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Vikings kicker/punter Vedvik travels unique path to the NFL

Updated: August 12, 2019 09:42 PM

It's within the realm of possibility that Kaare Vedvik becomes the Vikings everyday kicker and punter this season. That doesn't happen very often, but Vedvik is no stranger to breaking ground.

Vedvik grew up in Norway and did not start playing American football until high school. 

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"One year, they started airing the Super Bowl on TV, and I just remembered I watched and was like, “Wow, that looks amazing.” Vedvik said on Monday. "Growing up I was super passionate about sports and being active, and I just love to compete, have a passion for it. I played soccer growing up, mainly, and I did some track."

Vedvik spent a year in McPherson, Kansas during high school as a foreign exchange student.

"I tried out for the football team. Naturally they saw that I played soccer and I had ability to kick a football, so they asked me, “Hey, can you kick for us?” And I said, “Yeah, of course.” Throughout the games in Kansas, they said that they think that I had the chance to actually play at a higher level. At that point after a couple conversations with Scott [host parent], I made the choice to actually pursue it and see that I could back for college and actually play the sport and get an education out of it."

He ended up kicking and punting at Marshall University and the Vikings acquired him in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

"I believe in myself and I believe in what I’m capable of doing and that’s what I feed off of. For me, it’s about having fun. I go out there with a smile on my face and I love what I do. Through that I have fun, and I think through having fun you get confidence. It’s a blast, I’m happy to be here, it’s a beautiful area, I’m excited, and it’s a beautiful facility. And it’s Minnesota Vikings, a lot of Norwegian history here so, it’s going to be fun."

Vedvik will compete with kicker Dan Bailey and punter Matt Wile during training camp.

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