Former Minnesota Vikings kicker, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, and the inventor of the Nerf football Fred Cox has died at the age of 80, according to an official team announcement.
Cox, who never missed a game over 15 seasons with the team, played for the Vikings from 1963-1977 and finished his career with 1,365 points, leading the Vikings in scoring for 11 consecutive seasons.
Cox went to four Super Bowls with the Vikings, all losing efforts, and won the final NFL Championship Game in 1969.
Cox retired ranking second all-time behind George Blanda in scoring.
“The Vikings mourn the loss of Fred Cox, one of our proudest legends and a member of the 50 Greatest Vikings,” the team said. “A respected teammate and friend, Fred’s football career as the Vikings all-time leading scorer set the stage for a life where he went on to achieve great things in business and in his community. Fred’s positive energy, strength in his faith and passion for life will be missed.”
Cox invented the Nerf football with his partner John Mattox back in 1972, while he was still playing with the Vikings, as effort to prevent leg injuries to kids.
“He had a great brain and was a great thinker,” Fran Tarkenton said, according to Vikings.com. “He was an intellect that I spent every morning with before we played a game. I spent more time with him than any other player. Fred was a special, special human being who will be missed.”
Following his career, Cox became a chiropractor in Minnesota.
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Vikings’ Kirk Cousins Apologizes to Adam Thielen for Misses
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is apologizing to Vikings’ wide receiver Adam Thielen for a number of misses during their Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
Thielen was a guest this week on Cousins’ weekly show “Under Center with Kirk Cousins” that airs on KFAN, which is the Vikings flagship radio station, in a conversation moderated by Minnesota Hall of Fame broadcaster Mark Rosen that brought up comments Thielen made after the game in which the wideout pointed out the need to complete deep-ball passes and execute plays in the passing game when the running game is lacking.
Cousins didn’t take offense.
“No, like he said, it’s reality,” Cousins said. “I really want to apologize to him because there’s too many opportunities where we could have hit him on Sunday, and postgame when I talk to the media, I always say until I watch the film, it’s hard for me to really give you a straight answer. Well, now it’s Tuesday night. I’ve watched the film. And the reality is there were opportunities for him.”
One play in particular, has stood out more than any other during the Week 4 tilt, when Cousins overthrew Thielen on a 3rd and 10 play towards the end of the 1st quarter in a play that likely would have resulted in a touchdown.
“He’s shown — No. 19’s shown — that he will make that play, and he’ll probably finish that play in the end zone and pull away from the defender,” Cousins said. “Adam’s not just a really good player or one of the best players on the Vikings. He’s one of the best players in the NFL, one of the best players in the world, period, regardless of position. We want to, we need to — and when I saw ‘we,’ really I mean I need to — get him more opportunities, get him the football.
“There’s a couple as I go back and watch it, a dagger, a corner post, a fade throw in the end zone where I can make it easier on him, give him opportunities. Yes, was the Bears’ front seven really good? Yes. Did they make plays on the back end occasionally? Yes. But I didn’t help things with giving him more opportunities. If we run the ball successfully, if we run the ball more consistently, so be it. But when we do take our shots or we have our chances, we’ve got to hit them. The reality was I didn’t, we didn’t, and that’s where I think you’re frustrated after a game, and you’re looking to improve going into the next week.”
“I look forward to giving him and Stefon [Diggs] more opportunities in the weeks ahead,” Cousins said.
Theilen went on to clarify his post-game comments.
“First of all, I think it’s interesting how media or fans take things that you say and make it what they want it to be,” Thielen said. “I don’t think I could say anything more generic that any offense would say. You can’t be one-dimensional in this league. It’s very, very, very difficult to win. If you listen to defensive coordinators talk, they want to make the offense one-dimensional, and that’s how they want to win.
“You have to hit deep balls, No. 1, because otherwise corners sit on you. You have to be able to run the football when you need to, and you have to be able to throw the football because like Kirk said, some games are going to dictate that you have to throw the ball to win, some games are going to dictate that you have to run the ball to win, and it doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you are doing the things you need to do to win. It was as general as I could’ve got, but obviously people will find a way to twist it and make controversy and try to split your team. We’re not going to let that happen.”
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Vikings’ Holton Hill Suspended
Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback Holton Hill has been hit with a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the leagues’s policy on substances of abuse, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hill, 22, made the Vikings roster as an undrafted free agent out of Texas and played in all 16 games for the team last season, finishing with 36 tackles and 1 interception.
Hill was hit with a four-game suspension back in April due to violating the league’s policy on PEDs.
NFC: What’s At Stake on Championship Sunday?
In the National Football League, today is known as championship Sunday. Back in August 32 teams had hopes and dreams of playing in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4. In the NFC, 16 teams started. Four are all that remain. Minnesota and Philadelphia. Before the game starts, here’s how they got here.
In the first four weeks of the regular season, they went 2-2. Then, they went on a nine-game winning streak. To close out the regular season, the Vikings won their final three games. Overall, the Vikings finished the 2017 regular season with a 13-3. The won the NFC North division and got a bye in the playoffs.
During Wildcard weekend, the Vikings watched as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers. Then in last weeks thrilling NFC Divisional game, the Saints traveled to Minnesota to face the Vikings. With 10 seconds left in the game, quarterback Case Keenum threw what is known as the Minnesota Maricle. Now, with one game away from not only hosting a Super Bowl but also playing in it, they must go through Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. As for most recent seasons, this is the first time the Vikings are in the NFC Championship game since the 2009 season.
In a tough NFC East division, it looked like Dallas was going to run away with the division title. But, it was the Eagles who stole that from them. Not only that but for being a 13-3 team, they earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage. Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Atlanta Falcons. Thanks to the Eagles defense, the Eagles have advanced to the 2017 NFC Championship game. This is the Eagles first championship game since the 2004 season.
My thoughts on the game are that I would like to see Minnesota be in the same Super Bowl considering they are hosting. Eagles deserve it too, but not as much as the Vikings.
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