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Who is the real Dalvin Cook?

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Who is the real Dalvin Cook?

If you don’t believe in things like Football Gods or karma, you might have some difficulty explaining the timing of Dalvin Cook making his NFL debut on the same night that Randy Moss is inducted into the Minnesota Vikings’ Ring of Honor.

The rookie is beginning his first chapter of a potentially great career in the very building on the very day and at the very time that the legend will close his incredible odyssey in purple. It’s just too cosmically perfect to be coincidence. And that’s not even to mention that Adrian Peterson will be in the house.

Cook and Moss are bonded by a shared experience: Their other-worldly college careers were immediately followed by draft-day anguish. Cook was rated by some as the best running back in a historically good class, but slipped down the board to the second round over “character concerns,” just like Moss had 19 years earlier.

Back in June, Moss visited the Vikings’ facility for the first time since his ugly release in 2010. He casually strolled out of the Winter Park compound onto the sidelines wearing long jeans and a Vikings hoodie, embraced Sid Hartman and shouted hellos to Everson Griffen and D-line coach Andre Patterson. After practice Moss fielded questions about his most recent accolade. He could have simply said he was happy to be included, but instead, as Moss has a tendency to do, he spoke from a deep place.

“I really don’t know why I was treated the way I was treated on draft day,” the superstar said with a shaky voice, amid a soliloquy about his appreciation for former Vikings head coach Dennis Green.

That day, it became as clear as the glass windows on US Bank Stadium that Moss will never let go of the 1998 NFL draft.

All the things and all the people who ever hurt Moss fester in the fact that he fell to 21st overall. Growing up in poverty, enduring racism as a teenager, losing a scholarship to Florida State and spending time in an orange jump suit over a silly marijuana test – there’s a thousand wrongs housed in that draft.

As you might recall, Moss used his rage as rocket fuel and became a gravity-twisting force, dominating like the NFL had never seen before. But those same emotions also turned him into a one-man franchise wrecking ball, leaving ruins in Minnesota, Oakland, New England and Minnesota again.

Moss’s tale makes you wonder if Cook will follow the same path of frustrating excellence. But when you hold Cook up to Moss’s light, there are some similarities and some stark differences.

The biggest is that Dalvin Cook is not angry about the draft.

“I called him and told him that he has to understand, you’re an excellent player and right now your character is being crucified right here, but you’re doing everything the right way.” Telly Lockette.

If you watched 30 seconds of second-round draft coverage on April 28, you know all about Cook’s “character concerns.” Nobody was counting, but those words probably reached a triple-digit count on the NFL Network broadcast.

Sports Illustrated went into more detail, publishing a piece that outlined Cook’s background, his run-ins with the law and some of the people around him that might concern NFL teams.

Take, for example, Cook’s close friend and former teammate Da’Vante Phillips, who was raised by Cook’s grandmother after his own mother was murdered in a 2013 drive-by shooting. The name might sound familiar because he played a role in the altercation that ultimately landed Cook in front of a judge and jury, accused of assaulting a woman outside a bar. In early August, Phillips was suspended by Florida State’s football team because he’s facing felony charges for, among other things, grand theft.

People are complicated, so there’s no point in trying to judge whether Phillips is a good friend based on a rap sheet or headline, but their relationship is an example of one that might cause teams to look for answers. And they didn’t get those answers from Cook. At the NFL Combine, the 22-year-old running back had a chance to set the record straight, but did not tell teams what they wanted to hear. One person close to Cook said when teams asked about his inner circle, “He might have responded a little different than everyone thought he would.”

Dalvin Cook fell in the draft because teams were worried about his past Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

So the reality is: There was nothing untrue when you heard TV draft analysts discuss off-field worries about Cook. Just as there wasn’t anything untrue about Moss’s background back in ‘98.

But their reactions to the scrutiny were quite different. While Moss was deeply hurt, those close to Cook say that he doesn’t feel victimized by watching team after team pass on him.

