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Ronnie Hillman: Vikings have “same brotherhood” as Broncos last year

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 3:  Running back Ronnie Hillman #23 of the Denver Broncos scores a touchdown on a 23-yard rush in the fourth quarter of a game against the San Diego Chargers  at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

Injuries have forced the Vikings to alter their plans at quarterback, running back and on the offensive line, but the team has still won four straight games to open the season and are favored to make it five straight at home against the Texans this Sunday.

The play of their defense has been the biggest on-field factor in their success, which should sound like a familiar formula to those with memories long enough to remember how the Broncos fueled their run to the Super Bowl last season. One member of that Broncos team is now in Minnesota and running back Ronnie Hillman has found more links the two clubs than a standout defense.

“The big thing is the camaraderie,” Hillman said, via the Pioneer Press. “This team plays for each other, and that’s the biggest part. This team has the same brotherhood — these guys treat each other like family the exact same [as in Denver], and that’s what you need to have a championship team. I saw it here right away, how these guys treat each other with respect and without excuses — they’re accountable for what they do, and that’s definitely a good trait to have as a whole. The guys are cool.”

There’s a lot of time between Week Five and the Super Bowl for those comparisons to grow stronger or prove to be superficial, but the Vikings have already shown an ability to overcome adverse developments that they’ll need to go the distance.

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27 Responses to “Ronnie Hillman: Vikings have “same brotherhood” as Broncos last year”
  1. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 9, 2016 8:54 AM

    Since you put that headline in “scare quotes” I’m going to not read the article, jump to conclusions, and ignore context like the media does nowadays and just assume you mean that the Vikings are racist.

    I haven’t watched a single game this year because of the racist anti-America players the teams in the league employ.

    The NFL needs us more than we need it.

  2. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:57 AM

    One team. One dream. One goal. Skol.

  3. 250dollarnflowner says: Oct 9, 2016 9:09 AM

    sometimes being “treated like family” isn’t a good thing; just ask Jordan Rodgers!

  4. Ron Jull says: Oct 9, 2016 9:13 AM

    Sam I Am, I Am Sam!!!!

    Not too many people calling him Badford or Sadford these days, can he keep it going?

  5. 6kings says: Oct 9, 2016 9:39 AM

    Just a few more ingredients to go.

  6. minnesotablizzard says: Oct 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    It all starts with Zimmer and veteran leadership from guys like Chad Greenway. The Vikings have a donut club, and the spirit of Harambe is watching over them. Once I saw the pregame spoons out for Harambe lead by Greenway, I knew this team was special.

  7. gettingzygiwithit says: Oct 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    Best Owners
    + best GM
    + best coach
    = great assembly of talented coachable players

  8. cribbage12 says: Oct 9, 2016 10:22 AM

    Vikings are so cool that they are on to things like playing for each other and being a real team. It’s a wonder no other team follows their lead.

  9. beauregard says: Oct 9, 2016 10:32 AM

    I’m not a Vikings fan, but I’m glad for their success. It seems like every year in the NFL, that there’s a team that kind of comes out of nowhere and has a Cinderella season. This year, it’s the Vikes.

  10. dino2997 says: Oct 9, 2016 10:46 AM

    That’s so cute….

  11. yourunclerico says: Oct 9, 2016 10:58 AM

    but still… the Vikings are missing that certain edge, that certain key part of the donkeys success…

    they need the refs to bail them out and give them preferential treatment just like the donkeys get! its the key to the donks success

  12. polegojim says: Oct 9, 2016 11:14 AM

    Bradfords success has been VERY telling about what was part of the problem for the Vikings.

    Glad for him and the team!

  13. snowdood163 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:33 AM

    Just jump on a ball of that might be a backward pass Ronnie.

