Now or Never
August 17, 2010 9:32 PM
In our final report from training camp we talk about the Vikings chances to win a Super Bowl in a league that doesn't provide many opportunities.
It was just seven months ago that the New Orleans Saints stunned the Minnesota Vikings on their way to a Super Bowl title. As a new season begins, the Vikings say they've put that heartbreaking loss behind them.
"It's gone. It's done. I don't even think about it anymore," said linebacker and Vermillion native Ben Leber. "I don't try to use it as extra motivation. There's enough motivation just to go out there and compete and play for the next game."
The 2010 Vikings look a lot like the 2009 version. In fact if Brett Favre comes back the team will have all 22 starters from last year on the roster. Everyone is a year older though and with a potential work stoppage looming in 2011, the team's window to win may be closing.
"I think in the NFL there's always a sense of urgency," said linebacker and Mount Vernon native Chad Greenway. "You have to win to keep your job. You have to win to be successful. From the owner to the Head Coach to the players to the last guy on the roster."
The Vikings know they have the talent to win. They were so close to the Super Bowl last year and they feel like that experience will help them get over the hump.
"We're a pretty veteran group so we understand how it all works and we're just glad to be back together," said Leber.
"On paper we're supposed to be good," said Greenway. "But we'll see what happens. We're just gonna go out there and put our best foot forward and it starts here to just keep building."
Seven months ago the Vikings and their fans lost a heartbreaker. Now they get up and try again, building what they hope will be their first championship in the team's 50-year history.