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Football is back — or at least preseason games.

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With that comes the inundation of statistics who ran for how many yards Rashod Hill Jersey Black Friday , in what round was player drafted, what were a player stats in college and so on.More Vikings coverageVikings coordinators: Defending Brees, Holton Hill’s role, a Minneapolis Miracle story and moreWATCH: The second annual Minnesota Sports AwardsVikings welcome Everson Griffen back to practiceVikings captain Griffen returns to team activitiesVikings Snap Counts: Rookie Hill shines with Rhodes ailingSince you l be getting enough football stats about the Minnesota Vikings to fill any void you might have, we thought we take a look at the lighter side of things.We scoured through the Vikings media guide and came up with some different and interesting facts about a number of players. While your friends are dishing out Kirk Cousins‘ passing yards, you can enlighten them on which player appeared in a “Sharknado” movie, who is a published author, who was inducted into a Hall of Fame this past offseason and much more.(And if you’re saying, hey, you’ve done this before. Well, yeah, we did both in 2016 and 2017. But not one fact from those editions appear in this year’s. So read on and get even more knowledge!)Read on, enjoy and be prepared to dazzle your buddies with your inside knowledge of Vikings players.Mackensie Alexander: Born to Haitian immigrants in South Florida who picked tomatoes and oranges to provide for the family.Josh Andrews: Known as “Juice” during his career at Oregon State.Ade Aruna: Moved to the United States in 2010 from Nigeria to play basketball. Competed in soccer, judo and gymnastics in Nigeria before coming to America.Anthony Barr: Father , Tony Brooks, was a fourth-round draft pick (RB) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992 out of Notre Dame. Has 3 uncles who also played in the NFL.Blake Bell: Earned the nickname the “Belldozer” in college after being featured in packages specifically designed to take advantage of his ability to produce in goal-line and short-yardage situations.Tashawn Bower: Vikings teammate Danielle Hunter hosted Bower on his collegiate visit to LSU.Tom Compton: Had a part in the movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” playing the role of a reporter stationed in front of the White House.Tyler Conklin: Played basketball for Division II Northwood University for one year before transferring to Central Michigan to play football.Kirk Cousins: Published his first book, Game Changers: Faith, Football, & Finding Your Way, in 2013.Stefon Diggs: Going back to school in the offseason to complete his degree in African American studies with a minor in communications, he is two semesters shy of earning his degree.Pat Elflein: Boyhood friend and high school classmate in Pickerington, Ohio of former Michigan tight end and fellow 2017 NFL draftee Jake Butt (Denver), who was roommates with Vikings 2017 fourth-round pick linebacker Ben Gedeon while at Michigan.Anthony Harris: Supports and mentors an AAU girls basketball team, Team Loaded, and owns a Cyrotherapy business in Richmond, Va.Caleb Jones: Father, Robert, and uncle Laquon Treadwell Color Rush Jersey , Jeff Blake, played a combined 270 games in the NFL. His brother, Zay, is a wide receiver for Buffalo.Jayron Kearse: Nephew of former NFL standout defensive end Jevon Kearse and a cousin of former NFL cornerback Phillip Buchanon.Cedric Lang: Played four years of basketball at UTEP and used his fifth year of eligibility to play football.David Morgan: Aspires to a career in high school coaching.Latavius Murray: Got engaged during the 2018 offseason to Shauntay Skanes, who is currently enlisted in the Navy. Also participated in the NFL’s 2018 USO Tour throughout Italy and Germany.Terence Newman: Inducted into the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.Ifeadi Odenigbo: Is the first member of his family born in the United States; his parents emigrated from Nigeria. He did not play football until 10th grade.Reilly Reiff: As a high school wrestler had a 121-1 record and won three state titles.Horace Richardson: Aspires to a career with the Environmental Protection Agency after his playing career.Brian Robison: Has fished in pro-am tournaments during his offseasons and competes in the Texas Team Trail Bass Championships.Andrew Sendejo: Plays guitar and piano.Marcus Sherels: Aspires