Biekert Retires
Greg Biekert
Greg Biekert

Posted May 6, 2004

Greg Biekert came to the Vikings under the wrong circumstances. He officially leaves the Vikings less than two years later with a legacy that is fitting of the man -- productive and emblematic of what an NFL player should be.

On Wednesday, a sad day in Vikings history came and went. Linebacker Greg Biekert announced his retirement from the game after 11 seasons -- nine with the Raiders and the last two with the Vikings.

The handwriting was on the wall a year ago when the Vikings had E.J. Henderson land in their laps in the second round. But, Biekert -- ever the professional -- accepted his role as mentor.

From ESPN to the Twin Cities media, Biekert's retirement has been viewed as an inevitable -- something not met with the reverence it should be. Biekert was a professional -- from start to finish.

In a league lacking for honest quotes when things are going bad, Biekert was a breath of fresh air -- and will be missed.

* Wednesday's final developmental practice before Friday's official start of minicamp was cut short by rain.
* The foot injury to Randy Moss may be more serious than the team is letting on. Moss has indicated he may not be 100 percent all season -- but Moss at 80 percent is better than most go-to guys at 100 percent.

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