Vikings Foundation 2022 Golf Tournament

Vikings Foundation 2022 Golf Tournament

Kuper started 79 of 90 regular-season games played for the Broncos from 2006-13. He spent the past three seasons assisting Denver’s offensive line under Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard who had been Hutchinson’s head coach in Tennessee.

“I met Coach Kuper the other day at the hotel. We were discussing o-line stuff, as we usually do. … We’re both former players, played in a different era,” Hutchinson said. “It’s really a lot of complaining, just talking about how things were and kids these days don’t know what it’s like. Every generation does the same thing.

“He had the opportunity to coach under Mike Munchak … so everything Kuper was taught … I think he knows the way to do it, so I’m excited to see what he has in store,” Hutchinson added.

Hutchinson said he’s watched a lot of golf lately, especially major tournaments, but he has come to the conclusion he doesn’t play or practice enough to “actually be good.”

That change in expectations has added to his enjoyment.

“You get older, and you think you get a little wiser, and you go, ‘Well, how can you be great at something you don’t do so much?’ So I stopped trying to worry about it,” Hutchinson said. “I just try to get good shots. I don’t need to string them together. I don’t need to win a hole on my own. That’s why scrambles and tournaments like this, the format is pretty forgiving. You can leave here feeling good about yourself because you’re not chasing your ball all over the place because you’re using somebody else’s good shot, so you kind of boost your ego.”

Steve Jordan flew in from Arizona to participate for the second year in a row.

The former tight end enjoyed reuniting with teammates like fellow Vikings Ring of Honor member Joey Browner, as well as players who have followed. Jordan described his golf game as “decent on occasion.”

“The only thing that’s consistent about it is I’m inconsistent, but I have a lot of fun with it, so it’s cool,” Jordan said. “I know over the years the Vikings have done a lot in the community, so this is an opportunity for us to come together and raise some money, have some fun and generate a little more community engagement. That’s a win, win, win. “

Linebacker Ed McDaniel is readily admitted, “I’m a horrible golfer, but you get out of the house for four or five hours, and you might as well enjoy yourself.”

The broader goal of the day wasn’t as lost on McDaniel as some of his golf balls.

“We all have to give back. Someone gave to me. I was fortunate enough to play in college and then with the Vikings for 10 years and still am fortunate,” McDaniel said. “If we don’t help the next generation, if we don’t help someone behind us, where are we going to be?”

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