EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –The Vikings brought the '90s back to Winter Park for a day, and it resulted in some pretty fly photos.
Scott Kegley, Executive Director of Digital Media & Innovation, wanted to do something creative for the Vikings rookie class head shots and proposed the idea of a laser background.
"We thought this was a great opportunity to have some fun with our rookie class," Kegley said. "The laser school photo was iconic, and our photographers were able to capture that look, finding the perfect background."
Archive coordinator Zach Tarrant tracked down the laser backdrop, and Vikings photographer Andy Kenutis snapped the throwback photos. In editing, Tarrant even added a "Vikings 16" overlay in the corner to mimic the look of high school senior portraits.
"It was a total collaboration and a great example of teamwork," Kenutis said.
From first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell "crushing" a football, to Kentrell Brothers' classic thumbs-up, to David Morgan nailing the iconic-of-the-90s "thinker" pose, each rookie had fun with the photo shoot and shared some of his personality with fans.
The idea started as something fun to engage Vikings fans, but it caught the attention of teams and platforms around the league.
"The players' first headshots with the team will have you remembering Cross Colours and 'Ice Ice, Baby,' wrote Yahoo Sports.
The photoshoot was also highlighted by Fox Sports, The Washington Post, ESPN and Bleacher Report, among others.
"It's been great to see the attention it's received," Kegley said. "It's much more than we ever imagined."