"I always knew he could catch the ball, but I never knew how fast he was," Pete said. "When he went to (a tryout in) Chicago and ran a 4.49 (40-yard dash), I couldn't believe it."
The Thielens came back to Mankato for the first week of training camp, surprisingly noting that Adam didn't look out of place with the other Vikings' receivers. Pete returned for the night practice, getting to meet some of the players after that event.
"They kind of let their hair down a little bit because they had the next day off," Pete said.
The Thielens had a Metrodome suite for the preseason opener, entertaining 48 other family members and friends, but many folks stopped by with well-wishes for them and their son.
"We both come from large families," Jayne said. "Everyone is so excited."
He said that he and Jayne aren't planning to go to the preseason game at San Francisco next week, when the starters are expected to dominate the playing time, but maybe will go to a local bar or restaurant to watch the game with friends.
"People tell me that when Adam gets on the field, everyone gets quiet and watches," Jayne said. "Detroit Lakes is kind of a small town, and everyone here is happy and excited for him."
The final preseason game is back at the Metrodome, just a couple days before NFL teams have to reduce their roster. Adam remains a longshot, but getting this far was something that didn't seem possible a few years ago. He could end up on some team's practice squad, but he would have to go through waivers first.
"It's going to be an interesting next two weeks," Pete said.
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