Vikings alum chime in on outdoor game

10:38 PM, Dec 15, 2010   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Cold is in the air, and so is a little nostalgia.

"This is fantastic, I'm on cloud nine," Bob Lurtsema says with a chuckle. "Benchwarmer" Bob played defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings from 1972 to 1976. "Outdoors is where football should be played."

All the signs indicate that the Vikings will play their first home football outdoors in 29 years.

Crews are working overtime to prepare TCF Bank Stadium as the site to host Chicago. The news has former players reminiscing about cold days before the Dome.

"You didn't wanna get hit and you didn't want to hit anyone either," says Paul Krause, a Vikings defensive back from 1968 to 1979. "But it was always to our advantage to play in the cold weather."

The timing of the change in venue seems to fit the festivities. The Vikings plan to honor its top 50 players of all time on Monday night and they might be doing it in single-digit temperatures.

"This will bring back hundreds of memories," says Lurtsema.

He says beating the bitter cold begins in your head.

"Bud Grant always said if you're mind is in the game you wont get cold, but once you start thinking about the cold you will be cold."


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