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Shock signee joins NFL's Vikings

RJ Archer is getting another shot at the NFL. (PICTURE ABOVE COURTESY OF MINNESOTA VIKINGS)
12/08/2010 10:57 AM -
The world of professional football really is small. Earlier this season, RJ Archer spent time in camp with the Minnesota Vikings after completing a decorated career at William & Mary.
His time with the Vikings proved to be short-lived, ending when future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre decided to return for one more season of professional football. The move opened the door for Archer to sign a contract with the Spokane Shock.  As it turned out, his time with the Shock was also short-lived.
Earlier this week, Archer’s agent received a phone call from the Vikings and offered Archer a practice squad contract after Favre suffered an injury.
Spokane placed Archer on the Other League Exempt list allowing Archer to take advantage of his opportunity with the Vikings.
“RJ earned this. This is exactly what we are trying to do for all of our players,” Head Coach Rob Keefe explained. “A lot of the guys on our roster are just that close to returning to the NFL. Our job is to help players reach their highest potential and achieve their goal of playing in the NFL.”
Archer is anxious to watch and learn as much as he can from one of his favorite players.
“Last time I was in Minnesota, I tried to absorb all the football knowledge I could. Really, I just want to make myself a better football player – whatever level I’m playing,” Archer explained. “I’m thrilled with a chance to watch Brett (Favre) practice. To learn from a Hall of Famer like him is pretty exciting. I grew up rooting for the guy, so it’s pretty cool. Whether you like him or not, he’s a good football player and he’s been great for a long time. A young quarterback can learn a lot from someone like that.”


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