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Jared Allen Ready For A Big Season

August 15, 2011 by Nick in Off Season Training, PLAYER NEWS

Jared Allen doesn’t have the mullet anymore. He’s married now, further removed from the wild lifestyle that used to get him in trouble. His wife is expecting a baby in November, another step toward settling down.

The offseason was spent mostly working out, focusing on his mixed martial arts routine, and relaxing at home rather than traveling the world as he’s done in the past. Oh, there was a family reunion to attend, and he made time for a bear-hunting trip, but this was a scaled-back summer for the Minnesota defensive end, for sure.

“My wife and I decided we wanted to spend time at home, so that’s all we did,” Allen said. “It was nice to have a full offseason with my trainers and really get after it.”

Allen, who said he dropped about 5 pounds, scoffed at the suggestion, however, that this is the tame version of the man whose 83 sacks since entering the NFL in 2004 are the most by any player during that span.

“I think every year I have to prove something. I don’t ever think I’ve arrived,” Allen said. “Last year being 6-10 was terrible. I’m always eager for something to motivate me.”

MNVIKINGSBLOG.COM ANALYSIS:
The entire Minnesota Vikings had a down season.  Blame it on Childress, Favre, or team injuries but it doesn’t matter.  6 – 10 and being last in the division a lone should be enough motivation to dominate this season.  On top of that we have the ability to not only play, but beat the Superbowl champs TWICE this year.  With a lot of high expectations last season its nice to finally fly under the radar again this season.  It starts with the Veterans like Jared Allen and goes down to the rookies.  Everyone needs to step it up if the Viking want to do well this season! SKOL VIKES!
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