Perhaps the most unexpectedly popular members of the group were linebackers Micah Kiser of Virginia, in Atlanta to accept the Campbell Award as the nation’s to scholar-athlete, and Courtney Love of Kentucky, winner of the Wuerffel Trophy as top community servant.
“Listen, I understand where the fans are coming from,” McAdoo said. “If I was on the outside looking in, I’d feel the same way they feel. You know Eli and I have a tremendous relationship. I think the world of him and it was hard for me emotionally. The beginning of the week, once you make a decision, you have to stick with it and I appreciate the way Eli handled things this week.”
For finding another venue for his trademark move on a breakaway — and for probably forcing another rule to be changed in his honor because of it — congrats to David Leggio, the best player in the world of the week.
The Vikings have averaged 26 points during their eight-game winning streak and gained at least 300 yards in all of those contests. Minnesota’s offense ranks No. 5 overall, putting the club on pace for its best finish since Brett Favre led the unit in 2009.
And the Vikings are doing this with a quarterback who isn’t exactly Pro Football Hall of Fame material himself.
A new GM makes things less certain, but I’d lean toward New York honoring the contract for one more season, especially since Vernon is young. That bounce-back year is a reasonable expectation.