Meet the 2018 Vikings: Fun facts about your favorite players
Football is back — or at least preseason games. With that comes the inundation of statistics — who ran for how many yards, in what round was player drafted, what were a player’s stats in college and so on.
Since you’ll be getting enough football stats about the Minnesota Vikings to fill any void you might have, we thought we’d take a look at the lighter side of things.
We scoured through the Vikings media guide and came up with some different and interesting facts about a number of players. While your friends are dishing out Kirk Cousins‘ passing yards, you can enlighten them on which player appeared in a “Sharknado” movie, who is a published author, who was inducted into a Hall of Fame this past offseason and much more.
Read on, enjoy and be prepared to dazzle your buddies with your inside knowledge of Vikings players.
Mackensie Alexander: Born to Haitian immigrants in South Florida who picked tomatoes and oranges to provide for the family.
Josh Andrews: Known as “Juice” during his career at Oregon State.
Ade Aruna: Moved to the United States in 2010 from Nigeria to play basketball. Competed in soccer, judo and gymnastics in Nigeria before coming to America.
Anthony Barr: Father, Tony Brooks, was a fourth-round draft pick (RB) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992 out of Notre Dame. Has 3 uncles who also played in the NFL.
Blake Bell: Earned the nickname the “Belldozer” in college after being featured in packages specifically designed to take advantage of his ability to produce in goal-line and short-yardage situations.
Tom Compton: Had a part in the movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” playing the role of a reporter stationed in front of the White House.
Tyler Conklin: Played basketball for Division II Northwood University for one year before transferring to Central Michigan to play football.
Kirk Cousins: Published his first book, Game Changers: Faith, Football, & Finding Your Way, in 2013.
Stefon Diggs: Going back to school in the offseason to complete his degree in African American studies with a minor in communications, he is two semesters shy of earning his degree.
Pat Elflein: Boyhood friend and high school classmate in Pickerington, Ohio of former Michigan tight end and fellow 2017 NFL draftee Jake Butt (Denver), who was roommates with Vikings 2017 fourth-round pick linebacker Ben Gedeon while at Michigan.
Anthony Harris: Supports and mentors an AAU girls basketball team, Team Loaded, and owns a Cyrotherapy business in Richmond, Va.
Caleb Jones: Father, Robert, and uncle, Jeff Blake, played a combined 270 games in the NFL. His brother, Zay, is a wide receiver for Buffalo.
Jayron Kearse: Nephew of former NFL standout defensive end Jevon Kearse and a cousin of former NFL cornerback Phillip Buchanon.
Cedric Lang: Played four years of basketball at UTEP and used his fifth year of eligibility to play football.
David Morgan: Aspires to a career in high school coaching.
Latavius Murray: Got engaged during the 2018 offseason to Shauntay Skanes, who is currently enlisted in the Navy. Also participated in the NFL’s 2018 USO Tour throughout Italy and Germany.
Terence Newman: Inducted into the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
Ifeadi Odenigbo: Is the first member of his family born in the United States; his parents emigrated from Nigeria. He did not play football until 10th grade.
Reilly Reiff: As a high school wrestler had a 121-1 record and won three state titles.
Horace Richardson: Aspires to a career with the Environmental Protection Agency after his playing career.
Brian Robison: Has fished in pro-am tournaments during his offseasons and competes in the Texas Team Trail Bass Championships.
Andrew Sendejo: Plays guitar and piano.
Marcus Sherels: Aspires to attend law school after his playing career.
Trevor Siemian: Became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs in first career road start (at Cincinnati, Sept. 26, 2016).
Kyle Sloter: Had a job offer with Ashford Advisors, a financial company in his hometown of Atlanta before deciding to pursue a career in the NFL.
Jack Tocho: Son of Kenyan immigrants, he has traveled to Africa several times.
Eric Wilson: Enjoys skateboarding in his free time.
Kendall Wright: Played on Baylor’s basketball team as a freshman.