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Buffalo Bills hire Heath Farwell as Special Teams Coach

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Another former Viking climbing the ranks

St. Louis Rams v Minnesota Vikings Photo by David Sherman/Getty Images

A fan favorite from recent Minnesota Vikings’ history is making his way up the coaching ranks for what he was best known for during his time in purple.

Heath Farwell, who was a special teams standout for the Vikings for six seasons, was hired on Wednesday as the new Special Teams Coach of the Buffalo Bills. Prior to today, he had served as a special teams coordinator for both the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers.

Farwell signed with the Vikings back in 2005 as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State. He was named the Vikings’ special teams MVP in 2006, and made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in 2010. After his career in Minnesota, he moved on to play for Seattle, where he was the special teams captain on their Super Bowl championship team in 2013.

I’m actually a bit surprised that the Vikings didn’t look at Farwell to be the special teams coach, given that they still have an opening at that spot after Mike Priefer made the decision not to come back. But, it’s moot now, since he’s gotten himself a new job.

Congratulations to Heath Farwell on becoming an NFL Special Teams Coach!