From an octogenarian who’s tallied a hole-in-one more often than Tiger Woods, to a college football star who speaks Latin – yes, Latin – I’ve relished getting to know some of Minnesota’s most intriguing sports stories in 2012.
He stands 6-foot-4-inches tall and weighs 261 pounds, but 24-year-old D’Aundre Reed is a boy at heart.
Dropping his head, fixating on a random spot on the locker room carpet, you can’t ignore the visible frustration D’Aundre Reed exudes.
It’s fitting D’Aundre Reed was on a roller coaster last week, taking in the thrills of ValleySCARE via the Wild Thing and Renegade. Because the second-year defensive lineman’s experiencing some sizable highs and lows with the Vikings this season.
The Minnesota Freeze – the state’s Australian Rules Football Club (or footy, for those in the know) – dominated the country’s top opposition recently in Mason, Ohio, outscoring opponents 143-20 en route to its first national title since 2007.
Vikings game days have been tough for D’Aundre Reed as of late.
I got a wee bit nervous. All 261 pounds of Vikings’ second-year defensive end/tackle D’Aundre Reed was not happy with my seemingly harmless inquiry – “How does it feel to be the surprise of the league at 3-1?”
For the inaugural journal entry, let’s just start with “Who is D’Aundre Reed?” That is, let’s learn more about the soft-spoken giant who can make backflips look this easy.
Brandon Morgan’s game revolves around his swift feet – he clocks a 4.55 time in the 40-yard dash.