They say you shouldn’t hold your breath on a tell-all Players’ Tribune piece about his draft-day drop. He won’t copycat Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas, who spent his first season watching a VHS tape of the draft before every game. (Thomas can still name all the running backs drafted before him, by the way.) He won’t be shrugging his shoulders like Jordan against the Blazers or saying things like Moss did a decade-plus later:

“Am I still mad at the Cowboys?” Moss said during a 2010 conference call with reporters. “Man, I always carry a certain chip on my shoulder for the Cowboys. Not as much [now], but I’m still ready to play some football. In a certain sense, yes, but you let bygones be bygones. But at the same time, I’ve still got that chip.”

Cook has simply moved on.

“I don’t think he lets that bother him,” said Telly Lockette, Cook’s high school coach at Miami Central High School. “He’s not that kid.”

Lockette, who is now the running back’s coach at Oregon State, remained in contact with Cook throughout his record-setting career at Florida State and talked to the Vikings’ running back during the draft process.

“I called him and told him that he has to understand, you’re an excellent player and right now your character is being crucified right here, but you’re doing everything the right way,” Lockette said.

Cook’s old ball coach is frustrated by the idea that his former player could be tagged with the “character concerns” label because it lacks empathy for Cook’s circumstances growing up (Which the SI article outlined). He didn’t have parents around and was raised in West Little River, Florida – a place where the average household income is under $30,000 and a crime rate nearly 70% above the national average.

“Everybody said the same thing about the kid, ‘His friends, his friends his friends,’ but you have to understand, sometimes they are growing up in a household… grandma was there but grandma isn’t going to watch and make sure who your friends are and things like that,” Lockette said. “So he got into some stuff early on, but those guys are still his friends. I can’t tell that kid, you need to stop, because those are your friends.”

Lockette’s biggest bugaboo is that Cook’s “character concerns” overshadowed the parts of his character that determine whether a football player is successful. From talking to nearly a dozen sources about Cook’s time in Minnesota, one persistent theme is that Cook’s character is actually the driving force behind his emergence as the Vikings’ No. 1 running back.

“When you hear some of these stories about these kids who come in and they’re out partying all night, spending all their money. He doesn’t do that. That’s what I like.” – Terence Newman

Terence Newman doesn’t give any answers without close consideration, so as he stood by the Vikings’ giant video machine near the practice field end zone, he repeated the question a few times before answering.

“What part of his game do I like most? What part of his game do I like most?”


“He’s a studier,” Newman said.

When Cook arrived at Winter Park, the Vikings placed his locker next to Newman’s. Not by accident, of course. And it didn’t take long for the rookie and 14-year veteran to build a relationship. Cook said in his first press conference that Newman was one of the players guiding him most and Newman quickly grew fond of Cook’s demeanor.

As a football mastercraftsman, Newman respects players who treat the NFL the same way a pianist treats classical music – as an art form that can never truly be perfected.

“You don’t see a lot of guys having that commitment, [studying] their playbooks and doing all that stuff,” Newman said. “You can just tell he’s a hungry kid.”

From the 39-year-old’s viewpoint, the idea of Cook having “character concerns” doesn’t compute. Players don’t think too much about each other’s past. It’s a mind-your-own-business league. Opinions of teammates are based far more on whether they help the team win than what they did back in Florida.

“I don’t know anything about his character issues,” Newman said. “But if you ask me who I think Cook is, I’ll tell you he’s a kid that comes to work every day, minds his business and does his job. Got his [headphones] on, sits at his locker, minds his own business, [when he] talks, he asks questions. You can’t get any better than that.”

Veteran Terence Newman has built a good relationship with Dalvin Cook.  Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

On the practice field, the two players have faced off in camp for six straight weeks during first-team offense vs. defense sessions, so Newman’s had plenty of opportunities to scout his understudy. What he’s seen is that being a studier is paying off for Cook.

“I know some people in the offense that, you come from other teams or you’re a rookie and the offense can be a little hectic,” Newman said. “I don’t ever see him in the huddle asking questions, he just lines up and does his job like everybody else. He’s out there pass protecting on some plays and that’s one of the hardest things for a rookie to do.”

