Vikings remember Korey Stringer 10 years after his death
The Minnesota Vikings had a moment of silence at midfield Monday before their first practice of training camp in order to pay respect to Korey Stringer.
The talented offensive lineman died of complications from a heat stroke 10 years ago Monday at training camp in Mankato, Minn., during a brutal heat wave that gripped the upper Midwest.
Tight end Jim Kleinsasser is the only remaining Viking who was on that team and he addressed teammates about Stringer, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“It's good to talk to the guys who didn't know him and tell them what he was like as a player, as a person," Kleinsasser said. "I sat down with (guard Steve Hutchinson) ast night and was telling him stories. Korey would have loved having him play on the line with him.
“We have Korey's locker (behind glass) back at Winter Park. So guys see that as well. Maybe me talking to them will make it mean a little more when they walk past it."
Stringer’s No. 77 is painted on the practice field at Mankato. His death serves as a reminder that practices in the heat that has swept across the nation this summer can be dangerous. Hopefully, football teams from the NFL on down continue to take necessary precautions.
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