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Newman Still Grinding Away in 14th NFL Season

At 37 years old, cornerback Trae Waynes is the oldest player on the Vikings roster.

He's been in the NFL since 2003, a year when some Minnesota players were still in elementary school.

But Newman still exudes the same passion and commitment he had as a rookie, as evidenced by a recent conversation he had with Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.

Newman told Murphy that despite his longevity in the NFL, he still has plenty he wants to accomplish.

*Tiny spikes of gray hair protruding from Newman's shaved head reveal an ongoing struggle to conceal the evidence. But the 14-year veteran has nothing to hide regarding his proven game, his playmaking role with the Vikings or his duty to pay it forward with ambitious apprentices gunning for his job. *

*Not with so much unfinished business from a journey that started back in 2003. *

"I don't have a Super Bowl. I don't have an NFC championship. I don't have any of that," said Newman. "That's what I'm chasing. I've made a lot of money playing this game. It's not money. I want a ring."

Newman started all 16 games last season and led the Vikings with three interceptions. And as he enters his 14th season, Newman is as willing as ever to hand out advice to his teammates.

Cornerback arguably is the toughest job in the NFL, requiring defenders to backpedal against wide receivers who typically are the fastest players on the field. Newman said the shared struggle creates an unbreakable bond.

"It's the code of DBs to pass on as much as you can to everyone and anyone on your team who's willing to listen," he said.

Barr, Joseph get recognition on NFL.com

Each week, NFL Network reveals its "Top 100 Players of 2016" with 10 players at a time.

A group of writers at NFL.com are doing their own list, and a pair of Vikings popped up on a pair of lists for players 51-60.

Gregg Rosenthal had Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr at No. 56 on his list, but fellow writer Chris Wesseling disagreed and said the ranking but based "purely on potential."

Barr made the Pro Bowl last season after racking up 80 total tackles and 3.5 sacks.

"This is 2016, Chris Wesseling, you don't just ask your linebackers just to rush the passer," Rosenthal said. "That's why I like Anthony Barr, he can do a little bit of everything.

"Anthony Barr, you're betting on the player to get better," he added. "I think at the end of 2016 you'll look back on this segment and you'll say, 'Wow, you were really ahead of the game.' This is a guy that's about to be a superstar."

The duo also disagreed on defensive tackle Linval Joseph, whom Rosenthal wasn't as high on. Wesseling ranked at Joseph at No. 52 on his list.

"There are games when Linval Joseph is making eight or nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage," Wesseling said.

Joseph played 12 games in his second season with the Vikings, finishing with 71 tackles (43 solo), eight tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and 0.5 sacks.

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