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Sunday NFL Game Features 2 Maverick Alums

Minnesota Vikings' Adam Thielen and Jacksonville Jaguars' Chris Reed are both former Minnesota State Mankato football players.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-7-2016

MANKATO, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Vikings play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at noon in Jacksonville, Fla., two former Maverick football players will be on opposite sidelines.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and Jaguars guard Chris Reed were college teammates at Minnesota State Mankato, and although the duo were part of successful Mavericks squads, neither was drafted by NFL teams. (Reed and Thielen are pictured in their Maverick uniforms at right. Reed is No. 74 and Thielen is No. 9.)

Both Thielen and Reed were signed by their respective NFL teams as free agents, with both starting their careers as practice squad players before eventually earning roster spots.

The Star Tribune published a story in its Dec. 7 print edition on the two former college teammates. Read that story here. The Vikings also ran a headline and video interview with Thielen that can be seen on the Vikings website. (Dec. 9 update: Mankato Free Press columnist Chad Courrier wrote a column about Thielen and Reed that can be read here.)

Sunday's game will be broacast on FOX (check local listings for details).

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