Jared Allen cut off his mullet. Kevin and Pat Williams likely won’t have to serve a suspension. The team let Chester Taylor go to the division-rival Chicago Bears and drafted Heisman candidate at running back to play alongside Adrian Peterson. Percy Harvin is dreamy. There is a lot going on with the Minnesota Vikings. None of those things come up in any national conversation about the Vikings. It turns out, the local station focuses on #4 as well.
I’m not going to mention him by name – especially not yet. I grew up in Wisconsin. My family owns stock in the Green Bay Packers (my parents even go to the shareholders meetings). I first really got into sports the year he was drafted by the Falcons (Don Majkowski was the quarterback then). I never really liked the guy, but I disliked him a lot less when “we” were winning. He’s a different guy now. I don’t even think of him as the same person. And in all honesty, I don’t really think about him period.
Brad Childress joined Paul Allen on KFAN in Minneapolis to talk about #4, Jared Allen, the Williams Wall, and his cooking preference.
On if #4 is coming back:
“I don’t know. You could go ahead and pontificate on the merits for or against. I bet you could make a whole show out of that.”
On those that think that it’s preposterous that Childress doesn’t know about #4:
“I’m usually going to tell you. That’s an opinion. Certainly anybody’s entitled to how they may think. Sometimes they don’t know what they don’t know.”
On if #4′s ankle surgery was more for Dancing with the Stars than football:
“That’s getting more credible all the time. Just keep going with that. You may be on to something.”
On the lack of suspension for the “Williams Wall”:
“Everybody eats. It’s not like the backups don’t get paid or they only get paid when they go all in. If you ask me how confident I was before this that they were going to play, I would stay, ‘I don’t know, which of course would have been grounds for dismissal.’”
And on his cooking preference:
“That’s me. I’m a hot dog guy. I love hot dogs. That was a Saturday feast for me as a kid. Scrub the floors and let’s cook hot dogs.”