  14. 250dollarnflowner says: Oct 9, 2016 11:36 AM

    Bradfords success has been VERY telling about what was part of the problem for the Vikings.
    =========
    Teddy was 11-5 last year and Division winner. It’s not like MN was a last place team last year

  15. hbudgess says: Oct 9, 2016 11:44 AM

    Coach Zimmer himself has invigorated this franchise ! Thank you Bengals for a great coach!

  16. mnfaninil says: Oct 9, 2016 11:50 AM

    When your GM takes idiots off his draft board, requires players to be smart, athletic, team players, then a few years down the road you get what the Vikings have; good, smart, athletic, team players. Throw in a coach who teaches “team” and their record of 21-5 in their last two season’s regular seasons is not surprising. Now just fix the kicker issue and win some playoff games!

  17. chitowngronk says: Oct 9, 2016 12:02 PM

    Easy there champ…earn your way onto the field before you take any interviews. We’ve all played the same amount of snaps as you this year

  18. scrotiemcb says: Oct 9, 2016 12:06 PM

    Somebody will drill Bradford and he’ll promptly recall that he doesn’t actually like playing football very much. He’s a front runner like Cam Newton. Smack him in the mouth or create a little adversity and he’ll get busy folding.

  19. bigdawgdaddy says: Oct 9, 2016 12:07 PM

    That’s right NFL…. The ZIM Reapers are coming for all teams.
    The Purple Powers Of Pain & Destruction can not be stopped.

  20. JSpicoli says: Oct 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    I’ve never seen an NFL team be on top every week, all season. The Vikings will fall.

  21. skawh says: Oct 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:54 AM
    Since you put that headline in “scare quotes” I’m going to not read the article, jump to conclusions, and ignore context like the media does nowadays and just assume you mean that the Vikings are racist.

    I haven’t watched a single game this year because of the racist anti-America players the teams in the league employ.

    The NFL needs us more than we need it.
    ——-
    yet you’re hear whining because others don’t act like you would prefer they act. Go live with a dictatorship, for obviously you’re having a big problem coping with freedom “brother.”

  22. youallrfools says: Oct 9, 2016 12:17 PM

    scrotiemcb says:
    Oct 9, 2016 12:06 PM
    Somebody will drill Bradford and he’ll promptly recall that he doesn’t actually like playing football very much. He’s a front runner like Cam Newton. Smack him in the mouth or create a little adversity and he’ll get busy folding.

    __________________________________
    That’s funny cause he was almost murdered in the first game he played for the Vikings but kept getting up. It was a Monday night football game so I assume you were watching the same thing.

  23. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 9, 2016 12:31 PM

    skawh says:
    Oct 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    ——-
    yet you’re hear whining because others don’t act like you would prefer they act. Go live with a dictatorship, for obviously you’re having a big problem coping with freedom “brother.”
    _________________________________________

    Its pretty cut and dry actually. The players are free to express their opinions, I am free to not watch the games, I am free to comment here about it, PFT is free to delete my comments, you are free to contradict my comments if they get posted.

    Can you please explain to me what part about freedom am I having a problem with?

  24. filthymcnasty3 says: Oct 9, 2016 12:54 PM

    Easy for him to say. Hillman’s never been through Viking training camp.

    #77

  25. braddavery says: Oct 9, 2016 1:10 PM

    You couldn’t find a picture of Hillman in a Vikings uniform.

  26. skol919 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:03 PM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:54 AM
    Since you put that headline in “scare quotes” I’m going to not read the article, jump to conclusions, and ignore context like the media does nowadays and just assume you mean that the Vikings are racist.

    I haven’t watched a single game this year because of the racist anti-America players the teams in the league employ.

    The NFL needs us more than we need it.

    You feeling OK brother?

  27. mikeinminny says: Oct 10, 2016 4:49 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 12:54 PM

    Easy for him to say. Hillman’s never been through Viking training camp.

    #77
    __________________________________
    WOW…trash talking and banter is one thing but that is LOW. It’s a joke to you that Korey Stringer died of heat stroke?

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