Newman takes pride in his ability to read other players and figure out how to motivate them. He will often remind budding linebacker Eric Kendricks that people called him small at draft time and occasionally will wander up to star receiver Stefon Diggs before games and say, “Remember, you were a fifth-round pick.”

He isn’t taking that angle with Cook. Newman agreed with Lockette that Cook isn’t still fuming over the draft, so tweaking him about it wouldn’t do much good. Instead Newman is focused on giving the dynamic runner encouragement.

“I told Cook, I said, ‘Boy, you heavy.’ And he’s like, ‘What you mean? Like fat?’ And I was like ‘No, you run behind your pads, you know?’” Newman said proudly. “It’s me giving him a compliment, letting him know he’s doing well. I know it’s hard as a rookie. You have a coach who’s a bit stern at times, so it’s not a bad thing for a veteran guy to give a compliment. That means he’s been working his ass off, so for me it’s easy, he’s been a consummate professional…especially when you hear some of these stories about these kids who come in and they’re out partying all night, spending all their money. He doesn’t do that. That’s what I like.”

Vikings running backs’ coach Kennedy Polamalu, a welcoming, conversational man who has made a career out of molding young runners, has observed many of the same things about Cook’s presence. Polamalu says the upbringing that put Cook in bad situations may have also shaped his disposition.

“There’s a quietness to all of them, a humility,” Polamalu said of running backs he’s come across from tough parts of South Florida. “They don’t say much. When they’re around their friends, they let loose a little more, but when they’re around adults, they kind of keep to themselves. Maybe it’s a trust issue.”

In the SI piece, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher had a haunting quote about players who emerge from places like West Little River.

“For the majority of these guys, coming from a poverty-stricken area,” Fisher told author Robert Klemko, “it’s survival of the fittest. If you make a mistake, you end up dead or hurt.”

Randy Moss was not as quiet with the media as Cook has been, but he admitted to lacking trust in people and admitted during his June press conference that he wished he’d been more involved with the team rather than keeping to himself. In 2004, Vikings former head coach Mike Tice said of Moss:  

“He doesn’t trust authority and he doesn’t trust adults because he thinks they all want something from him. And you know what? He’s not far off.”

What you’d give to overhear the pregame conversation between Moss and Cook…

“We all need each other. It’s going to be a great season for us, a fun season, we are building a relationship that’s going to last forever.” – Dalvin Cook

Telly Lockette couldn’t wait to tell his favorite Dalvin Cook story.

“We got back to State [Championship] his sophomore year, we lost, and he made a statement that sticks with me today. He said, ‘We won’t lose again,’” Lockette said. “He led the team and he took the bull by the horns. In workouts that January and February, he was the leader and we never looked back.”

Cook’s three years of high school football would put your Madden ‘18 stats to shame.  He rushed for 4,267 yards with 64 touchdowns and Miami Central went 52-5. As a senior he gained nearly 2,000 yards and averaged 11.0 yards per carry.  He was a five-star recruit and one of Florida’s top sprinters, to boot.

It’s amazing how much we change in adulthood but carry the same personalities we had at a very young age. The attitude that has impressed NFL coaches and veterans was present in Cook as an adolescent.

“He was real spongy,” Lockette said. “He wanted to learn. He had all the tools and he just needed to tweak certain things and once he started understanding football.”

Lockette has another Dalvin Cook tale he likes to share. Cook’s numbers in high school would have been even more absurd if he hadn’t shared the backfield with Joe Yearby, who went on to start at Miami. The former Miami Central coach loves telling folks about the time Cook refused a chance to take his turn in the backfield one game because Yearby was on fire and, in his estimation, gave the team a better chance to win.

Telly Lockette coached Dalvin Cook at Miami Central High School

It’s amazing how many things from your childhood come back around as an adult. Cook may have to now be unselfish as an NFL’er as he was in high school.

After the Vikings’ third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, Cook and Pro Bowl running back Latavius Murray jeered each other during post-game comments.

“Follow Latavius on Instagram, y’all, he needs some followers,” Cook called out.

“Oh no, follow Dalvin Cook,” Murray said back.

You know, millennial jokes.

