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August 13, 2013

Loeffler becomes leader by doing things right

Snapper ranks second in tenure with the Vikings

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Though he can't kick or punt, he can answer questions about situations that come up in a game.

"When things start getting out of line, I get them back in line," he said. "I've played the longest, and I've had enough time in the league where I've seen almost every situation. I'm not there to coach but to help them analyze the situation."

Locke said he's leaned heavily on Loeffler, who was an undrafted free agent in 2004, as he makes the transition from college to pro. Locke asks a lot of questions, not just about football but things like where is the best place to live.

"He's such a big influence, and I think Blair would tell you the same thing," Locke said. "He's not going to yell at you, but he leads by example with his work ethic and he encourages you.

"Off the field, he's been through it all, and he can tell you where he messed up and the things he did right."

Loeffler has survived by working hard and not making mistakes. Priefer said he's never seen Loeffler make a bad snap, which would be one that doesn't hit the target, but there have been a few "less than perfect" snaps.

"He leads the way by his work ethic and example," Priefer said. "He never complains, just comes out to work every day, every practice and gets his job done."

Loeffler said it's amazing how fast his first nine seasons have gone, with the daily grind sometimes overshadowing each season. He said he's never had a snap that caused a failed punt or kick, but he's not always happy with the crispness or location of the ball.

Whatever he's done, it's turned into a nine-year career that he takes one game at a time.

"I'm really excited that I've been able to stay with the same team the whole time," Loeffler said. "When you're in the routine, it seems like the season really drags, but then you see that nine years have gone by a lot faster than I expected."

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