Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The NFL players and owners agreed earlier this summer to a new collective bargaining agreement, marking the end of the first football work stoppage since the 1980s.
In 1987, the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings was Larry Miller, a guy who was far from a household name.
"When I got the phone call, I just couldn't believe it," Miller said. "I was pinching myself. I jumped at the opportunity. I didn't think anyone's job was in jeopardy by me showing up here, getting the chance to make a little money. I didn't go anywhere after college, sitting behind a desk, playing semi-pro ball, some arena football, so this is an opportunity I just want to jump on."
Miller wasn't the only unheralded player on the Vikings that season, or across the NFL for that matter. It was season started largely with substitutes, and even Minnesota head coach Larry Burns wasn't sure how the fans would react.
"I think about that sometimes," Burns said. "It'll be a little strange going into the Metrodome on Sunday, obviously with picket lines we'll have to cross, then playing with our players who we're totally unfamiliar with."
"I'm not sure how the fans will react to what they might think is low-caliber football," Miller said. "I hope they come out and support us, and I hope the other players come out and support us."
The 2011 Minnesota Vikings will open the regular season, with their regular roster, on Sunday, September 11 against the San Diego Chargers.
Posted by Zach Schneider