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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.


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.)


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.


Fear the beard!

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