Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil says a big reason for his rookie success is the ability to remain focused on the task at hand.
But as the months turn colder in the Twin Cities, thoughts of the beach, glowing sunsets and mai-tais in January admittedly enter his mind from time to time.
Kalil leads all NFC left tackles in the Pro Bowl voting that runs until Dec. 17. This isn't based on reputation, popularity or big-name recognition like some of the frontrunners at other positions (cough, Jake Long, cough). Kalil's ability to stonewall some of the NFL's leading pass rushers and help pave the way for league rushing leader Adrian Peterson has drawn him well-deserved praise from media, his peers and Vikings coaches.
"I'm never really focused on the end of the year or where I'm going to be (playing-wise)," Kalil told FOXSports.com on Thursday at the team's Winter Park headquarters. "It's always just improving week by week. I think I've done a good job of that.
"It's hard to do....