Beyond Bounds: NFL Journal Entry No. 7 With D’Aundre Reed – New Years Edition – WCCO
Editor’s Note: Vikings sophomore defensive lineman D’Aundre Reed shares the ups and downs of being in the NFL – from work for more playtime, just to get used to Minnesota – for this one-season project. Entry n Â° 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
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Like the ambition of the season to get to know D’Aundre Roseau coming to an end – the Vikings face the Packers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lambeau Field – it was revealing how well Reed handled the highlights and setbacks the 2012 campaign brought him.
Yes, he hasn’t dressed for game day in weeks. And that comes after seeing the pitch at least a handful of times each week to start the season.
Still, the second-year defensive lineman has yet to let his positivity fade.
The freshly transformed 25-year-old caught up with WCCO one last time.
How did you celebrate the new year?
With my family and my girlfriend. About 20 of us were in a back room at JD Hoyt’s (in downtown Minneapolis).
How cramped was your apartment the first night they arrived?
They got there early, so they hadn’t checked into a hotel yet – it was a bit cramped (laughs). But everyone was cool about it – letting my parents sleep in my bed.
How is it to share your birthday with the New Year?
It’s cool because then it’s a party. Everyone celebrates the New Year. This year I got a Bruce Lee watch, bracelet and poster.
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Bruce Lee, really?
I’m a fan of his zero percent body fat. It reminds you to never underestimate your competition.
New year’s resolutions?
I do not have any. I usually don’t.
How do you stay positive seeing that you’ve seen less of the pitch as the season progresses?
I’m excited to be in the playoffs and continue to work hard, and hopefully there will be an opportunity in the playoffs. You just have to be patient.
How exciting was Sunday’s final regular season win over the Packers?
It was unbelievable. We didn’t want to be turned down.
Last year, your rookie year, you were 3-13 years old. Now you have 10-6. How do you think this turnaround happened?
Just a different mindset – to close the games. Last year we won 20-0 in the first half and then lose. We are now playing with desire.
How was your vacation – were you able to run home?
I actually had to fly to California and spend time with my family. We broiled and fried a turkey. I was only there for a day and a half, but it didn’t slip away – time well spent.
At the end of the season, are you staying in Minnesota? What’s your plan?
I’m probably going to stick around and then go back to California, then Arizona a bit too. I pay rent all year round here so will be here often. Even last year, I was in Minnesota for the most part. Come March, I love to work here.
You are halfway through your four-year contract, what do you think about the direction of your career?
I feel like I have learned a lot and continue to grow – I am excited about what the future holds. I have a better understanding of the game, when it comes to changing rooms and being a professional athlete.
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How was your snowball fight in the sculpture garden outside The Walker?
My girlfriend and I took pictures of it – it was fun. MOA and the Sculpture Garden are on my bucket list every visit.