This week we head to Minnesota to face the Vikings in Minneapolis where I grew up and first played football as a child. It’s always special for me to head back to my hometown and compete against the Vikings. Heading into MN we are hungry for a win.
I can't believe I've been playing football for over 20 years. Ever since I first started playing football as a young child at King Park in South Minneapolis, I have had a passion for the game. The teamwork, the camaraderie and the intense physical competition make it an exciting game to play. The longer I play football, the more I understand the importance of using the right fundamentals and ensuring I'm wearing the proper protective equipment.
I want to say a big thank you to Riddell for very generously teaming up with me to donate protective equipment to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's football programs, the same youth football program where I got my start over twenty years ago. I was looking into making a donation of protective equipment to the program where I got my start and Riddell generously joined me in making the donation.
As a result of the donation Riddell and I have teamed up to make, 1,000 Minneapolis youth ages 10-14 will be outfitted with new, state-of-the-art head protection from the industry leader, Riddell. These kids will have access to the same technology used at football's elite level.
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The Minneapolis Park Board operates 49 year-round, neighborhood-based Rec Centers with full- and part-time staff committed to providing quality recreation opportunities and programs. Minneapolis has over 180 parks covering over 6744 acres of land and lakes, with facilities that include basketball courts, football, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, golf courses and 50 miles of paved trails