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Vikings' Brian Robison Feels Extra Incentive Now That He Has A Daughter

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison may already be in the prime of his athletic career, but the 29-year-old appears to be heading into the 2012 campaign with a completely new level of focus after the birth of his daughter this offseason.

Robison told the Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood that he has completely dedicated himself to his new family, and will be more focused than ever this year for the Vikings. "You're no longer playing for yourself," he said. "You're playing for your family."

"That guy across from me is going to reap the consequences of that, because now I'm trying to take care of my little girl, and he won't stop me from doing that."

With a dangerous combination of power and speed off the edge, Robison could be in store for a career season as teams attempt to shut down teammate Jared Allen on the other side of the line. In his first full year as a starter the 6-foot-3, 259 lb. Robison tallied eight sacks and three forced fumbles, offering the Pro Bowler Allen to expect much more from his partner in crime in 2012 and beyond.

"I think he's a 10-plus-sack guy every year.," Allen said. "You get that kind of production out of both sides, and they have to choose who they're going to block."

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