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Asked recently to summarize the Minnesota Vikings season, defensive end Brian Robison offered a simple analogy.
"I guess you could say a roller coaster that stayed close to the ground most of the time, a kiddy coaster," Robison said.
Robison was describing Minnesota's 3-13 season, but the comparison can also apply to his first season as a starter. Only instead of staying close to the ground, Robison's season had its full complement of highs and lows.
The 6-foot-3, 259-pound Robison started strong before being slowed in the middle of the season as teams adjusted to Robison playing on the opposite side of All-Pro end Jared Allen. Robison ended on a high note, setting career highs across the board with 54 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
As players packed up after the season, Robison talked about how he's even more motivated going into the offseason.
"If anything I think it makes me a little more hungry," Robison...
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