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MINNEAPOL;9S—John DeFilippo just won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia. Now, he's talking about getting one for Minnesota. The Vikings named DeFilippo offensive coordinator Friday, five days after he served as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach during their 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday in Philadelphia after the Eagles' victory parade, and they reached an agreement on a two-year contract.
ATLANTA—When Karen Vanderyt has guests in her Atlanta home to watch football, there is one important rule. "If you're going to talk, you have to go to a different room because I'm serious about watching my football," she said. Vanderyt was even more locked in than usual after inviting 10 family members and friends to her home for Super Bowl LII on Sunday. She is the daughter of the late Norm Van Brocklin, the quarterback who led the Philadelphia Eagles to what had been their last NFL title in 1960.
MINNEAPOLIS — When it comes to talking to Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo about their open offensive coordinator position, the Vikings are in a holding pattern. A source said Tuesday, Feb. 6, that, as it stands now, the Vikings can't talk with DeFilippo until 10 days after the end of the season for the Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. That would be Feb. 14, when his contract expires. The Vikings are trying to get permission to speak to DeFilippo earlier, but it appears they're willing to wait if the Eagles balk.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—The Philadelphia Eagles have the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Now, they also might have a quarterback controversy. Nick Foles, who took over for an injured Carson Wentz with three games left in the regular season, was named Most Valuable Player in Philadelphia's 41-33 victory Sunday night, Feb. 4, over New England in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Philadelphia Eagles are finally Super Bowl champions. Despite losing their star quarterback -- former North Dakota State standout Carson Wentz -- to injury in the final stretch of the season, they had a more-than-capable replacement. Backup quarterback Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was elected Saturday night, Feb. 3, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Moss got the call in his first year of eligibility. Former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson, also in his first year of eligibility, was not selected. Moss will be joined in the hall by former players Ray Lewis, Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile, and former executive Bobby Beathard. The hall of fame class was announced at NFL Honors at the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Adrian Peterson returned to the Twin Cities on Saturday, Feb. 3, and wasted no time in reuniting with adoring Vikings fans. Peterson, the Vikings' star running back from 2007-16, signed autographs and wore a perpetual smile for cheering fans during an appearance at the Mall of America Macy's story.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Flores is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he believes he knows why. "It's because Al Davis was the owner," Flores said. Davis was a dominant, controversial fixture for the Raiders until his death in 2011. That included when Flores was head coach for two Super Bowls victories with the Raiders — the Oakland Raiders in January 1981 and Los Angeles Raiders in January 1984.
ST. PAUL—Former Minnesota Vikings coach Les Steckel was on a Colorado ski vacation with his family on Thursday night when he flipped on the television to watch the premier of ESPN's 30 for 30 film "The Two Bills." Early in the film, a picture of Steckel flashed on the screen. He did a double take.
MINNEAPOLIS — So much for dinner. Interrupted by a phone call, Jon Gruden was asked about the famous "Tuck Rule" playoff game in January 2002 in which New England quarterback Tom Brady's lost fumble was overturned on replay and the Patriots came back to beat Oakland in overtime. Gruden was the Raiders coach that season, and last month he returned for a second stint with the team. "I was just going to eat dinner with my coaches and I hate that you spoiled dinner for me by bringing that up," Gruden said.