Parkston’s Reiff Closer to home with Minnesota Vikings

Parkston's Reiff Closer to home with Minnesota Vikings

Riley Reiff cultivated a winning mentality at Parkston High School and the University of Iowa.

“I had good people mentor me throughout both and I’m awfully proud of both of those programs and I’m happy to be here.” Reiff says.

It’s an attitude that he’s taken through five NFL seasons, and something Riley knew he’d find with the Vikings.

“Yeah it’d be a good fit because I’m close to home, I know what kind of program they have. I grew up close, I know what kind of operation they run and I’m happy to be here.” Riley says.

The homecoming of Riley Reiff is a nice story but the Vikings need results on their offensive line. This was a unit that struggled to move the football last season ranking 32nd, dead last in the NFL, in rushing.

“Smart, veteran player that has a lot of physicality. I really like his demeanor. He’s going to try to hurt you if he can hurt you.” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer says.

That’s part of the reason Reiff enjoys the challenges of moving from right to left tackle or facing the Vikings talented defense in practice.

“I feel more comfortable at it. I’m ready to go and I get to practice against Everson and Hunter every day, so I’m excited.” Reiff says.

And why it seems the rest of Riley’s teammates…

“You can just tell by their attitude at the meeting room, when we come out here for walk through before practice, after practice, I think there’s been a level of focus probably a little bit higher than I’ve seen in the past with those guys.” Vikings QB Sam Bradford says.

….has developed the kind of attitude that could take them farther in 2017.

In Mankato, Zach Borg, KDLT Sports.

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