Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson, who has made his off-season home in Tallahassee, Florida, plans to live in Athens, Georgia after the 2006 season. Brother-in-law Mark Richt, the Georgia football coach, is in Athens. After his playing career ends, Johnson said he may coach high school basketball or tutor players prior to the NFL draft.
Through his foundation Vikings fullback Tony Richardson is donating approximately 6,000 dictionaries to the third grade students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools.
The Vikings have the second best home record in the NFC dating back to 1996. The Packers have 61 wins, 20 losses while the Vikings are 58-23.
Pioneer Press columnist Charley Walters, 59, said he loves his work and plans to write for another 15 years. His many contacts include Vikings’ center Matt Birk. “He used to caddy for me, and now I have to wait in line to talk to him,” Walters joked.
The Wild have renewed 95% of their season tickets and capped season tickets at 16,500. Bill Roberston of the Wild front office reports there are 5,500 season ticket accounts. Most are individual accounts, not corporate, and account holders are evenly divided between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Wild have sold out every game in franchise history including pre-season.
The Timberwolves will host a free scrimmage open to the public at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 7 at Bresnan Arena in Mankato. A ticket is required for admission and tickets are available now at the Taylor Center on the Minnesota State Campus and US Bank locations in Mankato.
Former Gopher football player Norries Wilson has Columbia University off to a 1-0 start in his first season as coach, defeating Fordham last Saturday 37-7. Wilson spent three summers with NFL clubs in the 1990s as part of the NFL Fellowship Program. The program provides minority coaches with coaching experience at training camps. About 1,000 coaches have participated since the program’s inception in 1981.