The situation between Cook and Murray had the potential to be pretty awkward. When the Vikings decided it was time to move on from Adrian Peterson, they signed a more capable all-around back in Murray, who is known for his smarts, pass-catching skill and proficiency in pass protection.

But the Vikings couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pick Cook when he slid to the second round. According to Pro Football Focus’s draft data, Cook picked up more yards than any other running back after contact and was No. 2 in the nation in PFF’s “Elusive Rating,” which combines a player’s yards with broken tackles and yards after contact. Not to mention that Florida State occasionally lined him up as a wide receiver.

It was assumed that Murray would be the starter and Cook would have to carve out a role in the offense. But when the former Oakland Raider, who signed a three-year, $15 million dollar contract with the Vikings, didn’t return from ankle surgery as quickly as expected, Cook took all the first-team reps and practice and won the No. 1 job before Murray even stepped on the field.

Just like at Miami Central, the running backs have become close.

“We all need each other,” Cook said. “It’s going to be a great season for us, a fun season, we are building a relationship that’s going to last forever. The relationship that we’re building in that room is transferring to the field. Having fun on the field and enjoying the moment.”

How the situation plays out when actual playing time is on the line is yet to be seen. There’s a chance that Cook could start out sharing the backfield, but end up owning it.

Quarterback Sam Bradford called it “more uncommon than common” to see a rookie pick up an NFL offense as fast as Cook has, which may leave no gaps that would require Murray to fill in.

“When you’re young, you’re thinking a lot, there’s a lot going on, sometimes the speed gets to you, but for him, it’s been really seamless,” Bradford said. “We put a play in, we put a protection in, we put a scheme in, and it’s like he’s got it.”

Even Murray admitted having the same observation about Cook’s understanding of the Vikings’ system.  

“He’s grasped the offense very well, and fast,” Murray said. “He’s able to go out there and play fast. That’s really hard to do for anybody that’s transitioning to the NFL.”

In Cook’s first preseason game, he ran five times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 30. A few days later against Seattle, his burst was on display, gaining 40 yards on just seven carries, including two 9-yard rushes and a 15-yard explosion on the same drive.

The preseason hype has been slowly growing. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper picked Cook as his Rookie of the Year and anyone who covers the team has been asked umpteen times whether to pick No. 33 on their fantasy team.

Polamalu wants to pump the brakes a bit.

“He still has a lot of work to do,” the running back’s coach said. “The preseason doesn’t say anything. It gets more exotic, as I tell him, it happens a lot faster. When the regular season comes, it’s a whole other speed. When it gets to the playoffs, it goes to a hyper speed. I think he’s ready for it because he wants to improve every day and he wants to do the right things every day.”

But Vikings fans have seen this movie before and it’s got a pretty great intro. Moss caught 69 passes for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first year and Adrian Peterson gained 1,341 yards rushing at 5.6 yards per carry in his debut season. Both players won Rookie of the Year.

“I told him, ‘Coach, you’re not going to regret this.’” – Randy Moss

Three words will haunt GM Rick Spielman if Dalvin Cook ever gets in trouble again.

“He told me.”

On the morning of the second round, Spielman called Cook and talked for 45 minutes, going through all the details of his past, addressing all the concerns about his character. Spielman walked away from the conversation convinced that, in the right situation, Cook could avoid any further personal problems.                            

At the lectern, the Vikings’ GM was asked how he could be sure that only sunny days were ahead.

“He told me, and I believed him,” Spielman answered. “I think he has probably woken up a little bit about how important football is, and I truly believe that he is on a mission coming up here and is going to be a great football player for us. And I do believe, honestly, that we do trust him and that he will do all the right things.”

GM Rick Spielman drafted Dalvin Cook

Cook is lucky that he’s valuable because the team is doing everything they can to insure against further incidents by building a support system. Putting him next to Newman was Part 1. They moved Teddy Bridgewater’s locker near Cook’s, too. Bridgewater also grew up in similar surroundings in South Florida. Running back Jerick McKinnon said he spent time with Cook outside of the facility during OTAs.

