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Remembering Korey Stringer, 10 Years From Today.

August 1, 2011 by Nick in Game Changers, player awards
Opening Day of training camp is an exciting time in the NFL. Rookies trying to make the roster, veterans returning to old form, coaches shaping their team and fans in the stands create an environment that is unique to football and the NFL.

But the Vikings organization will carry a heavy heart on Opening Day this year. It was 10 years ago on August 1 that tragedy fell upon Vikings training camp, as offensive lineman Korey Stringer passed away from complications related to heat-induced illness. He was just 27 years old.

Beyond the fact that he was a skilled offensive lineman, Stringer was beloved by everyone from coaches to teammates to fans. Although he was an imposing blocker who battled nasty defensive linemen for a living, Stringer was a gentle giant off the field. He was charitable, kind and always approachable. In fact, the Twin Cities chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America award the “Korey Stringer Good Guy Award” each year to the Vikings player who is the most cooperative and has the best attitude with the media.

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Korey Stringers death was extremely saddening to both his teammates, the organization, and the fans.  Even though football is ‘just a sport’ Vikings fans develop connections with the players.  Too see someone of your ‘family’ pass away its extremely upsetting.  For the younger fans, Korey Stringer passed away from complications due to heat stroke.   The Vikings originally drafted Stringer in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft and was a phenomenal offensive lineman.   Stringer was named to the Pro-Bowl in what would become his final season.  R.I.P Korey Stringer.

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