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Mpls. Cop Aims To Change Polar Football Culture

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Not only does Charlie Adams keep things safe at Vikings games working sideline security as part of the Minneapolis police force, the officer is also the head coach of the Minneapolis North High School football team.

He’s trying to rebuilding a program’s tradition, with a little bit of family help.

And on one day earlier this month, he has just 19 players turn out for his practice.

Adams’ goal? To change the teams culture.

“The best thing you can do is encourage the kids, and help make them feel like they’re part of something special,” Adams said.

His father, also a police officer — with the same name — helps out and sometimes has to take orders from his own son.

“He’s the coach and the boss,” Adams’ father said. “I have to listen to what he tells me.”

More than anything, Adams wants to restore the northside. He grew up here and played here.

“It’s what I was made for,” he said. “I am a Polar. I bleed blue. We may not be the biggest, or the best, but in my heart this is what I want to do.”

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