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Joe Berger expects 2017 to be his final season

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Linebacker Chad Greenway went into last season with the expectation that it would be his final one as an NFL player and one of his former teammates is taking the same approach this year.

Offensive lineman Joe Berger said he liked that Greenway was “able to step away on his own with his timing” and that he’s thinking about doing the same thing as he enters his 13th professional season.

“You never know what the circumstances are going to be, but in my mind, that’s the way I’m looking at it,” Berger said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “It’s year 13 and it’s been fun. It’s a young man’s game, though.”

After spending much of his career as a backup guard and center, Berger has started 30 games for the Vikings over the last two seasons. He’s working at right guard in OTAs and should be in the starting lineup to kick off what looks like his final NFL season.

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9 Responses to “Joe Berger expects 2017 to be his final season”
  1. jermainewiggins says: Jun 2, 2017 11:15 AM

    Cool story of an undrafted center from michigan tech.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 2, 2017 11:33 AM

    Every year he’s expected to be a solid and versatile backup player and then winds up being the best offensive lineman on the team. He’s had a great career but didn’t get the recognition until it was too late to cash in on a big contract.

  3. GenXJ says: Jun 2, 2017 11:41 AM

    Heck of a teammate. Would never fight anyone on the same roster.

  4. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 2, 2017 11:48 AM

    How to draw Joe Berger:

    1. Draw a square.

    2. Fill in eyes, nose, and mouth.

  5. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:11 PM

    Can’t blame him. He’s had enough Viking nonsense for one lifetime.

  6. tjacks7 says: Jun 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    It’d be nice to go out with the super bowl win at home. Vikings and Patriots appear to be on a collision course.

  7. h0metownzero says: Jun 2, 2017 1:07 PM


    Summertime Superbowl dreams – for the hapless and tasteless.

  8. atthemurph says: Jun 2, 2017 3:55 PM

    Feel sorry for the guy. Never a sniff of a title and had to wear the barney costume all these years.

  9. fmc651 says: Jun 3, 2017 12:22 PM

    Not sure he is going to make the team. He didn’t look good last year at all. He had a pectoral injury in 2015 and concussion in injuries last year in weeks 13,14,15.
    He has been a good story for the Vikings but I would not be surprised if he was cut this summer.

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