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August 8, 2013

'Serious' Floyd gets his first chance tonight

MANKATO — If there's one thing fairly certain about Minnesota Vikings' rookie Sharrif Floyd's post-football career, it's that he probably won't make a living as a stand-up comedian.

According to the coaching staff, Floyd has been impressive during the first 11 days of training camp, and they're excited about watching him play in his first exhibition game tonight. And perhaps one of the reasons Floyd is thought of so highly to this point, is his demeanor.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle out of the University of Florida has been quite business-like in his approach to training camp. While some of the other players may be joking around or having some fun during down times, Floyd always seems to be serious.

His no-nonsense temperament was evident even on draft day when he was projected to be a Top 5 pick but slipped all the way to No. 23 in the first round.

"I really didn't care where I got drafted, I was just ready to get started with the team I was going to be with, and I'm glad to say I'm a Minnesota Viking," he said from camp this week. "It's great tradition here along that D-line, and hopefully I can carry the torch at some point."

While many of his teammates have admitted to being excited about tonight's game, Floyd doesn't look at it the same way.

"I'm not worried about the game," he said. "Right now I'm just focusing on today, and I'm going to come out to practice and get better. "

Pretty serious, right?

Defensive coordinator Alan Williams chuckles when he's asked about Floyd's resolute attitude.

"Every now and then I get a little peek of something different," Williams said. "What I mean by that is the non-serious side of Sharrif Floyd.

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