“I know on our team, he knows Xavier (Rhodes), he knows Teddy (Bridgewater), so he knows some very quality people up here, and I think [he’s in a good situation] with our locker room, with the support staff we have in place here,” Spielman said.

People outside the Vikings also understand that it takes a village.

“All I can do is try to preach and instill in his head, you’re being watched, you have a microscope on you, make sure you do the right thing,” Lockett said. “And then pray he does the right thing.”

Cook’s agent Zac Hiller said that one of his goals is to help the young runner use his platform to give back to people who come from difficult situations. In order to do that, he has to avoid creating any unrest in his own life.

“All he wants to do is give back, he loves working with kids,” Hiller said. “ So it’s putting him in situations to remind him that there’s a bigger purpose for what he’s doing. He has a platform that we’re constantly talking about how he can utilize to better society. Every day we talk about that.”

Hiller said he sees Newman’s presence as key to Cook’s adjustment into NFL life.

“If you show Dalvin that something works, he buys in and he trusts the process,” Hiller said. “Terence Newman is a walking success. He’s survived in this league that you’re not supposed to survive in for this many years. ‘I gotta keep my eyes on this guy because it’s no different.’ Whatever process Terence followed, clearly it’s worked. That’s Dalvin’s mindset.”

Here’s where Moss and Cook have something in common.

For every success story from West Little River, Florida or Rand, West Virginia, there are thousands who didn’t make it. For every player with “character issues” who turned into Moss, there were a thousand who turned into Karlos Williams.



Moss and Cook had/have support. Many of the ones who fail either don’t have it or don’t accept it. For Cook, there’s a group that believes in him led by Newman. For Moss, it was Dennis Green – who might have been the only person on earth he was willing to follow.

On that day in June, Moss fought back tears when he was asked what he would say about his latest honor to Green, who passed away in July 2016.

“Coach Green gave me an opportunity, man. I told him, ‘Coach, you’re not going to regret this.’ So, you ask me what I would say to him? Man, I’d probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug,” Moss said. “Man, it’s no words that I could tell him. The man passed away without me really, really giving him my love and thanks for what he was able to do for me and my family, man.”

“Everybody’s different.” – Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer can tell you so much with only a few words.

“Everybody’s different.”

That was all Zimmer wanted to say about the rarity of Dalvin Cook’s speedy adaptation to the NFL game.

It appeared to be the intention of the Vikings’ head coach to avoid any type of hyperbole or added pressure, but Zimmer’s response carried so much more truth than that.

You can compare him to Le’Veon Bell because of his patience or his all-around skill set to Jamaal Charles or his elusiveness to LeSean McCoy or his character concerns to Randy Moss, but Dalvin Cook will only be Dalvin Cook.

The only one that controls whether he translates a good offseason into stardom is Cook. And the only one who dictates whether he avoids further trouble off the field is Cook.

Nobody else.

The road doesn’t get easier from here, it gets harder. More fame also means more people looking to latch on. It means more people in public with cell phone videos. It means you’re no longer a regional star, you’re a national star and the whole world is looking for clicks and views. Success makes it harder to stay hungry.

But Cook has the talent to someday end up with his number in the Ring of Honor.

And even if he isn’t out to prove the world wrong, there isn’t better motivation in the world than witnessing Moss’s ceremony before taking the field on opening night.

  • Brent


  • Gordon Guffey

    I’m really excited to watch him play and develop ~ Very high hope of him being the Vikings first complete starting RB in the last 10 years ~ However I wouldn’t rule out Murray getting his share of playing time also ~ Being as Cooks backup of course ~

    • B. A. Barakas

      You sound like an uninformed idiot..,

      • B. A. Barakas

        I didn’t make an excuse for anyone, I stated a fact…you sound like an uninformed idiot…and you just confirmed I was right…

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    • Gordon Guffey

      Please keep posting ~ It will remind most of us that we are not as crazy and unforgiving as we might have thought we once were ~ LOL ~ Some of you haters crack me up ~

      You can not be a popular god ((( little g ))) seeing how most people believe in second chances unless some one is a child molesterabuser~murder or just robing people or anything else where the person has been charged and proven guilty ~

      By the way Cook was none of those nor was he charged or proven guilty ~ A god would know this ~ Shouldn’t he ~ LOL

      • Based God

        You are just a despicable person. Have fun cheering for your beater of women.

