Greenway was named the Vikings’ Man of the Yr the previous three seasons; on Thursday, Rudolph gained the dignity for the 2017 season. Rudolph can be thought-about for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Yr award, which might be introduced Feb. three, the night time earlier than Tremendous Bowl LII at U.S. Financial institution Stadium.
“It is very humbling,” Rudolph stated. “You take a look at the listing of men which might be previous winners. It is an excellent honor.”
Rudolph has labored with the College of Minnesota Masonic Youngsters’s Hospital since becoming a member of the Vikings as a rookie in 2011. Earlier this yr, “Kyle Rudolph’s Finish Zone” was established with a donation of $250,000 from Rudolph and his spouse, Jordan.
On Thursday, “Kyle Rudolph’s Finish Zone” acquired a examine for $50,000 by way of the NFL Basis and the league’s partnership with United Method.
“It begins from the highest down on this group with what the Wilf (possession) household does, not solely right here within the Twin Cities however everywhere in the nation,” Rudolph stated. “And you then take a look at the Minnesota Vikings basis and what they do, Coach (Mike) Zimmer and his basis. I am simply making an attempt to maintain up with these guys. They set an ideal instance for us as gamers on tips on how to be males on this group.
“And I have been lucky to have a whole lot of nice older (gamers) round me—Chad, (former guard) Steve Hutchinson, (former Vikings middle) John Sullivan—which have type of gotten me into the path of serving to this group out.”
Greenway retired final season after an eleven-yr profession that included being named Man of the Yr 4 occasions.
SEEKING BETTER RETURNS
In every of the previous two seasons, the Vikings had three kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns. They’ve none this yr.
One purpose has been the departure of prime kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson. However Marcus Sherels, who had three punt returns for touchdowns over the earlier two seasons, has been unable to succeed in the top zone.
Sherels has been returning each punts and kickoffs. His punt-return common of 10.2 yards is down from thirteen.9 final yr. His kickoff return common of 24.eight is down from his profession mark of 26.1 getting into the season.
“We have simply acquired to take the identical strategy, attempt to get higher and maintain enhancing,” Sherels stated.
Sherels has an extended punt return of forty six yards in 21 makes an attempt. His lengthy on a kickoff return has been 32 yards on eight tries.
Minnesota’s longest kickoff return all season has been 39 yards by Jerick McKinnon, who had 12 makes an attempt earlier than Sherels took over the job. The Vikings have had 21 general makes an attempt, a…