There has been a movement in Minnesota for some time to have former Vikings linebacker Matt Blair considered for the Hall of Fame.
Now, six-time Pro Bowl performer will be honored by the team.
The Vikings announced today that Blair will become the 20th individual to be inducted into the club’s Ring of Honor at halftime of the Oct. 25 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Blair played on two Super Bowl teams and ranks second in franchise history with 1,452 tackles.
“Ring of Honor, I think is something that is very special,” Blair said. “On my mind? Oh yeah, it’s on your mind and I know that there will be a time where there is a chance, and this is my chance and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Was it a goal of his?
“When I wrote down goals that I wanted to do, before I retired I wanted to buy season tickets,” Blair said. “I bought eight tickets and I let my friends go. I said, when I retire I want to go sit and watch the game, and I did. It was something I wanted to do, sit there and be a part of it. It was something that was awesome and I am a fan now because you know why, I’ve been to two Super Bowls, the Vikings have been to four. I’m a fan because I want to cheer these guys on so we can win a Super Bowl. With the chances we’ve had and after you play the game and you lose, you want to win. I’m cheering these guys on and trying to help them out as much as I can.”
Now, he’ll be able to go to games and see his name in the stadium with other greats in Vikings history.
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