        • Gordon Guffey

          Keep posting ~ Please ~ LOL ~ Unforgiving god ~

        • Gordon Guffey

          Did you feel the same way about AP after he beat his kid ~ You know where there were real facts and he was charged ~ ??? There was never anything but the clam of some woman ((( sorry dont remember her name ))) against Cook and there were no facts to back that up her statement and thats the reason he wasn’t charged ~ Been a lot of gold diggers coming out of the wood work lately ~ Maybe ~ Just maybe Cook was the real victim ~

          One would think that even a Based god would know all the real facts before anyone else would ~ Guess not ~ Smiley Face 🙂

    • IrreverentOne

      I knew, after reading your first post, that you are, and always will be, nothing but a troll.Terms that we all can use to describe you are: 1] Immature 2] Conceited 3] Vain 4] Self-important 5] Arrogant 6 ]Narcissistic 7] Egotistical and 8] Childish. Your use of the word God in your screen name tells it all.

      • Based God

        You are such a bad person it makes you angry when a guy makes fun of a criminal that beats up women because that criminal plays on a football team you like. Terms that describe a guy like you: 1) Misogynist 2) Virgin 3) Jock Sniffer

  • Cornbread

    “But those same emotions also turned him into a one-man franchise wrecking ball, leaving ruins in Minnesota, Oakland, New England and Minnesota again”.
    ANY of the failures by those teams should never be attributed to a single player. Name the team and year Moss played for them, and I’ll give you ten different reasons that team failed, having nothing to do with Moss. Football is a team sport, you win as a team, you lose as a team…unless you’re a MN sports reporter writing about Randy Moss.

  • Jeeves

    Read the article I referenced. If you’re too insecure to allow yourself access to new information you will always be less than wise. The choice is yours.

    • Jeeves

      Why do you debase God?

      • Chip Toof

        They’re crawling out of the woodwork these days. SsCTT got tossed out at you know where. I’m still “shadow banned” there.

        • Jeeves

          Hey Chip. I would like to think my grassroots campaign had something to do with it, but I doubt it.

      • Based God

        lol You are so old and lame. You will die soon grandpa. lol.

        • Jeeves

          You still haven’t told me why you debase God.

          • Based God

            I am God and you are going to hell for supporting a woman beater.

          • Jeeves

            No, you are DOG! Evidently you are dyslexic as well.

          • Based God

            Keep talking to God like that and see what happens stupid. Heaven doesn’t open to woman beaters and their fans.

          • Jeeves

            I’m sure that The Almighty is excited as hell to have you as a spokesperson.
            I would know GItchie Manitou when he speaks. You, Basset Dog, are no Great Spirit.

          • Jeeves

            If you believed in hell you wouldn’t be the decadent character you strive to be.

          • Wilbur One

            If Mr Rogers were alive today, he would say: “Can you say delusional”?

  • linus

    I sympathize with your emotions; my older sister’s first husband used to beat the cr@p out of her, and there have been many times I would have liked to see him skewered. But now that you’ve expressed your righteous fury, tell me, what do you think should happen, given that the case stemming from the incident that happened while Cook was at FSU will not be pursued? Should he be imprisoned anyway? Even without a trial? Executed? Or just barred from earning a living at the thing he does best?

    • B. A. Barakas

      I don’t think Fox is going to fire Chris Spielman for anything you just said…leave the guy alone…all he’s trying to do is be the best TV analyst he can be…

    • Scott Myhre

      First off, I would suggest you get some help with your anger problem. Secondly, I would suggest that you quit reading the articles that bother you so much and spur this anger. Lastly, I would go over to the Packer site where everything is wine and roses and leave us to our sick disgusting desire to support this “God” awful site and it’s devil writer!

      • Based God

        I’m a lifelong Vikings fan. I’m just not a scumbag who cheers for woman beaters.

        • Jeeves

          No you’re just a scumbag who debases God, judges others continuously and exaggerates to make a point…and perhaps helps to increase clicks on a site where you may or may not be paid to do so.

