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Joe Banyard, rattlesnake hunter

Joe Banyard (Dale Schneider/Viking Update)

Vikings running back Joe Banyard is on the roster bubble, but he's been in more precarious positions in life, like when he's catching rattlesnakes. The activity is part of the fabric of his hometown.

Joe Banyard is hoping to avoid the sting of "The Turk" next week, but there is another bite he has been able to avoid longer in life. Banyard is an avid hunter … of rattlesnakes. The venom has never gotten into his bloodstream, but the lure of the pastime sure has. "We're a small town (less than 12,000). We're pretty known for windmills and rattlesnakes. That's all we do," Banyard said. The...

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