MANKATO, Minn. -- Christian Ponder can look around the Minnesota Vikings locker room and see several faces of proud veteran players who've come close or reached the pinnacle of the NFL because they've played with great quarterbacks.
Brett Favre. Aaron Rodgers. Ponder has almost become linked to the two standouts simply because of his association with Minnesota and the older teammates that inhabit the Vikings' locker room. In essence, minus a six-game run by Donovan McNabb at the start of the 2011 season, Ponder has been Favre's replacement.
Some of the veterans that now rely on Ponder once put their complete trust in Favre. He brought the likes of Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Chad Greenway as close to the Super Bowl as they've been in that fateful 2010 NFC Championship game. Even Ponder's newest teammates, such as receiver Greg Jennings, bring a new comparison. Many want to know what Jennings see in Ponder after his years catching passes from Rodgers.
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