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Minnesota Vikings To Honor TE Jim Kleinsasser With. . .Beards?

This Sunday's tilt against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome will mark the final game for long-time Minnesota Vikings' tight end Jim Kleinsasser. Kleinsasser, who was the team's second-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of the University of North Dakota, has spent all 13 of his NFL seasons in a Minnesota uniform, and recently set the record for most games played by a Vikings' tight end.

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As a way to honor him this Sunday, the Vikings have distributed this little beauty. It's a cut-out beard, designed to look like Kleinsasser's, that the team wants folks to print out, cut out, and wear to this Sunday's game. Not only that, but if you take a picture of yourself wearing the beard and upload it to the Vikings' official FaceBook page, you can win prizes. (Prizes have not been specified.)

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So, if you'll be at the Metrodome this Sunday for the season finale, show your respect for one of the more unheralded players in Vikings' history.

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Fear the beard!

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.