Dalvin Cook focusing on “becoming a better person”

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Dalvin Cook was already good at football, but it wasn’t the stuff on the field that made him slip to the second round of the draft.

So that stuff’s what he’s working on now, as he tries to prove to the Vikings they did the right thing by drafting him when others were unwilling to.

The Florida State running back with a bit of a checkered past said he’s focused on becoming better in all areas now that he’s in Minnesota.

“You’ve always got to put that stuff behind you,” Cook told  Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “It can be a learning tool for a lot of people. I go back home and I talk to some of the people in the neighborhood, I just try to get them to learn from my situation and just build from that. And that’s what I’m doing – building as a man, becoming a better person, with better people in the locker room and just being around the vets and learning how to be a pro.”

Even when Cook wasn’t in trouble himself at Florida State, trouble was always in his vicinity. There was some property destruction with a BB gun that ended with a pre-trial intervention, a citation for mistreating dogs (which was resolved with a fine), and charges of hitting a woman outside a bar, though he was later acquitted. He was also named as an associate in an assault case in which two men allegedly brandished a gun outside his apartment.

That was enough to make the Vikings ask who he’d bring with him to Minnesota, and they were encouraged when he said he was coming alone, focused on his new job.

“I think he has probably woken up a little bit about how important football is,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said, “and I truly believe that he is on a mission coming up here and is going to be a great football player for us.”

Cook drew praise from his college coaches for his dedication to the program, and his tape alone justified giving him the chance to prove himself. But the Vikings are encouraged by the things he’s leaving behind, as he tries to build a pro career on a team looking for exactly the kind of runner he’s been.

28 responses to “Dalvin Cook focusing on “becoming a better person”

  1. He can be a difference maker if he can stay clean..he needs to hang out with Xavier,also a Florida State grad who has his head on straight.

  2. What else is a GM, who drafted him gonna say?…I’m sure that now he has money, his lifestyle will change. Only a matter of time…Every year you read these type of stories..

  3. This guy’s a real piece of poop.

    Its becoming more and more difficult to root for these felons…

  4. Big PACK guy here. Good player! Wish him the best. Was hoping my PACK would have a chance too draft him. I’m thinking we could line up Abberderriss at RB this year, kid has potential and is the pride of BUCKEY!!! GO PACK GO

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  5. I think Cook’s troubles were a little overblown. He had already been distancing himself from the bad crowd he fell in with as a teen when he was at FSU, but getting those guys to stay away wasn’t easy.

    As a player, he is outstanding.

    He could be the best pick of this draft. Period.

  6. In this day and age if you do not understand that NFL football is a business. And that your actions off the field are just as important as on the field. You will not last long. His drop into the second round should have been a lesson for Dalvin. I want to believe Dalvin Cook
    has learned from his mistakes early on in life ( Some of the offenses mentioned were from the age of 14.) and has put those ways behind.

  7. Sounds like misdemeanors that even The Little Rascals would be busted for.
    He’ll have to adjust to honing his problematic character, in the pros, on the field twice a year now. And trust me, it’s a minor undertaking against gb these days.

  8. I’m glad green bay didn’t actually spend money in free agency on proven veteran cornerbacks to fix their secondary and instead opted to go with a rookie cornerback with their 2nd rd pick when they could’ve drafted Dalvin Cook and made their offense even more dynamic.

    Dalvin is going to run circles around Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez.

  9. I’ll never understand how this talent fell to the 2nd round, but it sure was to the Viking’s benefit. Watch any tape on him and you can see greatness…

  10. and this just in from Wisconsin, it looks like the unusually wet weather has the women in the state shaving their backs more than usual.

  11. Minnesota’s a good spot for a young man in his position, for several reasons.

    1. If he turns his life around, great. If he doesn’t, and he does something really heinous, he can always demand (and get) more money.

    2. Listening to the coaching staff is completely optional over there.

    3. The purples will be perfectly happy with the Vikings hovering around their customary 8-8 and finishing third or fourth in the division. If Cook has one big-yardage game in a loss to the Packers every other year or so, they’ll anoint him Purple Pope.

    It’s all win for Dalvin Cook.

  12. Meanwhile, the Packers are counting on a guy who averaged 7.5 carries for 42 yards after switching from wide receiver to running back. What could go wrong?

  13. I would actually prefer that the Vikings stayed away from guys with character issues, but I have to believe they did their due diligence and Dalvin and you can’t argue with his potential as a start RB. I think the Packers will rue the day they passed on him.

  14. mnfaninil says:May 31, 2017 8:25 AM

    Ok, I’ll go ahead and say it since many of you are thinking it…Super Bowl baby!!

     

    Hilarious, no sane person is thinking the Vikings will make the Super Bowl, except as spectators. In addition, Cook is good, but he also has other red flags such as shoulder issues and a fumbling problem. Viking fans are funny, every off-season they are convinced they are going to the Super Bowl, but those hopes are dashed once the regular season gets under way. No different this year it seems.

     

  15. So easy to say. But give a 21 year old a few million dollars and see if he can handle it. Then you’ll know if he becomes a better person, or just a weekend wealthy punk.

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