December 31, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson picked up the Minnesota Vikings and gave them a thrilling ride to the playoffs, where the next stop on this improbable journey is, yes, Green Bay. This game was so full of action, intrigue and tension they're going to stage it again next weekend. Peterson finished 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, but he still powered the Vikings past the Packers, 37-34, on Sunday with 199 yards to set up a rematch at Lambeau Field in a first-round playoff game.
February 15, 2013 |
After leading the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff berth last season, Leslie Frazier has reached an agreement on a contract through 2014. The Vikings exercised the fourth-year option on his contract Wednesday, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013. He was entering the final year of his deal, and talks of an extension started to become an issue publicly as the Vikings mounted a stunning December run to the playoffs. Stuck at 6-6 and without injured receiver Percy Harvin, the Vikings rode running back Adrian Peterson to four straight victories, including a thriller over Green Bay in the regular-season finale to thrust them into the postseason.
October 26, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie Doug Martin ran for 135 yards and a touchdown and caught a 64-yard touchdown pass, one of three thrown by Josh Freeman, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Minnesota Vikings, 36-17, Thursday night. The Bucs came out strong against Minnesota's sputtering offense. Martin had 214 total yards and took a screen pass all the way on the fourth play of the second half to give Tampa Bay (3-4) a 27-10 lead. After Connor Barth's third field goal made it 30-10, Adrian Peterson had a season-best 64-yard touchdown run that briefly gave Minnesota (5-3)
May 13, 2014 |
Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. A four-year starter at Villanova, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Cox led the Wildcats last season in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (111/2). In 48 career games, he had 18 sacks, 331/2 tackles for loss, and 105 tackles overall. He will try to make a Vikings team that has another local defensive lineman, second-year tackle Sharrif Floyd, a product of George Washington High, who was a first-round draft choice last season.
November 14, 2012
Ben Roethlisberger continues to undergo tests and evaluation on his right shoulder, after he injured it during Monday night's 16-13 win over the Chiefs. Roethlisberger took a hard hit from Kansas City's Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, then left the game with his throwing arm held limp against his body. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger has a sprain in his shoulder. But Tomlin could not provide any timetable for when his QB might return. "Obviously, his injury puts his participation in the questionable category," Tomlin said of Roethlisberger's status for a Week 11 game against Baltimore.
May 2, 2015 |
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
April 30, 2013 |
Temple all-American running back Montel Harris of Jacksonville, Fla., and defensive end John Youboty of Houston have signed rookie free-agent contracts with NFL teams. Harris joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Youboty signed with the Denver Broncos. Owls placekicker/punter Brandon McManus (Indianapolis Colts) and offensive lineman Martin Wallace (Cleveland Browns) also are signed rookie free agents this spring. A preseason all-American and a 2012 first-team all-Big East honoree, Harris led the nation with 27 career 100-yard rushing games, including five with the Owls in 2012.
May 29, 2013 |
NFL MVP Adrian Peterson said he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects, but regarding gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back said, "That's not something I believe in. " Peterson made his comments in a recent interview with Sirius/XM NFL radio. He was asked his thoughts on the Vikings cutting longtime punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for gay rights and gay marriage. Peterson said he considers Kluwe a good friend. "I have relatives who are gay," Peterson said.
March 17, 2014 |
Ben Tate signed a two-year, $7 million free-agent deal on Saturday with the Cleveland Browns, who have been desperate to find a quality every-down running back since trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis early last season. The 25-year-old Tate, who spent the last four years with Houston, is excited to begin a new chapter with the Browns. "I feel like now that I've been given this opportunity that I can be one of the top backs in the league," he said in a teleconference. "I'm going to let my play speak for itself.
December 5, 2013 |
Nick Foles laughed when asked about his plans for the next 1,000 years, which is how long Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he would be the team's starting quarterback. "Just one day at a time. Knew that was coming," Foles said Tuesday. "Just thankful to be here, thankful to be playing, thankful to be healthy. " Kelly made the comment Monday when he was asked about Foles becoming the team's franchise quarterback. Kelly did not want to get into the semantics of a "franchise quarterback," although that's the next big question about Foles' career.