Found August 08, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MANKATO, Minn. -- As a homegrown, Minnesota youngster, Adam Thielen spent hours trying to replicate Cris Carter's sideline-tightrope skills, stretching for receptions from his father and tumbling into a large beanbag chair at the family's Detroit Lakes house. LaMark Brown, meanwhile, used the youth fields of suburban St. Louis to work on emulating former Rams star Isaac Bruce and his field-stretching abilities. Years later, both circumstance and a common willingness to navigate a humble path brought them both to a mutual proving ground. This NFL preseason, the Minnesota State stars-turned-Vikings wide receiver hopefuls find themselves united at the same destination once again. And while the training camp existence of a fringe professional prospect can be a lonely, isolated one, Thielen and Brown feel right at home in Mankato, where their old stomping grounds' signage and architectural trim match their purple Nike practice jerseys. "Coming into pro football, its ...
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