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Muggsy
02-10-2006, 07:13 PM
Redemption

By Viking Update Staff

Date: Feb 9, 2006

In 2005, both Darren Sharper and Koren Robinson saw their careers put into question and discussions of their future effectiveness was in doubt. By the end of the 2005, both were on their way to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.

In many ways, the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest. Players with big names, especially at positions like offensive line, are selected to the Pro Bowl on reputation more than dominance.

But, as the NFL all-stars prepare for Sunday's official season finale, a pair of Vikings head to the game filled with the power of redemption.

Darren Sharper will start for the NFC at safety, less than a year after being released by the Packers. The Packers front office said the move, along with getting rid of both starting offensive guards, was due to salary cap restrictions that faced the team in 2005. But the truth is, there was a strong undercurrent among the Packers -- at least as it was expressed in the Green Bay media -- that Sharper had seen his best days and that he was no longer the player that made the spectacular plays of years past. In short, the Packers weren't going to pay Sharper All-Pro money when it was believed that he was closer to being an injury-plagued has-been.

Sharper proved all of them wrong in 2005 -- leading the Vikings to a sweep of Green Bay and re-establishing himself as one of the top interceptors in the NFL. While most of the Packers are sitting at home Sunday, Sharper will be in Hawaii showing NFL fans what the Packers missed out on.

Sharper is joined by teammate Koren Robinson, whose story was even more pronounced. Labeled a malcontent by coach Mike Holmgren, Robinson was released last summer and, as training camp opened, Robinson was in a rehab facility for treatment of a drinking problem.

While in treatment, Mike Tice made the first call to express an interest in his joining the team -- some have speculated that Tice's potential tampering with a Vikings player after signing on with the Jags last month was with Robinson. Even so, his trip to the Pro Bowl was far but assured.

A buzz went through the press box prior to the home opener when Robinson was unceremoniously listed on the changes to the depth chart as "removed from the roster" with no further immediate explanation. In fact, in order to cover their own administrative butts, the Vikings released Robinson three separate times -- the last of which could have been costly. It came after the Packers had lost wide receiver Javon Walker for the season and were willing to pay K-Rob more than he was getting from the Vikings. Instead, Robinson showed his loyalty to Tice and the Vikings and re-signed -- for less money and no guarantees.

While Sunday's game will feature many of the media darlings that we see do advertisements for most of the major NFL sponsors, you won't see commercials with Sharper or Robinson airing during the game. Their reward hasn't come as corporate spokesmen, their reward has been through the power of redemption and the reclamation of their stellar careers when others were more than willing to give up on them.

V4L
02-10-2006, 07:16 PM
I knew Sharper was better then he played in GB.. I said with some talent around him he would strive.. OH YAHHH

And I was reading about K-rob and knew he cleaned up his act.. Well I was hoping it was for certain.. When I heard we were talking about signing him I was ecstatic.. I didn't think he would be as good as he was this year though

BIGDADDYG
02-10-2006, 07:19 PM
HERE! HERE! :headbang: :cheers: The Seahawks & Fudge Packers loss our gain!!!!

VikesfaninWis
02-10-2006, 07:53 PM
I live in Wisconsin, and knew if given the right players around him that Darren Sharper would cause alot of problems for offenses.. The problem is, he had to pick up the slack for everyone else on that sad team..

K-Rob, I am happy to a point that he had problems in his life. Not because I like to see people suffer, but rather because he is a great football player and has shown alot of promise. He is now a member of the Vikings, and I couldn't be happier..

gregair13
02-10-2006, 09:13 PM
both left for dead, and now look at them.

cajunvike
02-10-2006, 09:21 PM
Cue "Redemption Song" by the late, great Mr. Robert Nesta Marley!

SharperVikings
02-11-2006, 01:32 AM
"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

I knew Sharper was better then he played in GB.. I said with some talent around him he would strive.. OH YAHHH

And I was reading about K-rob and knew he cleaned up his act.. Well I was hoping it was for certain.. When I heard we were talking about signing him I was ecstatic.. I didn't think he would be as good as he was this year though

Just thinking about of GB feels now just make me :grin:

V4L
02-11-2006, 02:49 AM
"cajunvike" wrote:

Cue "Redemption Song" by the late, great Mr. Robert Nesta Marley!

One of the greatest artists ever :grin: