Someone told Patrick Peterson about the “Skol” chant
Three-time All-Pro cornerback Peterson signed a one-year deal with Minnesota this offseason after spending the first 10 campaigns of his career in Arizona. So, he’s new to the “Skol” chant, a relatively new tradition performed by Vikings fans before the fourth quarter of every game played at U.S. Bank Stadium. Peterson tweeted a video of the “Skol” chant, writing, “I think I found my new alarm clock tone.” Yep, that’ll wake anyone up. The last time the Skol chant was performed at U.S. Bank Stadium with fans in the stands? Dec. 29, 2019. Minnesota’s 2021 home opener (scheduled for Sept. 26 vs. Seattle) can’t get here soon enough.
No, Sheldon Richardson won’t be wearing No. 9 this year
Fans were delighted when the Vikings' front office somehow found cap space to bring back Richardson, a former Pro Bowl defensive tackle who spent 2018 in Minnesota before playing for Cleveland the past two seasons. To make room on the roster, the Vikings released former LSU punter Zach Von Rosenberg. Richardson, who wore No. 93 with Minnesota in ’18, was spotted in a No. 9 jersey at practice. Even with the NFL’s new uniform number policy this year, which allows certain positions more flexibility in their jersey choices, Richardson won’t be donning the No. 9. He was only wearing it because that number belonged to Von Rosenberg, and it was available on short notice. Unfortunately, defensive linemen can only choose between the numbers 50-79 and 90-99. All three of the digits Richardson has sported over his eight-year career are currently taken: 91 (Stephen Weatherly), 93 (Patrick Jones II) and 98 (D.J. Wonnum), so the veteran might need to get creative when training camp rolls around.
“The Griddy” will be back in 2021
Minnesota fans weren’t able to witness receiver Justin Jefferson’s viral “Griddy” dance in person last fall. Well, good news: It’s not going anywhere. The rising star turned 22 years old Wednesday, and his teammates wished him a happy birthday by doing their own version of the “Griddy” between drills at minicamp. Now, we couldn’t find any video evidence of this, but ESPN reporter Courtney Cronin said Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass in an 11-on-11 drill and waltzed into the end zone while performing the “Griddy.” According to Cronin, “his form has improved considerably since last season.” Well, there was nowhere to go but up from here:
No drama on this side of the river
A big talker all offseason was whether or not pass-rushing phenom Danielle Hunter would be back in purple in 2021. Although he was still under contract, Hunter wasn’t happy with his deal, as he played so well in 2018 and ’19 the five-year contract worth $72 million he signed three seasons ago now seemed cheap based on his talent level. The Vikings' front office didn’t fret. Hunter agreed to restructure his contract, and he was in the facility when minicamp began Tuesday. It’d be an absolute shame to have a star player holding out during the offseason. Looking at you, Green Bay.
Kevin Williams’ nickname was “Big Ticket”?!
A five-time All-Pro defensive tackle for the Vikings from 2003-13, Williams was named a 2021 Vikings “Ring of Honor” inductee while visiting the practice facility Wednesday. After the news broke, former teammates Steve Hutchinson and Ben Leber both tweeted their congratulations to Williams, and both used the nickname “Ticket” or “Big Ticket” in their posts. We had no idea one-half of the “Williams Wall” who terrorized NFC North offenses for a decade shared a nickname with fellow Minnesota legend Kevin Garnett. You truly learn something new every day.