Editor Note: Nicely written Viking22, and I couldn't agree more. Jared Allen has done a lot of good with his Wounded Warrior foundation, and his latest project deserves some front page recognition! -CCNorseman
Did the Vikings overpay Jared Allen last season? Hell yes they did but when I stumbled across this article it brings tears to my eyes. We don't read stories about him getting DUI's, drugging and raping women, or about getting caught with some weed. I read about Allen delivering a double amputee veteran a new home through the Wounded Warriors program (link to Fox news interview).
Staff Sargent Kenneth Chaplin lost both his legs below the knees in an IED attack. "It feels like people care," is what Chaplin commented about. Allen using his fame and fortune to help those that have suffered huge personal tragedy can not get enough media coverage.
The Vikings may not resign Jared Allen but this man sure understands life. I can only image the gratitude that a man like Mr. Chaplin would feel with the gift of a new home that would accommodate his needs. Just a great story when we hear about the negative stories about players. Many times it is about more than just football and I want to thank you for being a Viking but most importantly helping your fellow man. That is an inspiration we all can use from time-to-time.
We all need a boost when life deals us a hard blow and everyone has gone through some dark times. A few kind words at the right time can sure help someone going through a trying time. Having someone show they really do care may be one of the best things we can share. I wish him the best going forward and I really appreciate what he is doing off the football field. Viking fans have poured their hearts into your larger than life personality and I understand that much better now. For me, this is much more important than what you have accomplished on the football field and using that fame and fortune to help the less fortunate. Well done Mr. Allen, well done.