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Robison Geared Up for 10th Season, Charity Fishing Tourney

Texas-native Brian Robison has done plenty of offseason fishing, one of the defensive end's biggest hobbies.

But it seems the Vikings veteran has spent an equal amount of time fielding questions about his future.

Robison, who recently chatted with Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, said he hopes to play at least two more seasons

*"It seems like I get asked it every day," Robison, who turns 33 on April 27, told Tomasson. "Aunts and uncles, people you see every once in a while, when they see you they ask you those things. It's like I'm getting old or something. *

"I tell them all the same thing, 'I really don't know. I just take it day by day, and we'll figure out where we're at, at the end of the season.' "

Robison has appeared in 142 career games with the Vikings and has 48.5 career sacks, including a career-high 9.0 sacks in 2013.

The Vikings are scheduled to return to Winter Park on April 18 for the beginning of the voluntary offseason workout program. Before that, however, Robison will host his first fishing tournament to benefit his Reel 'Em In Foundation this Saturday in Texas. The proceeds for the event will benefit K9s4Cops (click here for more info).

Robison told Tomasson that he's especially excited about the 2016 season, which will be his 10th in purple and gold.

*"I'm grateful that I'm going to get this year in," Robison said. "Playing 10 years in one place is obviously something that not a whole lot of people get to accomplish. My whole mindset now is basically on winning a Super Bowl championship and bringing that to Minnesota." *

A former standout at the University of Texas, Robison will be reunited with one of his college teammates in safety Michael Griffin, whom the Vikings signed as free agent this offseason.

*"I'm pretty excited about Michael Griffin," Robison said. "I think he's a heck of a player. I know he's going to fit into the mold that [Vikings coach Mike] Zimmer wants at safety, so I'm excited about being back on the field with him." *

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Strong upbringing helped shaped life of COO Warren

The youngest of seven children, Kevin Warren learned the importance of family rather quickly.

Warren, now in his second year as the Chief Operating Officer of the Vikings, recently spoke with Julia Johnson of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder about his upbringing and how it impacted his life.

He is the youngest of seven born to educators, and he describes his parents as very disciplined. With expectations of "Yes sir" and "No sir," there was no wiggle room for foolery when it came to academics.

Warren's father, Morrison Warren, Sr., earned three degrees from Arizona State University, served in the military and went on to become vice mayor of Phoenix and the first African-American president of a major bowl game (the Fiesta Bowl) in 1981.

As for his mother, Warren described her as brilliant, the valedictorian of her class. She is "a beautiful lady, spiritually grounded, a sweetheart but a no-nonsense individual as well."

Warren, who has earned degrees from Grand Canyon University, Arizona State and Notre Dame, was with St. Louis when the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV. He also previously spent time with the Lions.

Now his main focus is bringing a world championship to Minnesota.

"The first 50 years of my life I have focused on me and my family, and the next 50 years I want to focus on making those around me better," he said. "I also want to help this franchise win their first Super Bowl."

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