Superior Native Sutherland Excited for Vikings Deal

By KBJR News 1

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Superior native and former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Doug Sutherland said he is excited that lawmakers have reached an agreement for a new football stadium, joking that he now won't be forced to move to Wisconsin.

The Minnesota legislature approved on Thursday a $975 million proposal for a new Vikings stadium, which will be built at the current Mall of America Field site.

Sutherland played his college football at UW-Superior before being drafted into the NFL in round 14 of the 1970 NFL Draft.

He played one season with the New Orleans Saints and then became part of the famous 'Purple People Eaters' defense for the Minnesota Vikings from 1971-1980.

Sutherland finished his professional career in 1981 with the Seattle Seahawks.

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