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Former TE Ben Utecht Delivers Musical Message

Concussions drove Ben Utecht out of pro football five years ago. He fears that the effects from the hits he took as a tight end for four NFL seasons, and for four years before that at the University of Minnesota, will have a significant impact on his future health. Now a singer-songwriter and in-demand speaker, Utecht wanted to ensure that his family will always remember him as a bright, clever and insightful person. What better way than through a song?

12/25/2014

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Musicians + Sports: Darius Rucker Lives for Football: See His Pregame Soundtrack

Rucker’s pregame soundtrack is a wildly diverse collection of music that ranges from Notorious B.I.G. to R.E.M.

12/19/2014

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Gophers Fans Getting More Flights To Citrus Bowl

There is a lot of excitement over the University of Minnesota’s football team’s upcoming appearance at the Citrus Bowl — so much so that there’s a shortage of flights to Florida.

12/18/2014

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Vikings Sign Ahmad Dixon From Practice Squad

The Minnesota Vikings have promoted safety Ahmad Dixon from the practice squad to the active roster. The Vikings announced the move on Wednesday as they started preparation for a game at Miami on Sunday.

12/17/2014

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10 Beers To Try At Your Next Football Watch Party

Nothing goes better with football than an ice cold beer. Chad Polenz, author of The Handbook Of Porter’s & Stouts, has 10 beers to try at your next watch party.

12/17/2014

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Vikings Give Greenway Award For Community Service

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has been selected for the team’s Community Man of the Year award. The Vikings made the announcement Tuesday, citing Greenway’s volunteer work with several local organizations.

12/16/2014

#4 Matt Kalil, OT, drafted by Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Offensive Line Showing Improvement

Two months ago, Matt Kalil and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen were reeling. The Detroit Lions had just sacked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eight times, relentless pressure that also led to three interceptions, while forcing seven punts and limiting the Vikings to three points.

12/11/2014

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Off The Field, Vikings Teammates Are Roommates, Friends

When Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke aren’t together kicking a football at work, go figure, you’re likely to find them together hitting a cue ball at home.

12/07/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers dops back to pass during the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keidel: Aaron Rodgers Is The Greatest Quarterback To Ever Play American Football

This is not because Rodgers beat Brady last week. The game was whisker-close and you could easily argue that the Patriots would win a rematch on a neutral field. This is about stats, scent, and sense.

12/05/2014

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NFL Executive Troy Vincent Speaks During Second Day Of Peterson Appeal Trial

Late Thursday afternoon Adrian Peterson’s appeal before an NFL hearing officer wrapped up. This was the second day of the hearing. While Peterson made a statement at the hearing on Tuesday, he didn’t appear in person Thursday but reportedly listened in via conference call.

12/04/2014

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AP Sources: Peterson Won’t Attend Hearing Thursday

Adrian Peterson won’t attend the conclusion of his suspension appeal hearing Thursday when NFL executive Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Peterson gave a statement without testifying on Tuesday, according to one person. Another person said hearing officer Harold Henderson asked Vincent to testify after the NFL Players Association submitted an audio tape and a transcript of a conversation between Vincent and Peterson as evidence.

12/03/2014

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half at AT&T Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football Breakdown: Dallas Cowboys At Chicago Bears

The Cowboys are 8-4, but if the season ended today they would not be in the playoffs. After Thursday’s visit to Chicago, they go to Philadelphia, host Indianapolis, and finish at Washington.

12/03/2014

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Quicker-Thinking Bridgewater Shows Progress

Though the playoff chase has eluded the Minnesota Vikings yet again this year, these final four games still serve an important purpose. As soon as rookie Teddy Bridgewater took over at quarterback, his development was always going to be as much of a priority as winning itself.

12/01/2014

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Podcast Page: 11-28-14 The WCCO Morning With Dave Lee-BLACK FRIDAY!

A Black Friday special on the WCCO Morning News wIth Dave Lee…Click the link above.

11/28/2014

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Minnesotans Carry Out Traditions Despite Thanksgiving Cold

It is the coldest Thanksgiving in nearly 30 years, but that doesn’t stop Minnesotans from enjoying their Thanksgiving traditions. A group of high school friends spent the morning at Roseville Area High School playing football, a tradition a decade in the making.

11/27/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 11-27-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee-RADIO PARADE EDITION!

Listen to highlights 2014 from the 2014 Radio Parade by clicking the link above.

11/27/2014

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Thursday Football Breakdown: Chicago Bears At Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions played on Thanksgiving before 24 of the current NFL franchises even existed. The Lions’ first owner scheduled the inaugural game in 1934 to try and generate interest in the team.

11/26/2014

The Best Things About Thanksgiving

PODCAST PAGE: 11-26-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link above to head to DAVE’s PODCAST PAGE!

11/26/2014

In a weird turn of events, Randy Moss is traded to the Minnesota Vikings from the New England Patriots. A few weeks later, he was waived by the team. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Top 5 Thanksgiving NFL Football Games

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means three things for most people across America on Thursday — family, food and football. And it’s not necessarily in that order. But it’s an annual tradition for Thanksgiving that families gather together and remember what they are thankful for.

11/25/2014

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Minneota Beats Dawson-Boyd Or Class 1A Title

Grant Hennen rushed for 179 yards, Cole Hennen had a long clinching score and Minneota held off Dawson-Boyd 28-14 Saturday in the Class 1A Championship at the Prep Bowl.

11/22/2014

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Asiata Out With Concussion For Vikings Vs. Packers

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.

11/21/2014

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Holdingford Tops BOLD 20-18 In Class 2A Title Game

A late-season position switch paid off nicely for Nathan Brinker and Holdingford. Lined up as a running back, Brinker connected with quarterback Austin Gerads for an 8-yard touchdown in double overtime, giving Holdingford a 20-18 edge over BOLD to win the Class 2A state title Friday at the Prep Bowl.

11/21/2014

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After 33 Years, H.S. Football Championships Returns To The Outdoors

It’s been more than three decades since the last time the Minnesota high school football championship was played outdoors. And like this year, weather played a key part. David McCoy shows why the 1981 was a game memorable for more than just its place in history.

11/21/2014

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Grand Meadow 48, Edgerton/Ellsworth 0

A fast start and stout defense led to a second straight state football title for Grand Meadow. Michael Stejskal threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Grand Meadow beat Edgerton/Ellsworth 48-0 Friday in the 9-Man Championship at the Prep Bowl.

11/21/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Packers LB Matthews Probably For Vikings Game

The Green Bay Packers expect star linebacker Clay Matthews to play Sunday at Minnesota. Matthews is probable for the game, Green Bay’s first on the road in nearly a month.

11/21/2014

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