          • Based God

            It’s amazing what stupid goobers Vikings fans like you. are Looking for a conspiracy theory why someone is outraged over a woman beater being celebrated.

          • Jeeves

            I merely suggested it. You are acting way too indignant about it.
            Why do you debase God?

          • Scott Myhre

            I think you nailed it, he currently has 14,381 comments on several sites!

          • Jeeves

            ..and supposedly over 61,000 upvotes. Do you see any upvotes here?
            Either a fabricated profile or he rants on some foolish oddball site where there are others who are as foolish and delusional as this twit.

        • Scott Myhre

          Again, read my first two suggestions and we will all be better off. It just isn’t right or normal to be calling people stupid, or scumbags, etc. over something that is totally out of your control. After writing this, I will no longer respond to your comments as I’ll know you didn’t follow my advice. You really do need to get this anger under control before you actually hurt someone.

          • Based God

            I’m going to be trolling Vikings articles all year long. You dumb jock sniffers are so easy to trigger. Especially when the Vikings lose on Monday. I can’t wait to mock the woman beater and his idiot fans.

          • Jeeves

            You’ll be blocked by most posters on this site by the end of the day. Go ahead and give it your best shot. You have created quite a lovely fantasy life for yourself. It stands in stark contrast to the actual miserable existence you lead in the real world.

          • Based God

            lol I doubt you jock sniffers will block me. Nothing better to do than sit around and defend a woman beater because the Vikings might go 7-9 this year.

          • Jeeves

            From tonight onward you will Woodstock to me. You can say alll you want but it’ll come out // //// /// /////// /// //.
            Earlier today you said you were a life long Vikings fan. I knew it was BS.

          • Finchy74

            Insulting people is a GREAT method for convincing people to see your perspective.

            You’re not accomplishing anything other than wasting a lot of time writing comments that eventually won’t be read at all because people will have blocked you. And the only person that seems “triggered” in this entire thread of comments is yourself.

            If you genuinely care about violence against women, you should focus that energy into something that actually helps those women. There are no shortage of women’s shelters in the twin cities that are in dire need of volunteers. I would suggest Women’s Advocates on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. We need all the volunteers we can get. Please fill out the form on the website and I can take you through orientation myself on Monday morning.

            If you’re truly a righteous human being, you’ll spend your time doing something positive that actuallyy has value. Impotent rage flung at a comment wall is the mark of an equally impotent fool.

    • B. A. Barakas

      Did you Google Chris Spielman and realize that you sounded like an uninformed idiot and then edit it to Rick? Good job…maybe you should get your nonsense together before you post it …and make yourself look like an uninformed idiot…

      • Based God

        Nope. That’s how it always was stupid.

        • B. A. Barakas

          You are an uninformed idiot and a liar…good job…

    • Finchy74

      How exactly is the media “pretending he is a good person”? There’s a million articles detailing his past. If you had read those articles, not only would you know that the media isn’t pretending he’s a good person, you’d know that he was tried for the incident outside of the bar where he allegedly punched a woman and a JURY ACQUITTED him.

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  • Finchy74

    Fantastic article, Matthew. It’s very apparent that a lot of time, research and care was put into this profile. Really enjoyed it.

  • Finchy74

    We have no idea what the circumstance was with Cook and this woman. I would never defend a man who beats a woman, let alone cheer for him. But I’m also not going to crucify the guy when I don’t know the specifics of the situation.

    Perhaps Dalvin is a bad guy. If so, it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed. But frankly, your anger -fueled crusade seems wildly disproportionate to the situation. Perhaps your fury would be better directed at politicians than a kid on a football team.There are genuine monsters in Washington D.C. of both political persuasions who are regularly engaging in acts far more egregious than anything Dalvin Cook has done.

  • Based God

    Dalvin Cook was never found innocent. The cops just covered it up. That’s what they do at Florida State. He beat up some woman, the cops let him get away with it, and now he is on the Vikings. That’s why he he fell in the draft. Teams knew he was an unpunished beater of women.


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