Former Viking Jared Allen returns to Minnesota with new curling team (yes... curling!)

January 03, 2019 09:46 PM

When Jared Allen made a wager with a friend that he could make it to the Olympics, he set out to try to find a sport.

"After looking at the routes (to the Olympics), I figured this would be the least stress on my body and the most fun," the former Vikings defensive end said. "I called some buddies up and they were in so it's kinda like, 'Ok, let's go let's see what happens'."


Those friends who joined Allen to comprise the "All Pro Curling Team" are also former NFL players: 2-time All-Pro Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, Titans Pro Bowl offensive lineman Michael Roos and 3-time pro bowl Titans linebacker Keith Bullock.

Allen played for the Minnesota Vikings for six seasons between 2008-2013.  His 22 sacks in 2011 led the NFL and are a Vikings franchise record.

Click the video box on this page to see Jared Allen and his All Pro Curling Team compete in Blaine as they try to take a step toward Olympic qualification, also watch Allen discuss his decision to take up curling

They are in Blaine for this weekend's USA Men's Curling Challenge Round - one of several qualifying tournaments for the 2019 USA Curling National Championships.  The top four teams in Blaine this weekend advance.

Allen and his team will play at least three matches at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine.  More information - including the bracket and competition schedule - can be found here:

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