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Former Viking Matt Blair weighs in on current team

6-time Pro-Bowler makes appearance at Brownsville Days

Former Viking Matt Blair weighs in on current team

BROWNSVILLE, Minn. (WKBT) - A member of the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor spent the weekend in Brownsville, Minnesota.

Matt Blair, who played all 12 of his seasons in Minnesota (1974-1985), served as the parade marshal for "Brownsville Days," hosted by the Lions Club.

An All-American at Iowa State, Blair played in two Super Bowls. Diehard Vikings fans might remember him for blocking a punt that was recovered in the end zone for Minnesota's only six points against the Steelers in Super Bowl IX.

He's in the Vikings Ring of Honor for a reason.

Blair was on the team when they moved from playing outdoors into the Metrodome, so he knows how hard it will be for the current team to move from the Metrodome to TCF Bank Stadium.

"The one thing about it is they're going to be outdoors. in the winter, and I remember being outdoors in the winter, and you work a little bit harder but when you go play other teams outdoors, in the winter, you'll be better," he said.

"It's just a way of trying to get something that they wanted to get, a new stadium, but they have to play outside and it's gonna happen, that's all."

Naturally, as a defensive player, Blair said he is excited about new head coach Mike Zimmer.

"Mike Zimmer I think is going to be a great coach. We got some differences, he's a defensive coach and you win games with the defense. If the defense does not let the other team score, then you have a chance. If you work at that part on defense, like we did back in the Purple People days, that's how you win games."

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