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A couple of former Vikings have been spending time in Eagan

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A couple of former members of the Minnesota Vikings have made their way to the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, and they’re spending time there to get some insight from the coaching staff as they move forward in their football careers.

Former fullback Jerome Felton is with the Vikings during Training Camp as a scouting intern, taking part in the NFL’s Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship Program. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Felton is spending time with Vikings’ scouts before, during, and after the team practices during camp.

“We’re out there at every walkthrough and practice, and I’m just learning how they scout, how they write up summaries of the players and do evaluations,” said Felton, who earned an executive MBA from the University of Miami in 2016. “After practice, I watch film with one of the scouts and I see how they break it down and evaluate guys. I have an interest in going into an NFL front office. I’ve never had a desire to coach.”

Felton played for the Vikings from 2012 to 2014, and retired from the NFL in late 2016.

Also spotted at Vikings Training Camp has been former offensive lineman Mike Harris. Harris started 21 games for the Vikings in 2014 and 2015, but during the offseason leading up to the 2016 season was diagnosed with a congenital brain condition that forced him into retirement. Harris is now the offensive line coach at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, and was on hand with the Vikings to learn some things to take back and implement into his coaching duties.

Congratulations to both Jerome Felton and Mike Harris on continuing along in the world of football after their playing careers have ended. Here’s hoping for the best for both men going forward.