EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. On a summer Friday night, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder might be seen at Target Field cheering on the Twins' baseball team. A warm Saturday might bring him to Lake Minnetonka.
Look around the Twin Cities and there's a good chance the Vikings' second-year starting quarterback will be out in public. While some professional players try to keep to themselves, Ponder is enjoying all the aspects of being in Minnesota. He has met with fans, done community outreach and also been a willing participant in charity activities.
Ponder sees all this as his responsibility as the quarterback of the most popular team in the state. He has embraced his role as a team leader, but just as important to Ponder is embracing his role as the face of the Vikings.
"I know there's some guys that like to stay home and not really get out," Ponder said last month while attending the Vikings' playground build in Minneapolis. "But I love Minneapolis. I love being here, and I ...