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Vikings' Rudolph supports 3M Open food drive, discusses atypical offseason

Chris Long
Updated: June 30, 2020 03:50 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 03:50 PM

In addition to being the Vikings All-Pro tight end, Kyle Rudolph is also a tournament ambassador for the 3M Open golf tournament.  Today, he appeared at 3M's Maplewood headquarters to help with a food and supplies drive.

Click the video box on this page to watch Kyle Rudolph discuss his involvement with the 3M Open and the food drive they put together, as well as football-related discussion on the team's recent independent workouts and virtual meetings, this year's similarities to the lockout-affected offseason in 2011, and his thoughts on Dalvin Cook's contract situation

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Tuesday's 3M Open food drive was in support of VEAP, a local basic needs organization whose programs include healthy foods, social services, housing stability and supportive services.

3M Open organizers had previously announced they'll continue their tradition of community and charity support despite the recent decision fans will not be allowed to attend this year's tournament that runs  July 23rd to 26th at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

Rudolph met with the media during the food drive to discuss the ongoing, atypical NFL offseason.

He said virtual meetings continue, and that the team benefitted from a few self-organized workouts they had at Woodbury High School.

Those workouts reminded Rudolph of the 2011 offseason. Team facilities were closed that summer due to a lockout during collective bargaining agreement negotiations.   At the time, then-Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder organized workouts so the team could get together in lieu of the usual offseason practice calendar.


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