In just over a week... the Minnesota Vikings suit up in Canton... for this year's hall of fame game.
The added preseason contest gives coaches an extra outing to evaluate... who should stay... or who should go.
Training camp is all about competition, when the young players come in, they try to take as much as they can from the veterans as they try to make the 53 man roster, now one Rochester native has made a living on special teams.
Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Marcus Sherels says, "Guys like me have to work hard, we're not as gifted as some of the guys out here, and it just makes us better."
Marcus Sherels is entering his fifth season in the NFL, having to scratch and claw his way every year to make the squad.
Special Teams coordinator Mike Priefer says, "Whether it's playing corner, or punt team, kick–off team, kick–off return, whatever the case may be, every year he's earned his job, and I respect him so much because he's ready to roll, and he's earned that spot."
Leading by example for everyone else on the field.
Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Xavier Rhodes says, "Ah man, he's a humble, down to Earth guy, he listens to everything the coaches do, he does everything right. It's unbelievable, he's a great corner."
Sherels has two punt return touchdowns in his career and is one of the best returners in the league, but not many players are a sure lock in the NFL.
Sherels says, "Each year is a new year, we all have a competition in here and that's a good thing, it all makes us better, and we work really hard and get better every day."
This preseason... Vikings players have the luxury of an added contest.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner says, "I think it helps you in evaluation, I really do, I feel offensively, certainly our biggest ill is finding the lineman who's going to function the best."
That hall of fame game is just another opportunity for all these players to showcase their skills as to why they should be suiting up on Sunday.
--KEYC News 12