to attend law school after his playing career.Trevor Siemian: Became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs in first career road start (at Cincinnati, Sept. 26, 2016).Kyle Sloter: Had a job offer with Ashford Advisors, a financial company in his hometown of Atlanta before deciding to pursue a career in the NFL.Jack Tocho: Son of Kenyan immigrants, he has traveled to Africa several times.Trae Waynes: Has been friends since his youth with Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.Eric Wilson: Enjoys skateboarding in his free time.Kendall Wright: Played on Baylor’s basketball team as a freshman. EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have completed their plan to turn over their kicking duties to rookie Daniel Carlson, releasing veteran Kai Forbath with two weeks remaining in the preseason.For all the training camp drills and exhibition game extra points the Vikings can give Carlson, there’s no way for him to experience the pressure and scrutiny that comes with the job on a championship-chasing team.More Vikings coverageVikings coordinators: Defending Brees, Holton Hill’s role Linval Joseph Jersey , a Minneapolis Miracle story and moreWATCH: The second annual Minnesota Sports AwardsVikings welcome Everson Griffen back to practiceVikings captain Griffen returns to team activitiesVikings Snap Counts: Rookie Hill shines with Rhodes ailingFor all the calm the Southeastern Conference’s all-time scoring leader has exhibited around Vikings headquarters since they drafted him out of Auburn in the fifth round in April, there’s no way for them to know how he’ll handle the enormous responsibility until September.“We’ll just see how it goes,” coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday after Forbath was let go. “You make your decision, and you live with it.”Forbath took both field goal tries in Minnesota’s exhibition game on Saturday against Jacksonville and missed one when it hit the right upright. In 25 games with the Vikings, including the playoffs, Forbath made 48 of 56 extra points and 50 of 57 field goals.He stabilized the position when a struggling Blair Walsh left it in disarray midway through the 2016 season and made his share of clutch kicks, but the 30-year-old never quite found enough of a groove to gain the team’s full trust.The Vikings were looking for more depth on their kickoffs as well as consistency on field goals and extra points, and the 6-foot-5 Carlson has the stronger leg.“At the end of the day it’s who can make the important kicks and who the team has confidence in, so I feel really good that the coaches and the staff have entrusted me with that confidence,” Carlson said.He was quick to credit Forbath for his class in handling a dynamic that could’ve been awkward from the day the Vikings took Carlson with the 167th overall selection. Forbath has kicked for three NFL teams, mostly with Washington.7View Gallery Gallery:Upon Further Review: Vikings vs. JaguarsBrace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports | Brace Hemmelgarn“Kai’s given me a run for my money, and he’s had a lot of success here and elsewhere. So it was a great competition,” Carlson said, adding: “I wish him nothing but the best Jarius Wright Jersey Black Friday , but I’m excited to be staying around here and get ready for the real work.”The Vikings invested a sixth-round draft pick in Walsh in 2012 and watched him become an All-Pro as a rookie. He never repeated that performance, though, and four seasons later the team had no choice but to start fresh. Now they’re counting on not having to make any more changes with the role for many years.“Every kick’s a pressure kick, and you know your job is going to be on the line and it’s probably going to be decided on a few different kicks,” Carlson said, adding: “You want to be on a winning team. … I’m just going to take that and run with it.”The game on Saturday was particularly painful for the bottom of the roster, with five players injured and needing assistance off the field. Defensive end Ade Aruna (right knee) was placed on injured reserve on Monday. Offensive lineman Cedrick Lang (right leg) and fullback Johnny Stanton (left leg) were waived with an injured designation, meaning they must clear waivers before being placed on injured reserve. Tight end Josiah Price (right knee) was also waived-injured, after getting hurt in practice last week. The Vikings signed two players to fill open spots, including fullback Kobe McCrary, who played in college at Minnesota.