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Vikings players take on coaching role in Special Olympics flag football games – Story

– Some Minnesota Vikings used their knowledge of the game on the field Tuesday, but this time they weren’t the ones playing.

The Vikings took on coaching roles for eight Special Olympics flag football teams at TCO Performance Center.

Vikings center Pat Elflein, long snapper Kevin McDermott, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, cornerback Mackensie Alexander, defensive end Stephen Weatherly, safety George Iloka, linebacker Eric Kendricks, fullback C.J. Ham and offensive tackle Brian O’Neill all were on hand for the games. 

Players say there was a fun and competitive energy on the field and they hope it’s something the athletes will remember for the rest of their lives.

“It was incredible just the scenery, the people, the kids – reminded me of when I was young again running out there with them,” said Alexander. “Trying to be competitive as you can see I got a little sweaty and I got into it with them and all of that so it was amazing, it was a great time.”

Flag football is put on by Special Olympics Minnesota as a Unified Sport meaning people with and without disabilities are able to compete on the same team.

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