Ten Questions for Visanthe Shiancoe of the Minnesota Vikings

M. EccherCorrespondent IMay 17, 2009

Ten Questions for Visanthe Shiancoe of the Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 21:  Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, on December 21, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Ima

1. In ’08, you put up career numbers across the board. What clicked?

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    TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Wide receiver Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

2. You’re trying to be “the best tight end in the NFL”—how do you need to improve to get there?

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    IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 21:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown with Visanthe Shiancoe #81 against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Texas Stadium on October 21, 2007 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald M

3. After four seasons as a backup in New York, did you wonder when—or if—your time would finally come?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03:  Visanthe Shiancoe #82 of the New York Giants looks on against the Dallas Cowboys at Giants Stadium on December 3, 2006 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

4. You haven’t missed a game in six seasons as a pro—what’s your secret?

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 19:  Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a reception against Corey Graham #21 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 19, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

5. As one of a handful of NFL players with British ties, what do you think of the possibility of a Super Bowl in London?

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Competitors run along the embankment and past Big Ben during the 2009 Flora London Marathon on April 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

6. As you’ve grown up in the league, have you learned to keep your eyes off the cheerleaders while the action is underway?

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 17:  The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders warm up before supporting the Dallas Cowboys Football team, in a match against the Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas on September 17, 2006.  Dallas won 27 - 10. (Photo by Brent St

7. Brad Childress and Tom Coughlin have reputations as a pair of hard-nosed coaches—what are the biggest differences between the two?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Head coach Tom Coughlin #10 of the New York Giants shouts against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGr

8.Who’s the best Morgan State Bear to play the game (present company excluded, of course)?

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9. Forget your cleats for a minute—how does it feel to be a shoe model?

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10. Are you at all annoyed that coming off a breakout season, your top hits in a Google search are all related to a locker-room wardrobe snafu?

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 11: Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Green Bay Packers on November 11, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 34-0. (Photo by Jonathan Dan