Mother, late father inspire new Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

A new era for Vikings football officially begins with general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

He’s got the smarts, graduating from both Princeton and then Stanford with economics degrees, which led to a career on Wall Street. Then the last eight years he was a part of NFL front offices with the 49ers and Browns.

Adofo-Mensah says he was practically skipping after his interview with the Vikings’ Wilfs because it just felt like the right fit. His goal for the franchise? “Sustained success and championships.”

He credits his family as constant sources of inspiration, and on the days when he needs a boost, he plays a voicemail his late father left him after the Browns beat the Cowboys a few years ago.

“He said, ‘I’m proud of you. Your boys made a statement,'” Adofo-Mensah shared. “And sometimes when I need a little extra, I’ll play the voicemail, because I think there are more statements to be made, and that’s the work I always strive towards.”

The next franchise move is to figure out the Vikings’ head coach. Adofo-Mensah says he wants a leader with great communication skills, and he looks forward to getting input from players on what they think the franchise culture needs out of Mike Zimmer’s successor.

“I’m a consensus builder,” he said. “I love information, so nothing they say is going to shock me or be anything negative. I’m going to take it into consideration. Again, we have general thoughts of what we want, but hearing from players is not going to hurt that.”