept clean in the pocket this season, and only Patrick Mahomes surpassed him when it came to passer rating on deep shots throughout the year.
View the top photos of Vikings QB Kirk Cousins from the 2019 season.
Despite Minnesota's loss to San Francisco in the Divisional round of the playoffs, Monson called 2019 "the best season of Cousins' career."
Cousins was ranked by Monson ahead of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, whom he slated at 83rd overall.
The enigma that is Aaron Rodgers continues to confound. […] Overall, Rodgers is still capable of those sensational games, but his baseline has slipped from where it once was, and he ended the year ranked seventh in overall PFF grade at the position. At his best, Rodgers has been the No. 1 player on this list in multiple seasons, and while he has slipped from that level, he is still good enough to be one of the best 101 players in the league.
Ron Yary's son following in father's footsteps
Like father, like son.
Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary's son, Jack, announced earlier this week that he has committed to Southern Cal for the next stop on his football journey. Jack currently is a senior at Murietta Valley High School in California, where he plays tight end.
Patch.com's Toni McAllister wrote the following of Jack:
His father, Anthony Ronald Yary, also attended USC before becoming the first overall pick of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The senior Yary left the game in 1982 following a short stint with the Los Angeles Rams; he became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
According to 247Sports.com, Jack is a three-star prospect. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end recorded 42 catches for 621 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2019 season.