Tevlin: Kluwe made an impact on, off the field

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 1:24 AM

This week the Minnesota Legislature will likely vote on the gay marriage issue and the Vikings made news by cutting their above-average punter. The interesting thing is that these events are not necessarily unrelated.

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quinnerooMay. 7, 13 8:46 PM

Yes he was profane, and yes he was very articulate, which flew in the face of the tough guy image that the NFL wants to present. Do I think it was a factor in his being let go? Yes again.

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vikeforlifeMay. 7, 13 9:25 PM

I think the biggest reason both Longwell and Kluwe are gone is because the special teams coach wanted his own young guys that he could train the way he wanted. Kluwe's production was the reason not his mouth. AP was also outspoken when Percy was traded but I don't think he will be released anytime soon. If your in the NFL and you continue to bring attention to yourself you had better produce on the field. The Blair Walsh project worked out just fine and I think this will work out OK too.

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sammy5542612May. 7, 1310:18 PM

Thanks to Vikings Punter, Chris Kluwe, a lot of people of the same gender are getting married in Minnesota! I hope Mr. Kluwe wins the Super Bowl with his next team.

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tryharderplsMay. 7, 1310:22 PM

Kluwe wasn't cut because he was outspoken. The only reason it's even an issue is because he is outspoken. Kluwe was an above average punter for years, but he hasn't been as consistent lately and he's due a high salary for a punter. Same thing happened to Longwell last year and the Vikes now have probably the best kicker in the NFL. I applaud Kluwe's outspokenness, but the Vikes are a football team and the football decision to cut Kluwe is makes complete sense.

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notsidMay. 8, 13 6:03 AM

I am sure that the Vikings took some heat from their ticket holders who did not like Kluwe's outspoken viewpoints, nothing less and nothing more. The owners do not want to get on the "wrong side" of their fans given that they have just given them a nbew playpen in which to showcase their product and for which,some funding aspects remain problematic. I would assume most of the NFL owners are similarly conservative regarding such matters and that Kluwe will have a hard time finding another job as a punter in the league.

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texvikesMay. 8, 13 6:05 AM

With 3 first rounders the Vikes will need every cent of the cap. Kluwe was a luxury at his salary and this new kid will make half as much over the next 4 years. Punters are on every street corner, the guy doesn't need to run a 4.4 40 or be 6-6" 300lbs. Probably 10-15 guys come out of the college ranks every year that can easily kick at pro level and only a few teams change punter each year. The year after GB won the SB with Favre they were way over the cap.....one of the first guys to hit the bricks was their place kicker and he was awesome the year before. Thanks for the kicks Kluwe, hope you catch on somewhere.

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rag5122May. 8, 13 7:53 AM

When I watch sporting events, and I watch a lot, I do not want to know the players political view points! I just want them to play hard. In the past, did anyone know, or care, on which side of current issues, players stood? No. We, as fans, don't care. Kluwe used very poor judgement and is now only an average, at best punter, making a bloated salary. He probably would have been released, as Longwell was, anyway. Non-story.

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sudancruMay. 8, 13 8:23 AM

The last year there is too much other stuff creeping into the sports reporting...Tebow gets bashed for his views, Kluwe lauded for his. I do not subscribe to sites to read about viewpoints - I am tired of hearing about opinions, everyone has one. I just want to hear details about the teams I follow - is that too much to ask?

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jaytee1May. 8, 13 8:29 AM

I didn't disagree with Kluwe's views but do disagree with any notion that those views got him cut. The Vikings will save $1 million a year under the NFL salary cap. With the cap in place, paying a guy who takes four snaps a game $1.4 million makes very little sense unless the guy is a lights out kicker. Chris was not that. So, good luck to him but please, spare us the drama of alledging some sort of NFL conspiracy.

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dogmanMay. 8, 13 8:36 AM

"In the past, did anyone know, or care, on which side of current issues, players stood?" -- other than wearing pink, kneeling in the end zone after a touchdown and praising the Almighty, pretending to shoot yourself in the leg, etc?

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