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Kleinsasser’s retirement alters the playbook

Jim Kleinsasser was used in a variety of roles during his 13 years with the Vikings. Without him and his versatility, the Vikings made some changes to what they are asking of the tight end position.
July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Notebook: Kleinsasser leaves ‘humbled’

Vikings TE Jim Kleinsasser played his last game Sunday at the Metrodome, saying he was humbled by the support he has been shown. Plus, get dozens of notes from Sunday's season finale.
January 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Kleinsasser looks back on 13 years in NFL

Jim Kleinsasser has spent 13 seasons' worth of Sundays flattening opponents with pancake blocks and paving the way for some of the game's great running backs. This Sunday will be his last. The Minnesota Vikings' battering ram is calling it a career. And it's been more than anyone could have imagined when the Vikings drafted him in the second round back in 1999....
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December 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Jim Kleinsasser: Big as the prairie

Jim Kleinsasser's body always stood out. His legend, here and back home in North Dakota, is even larger.
December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Report: Kleinsasser will retire at season's end

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn The longest-tenured Minnesota Viking, tight end Jim Kleinsasser, has decided to retire at the end of the season, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Kleinsasser, who would have become a free agent in the offseason, has played 13 years with the Vikings, starting 129 games and catching 192 passes for 1,688 yards. Known more for his excellent blocking than...
Via Fox Sports North
December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Vikings TE Kleinsasser to retire at end of season

Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser is set to call it a career at the conclusion of this season. Kleinsasser, 34, has played 13 campaigns with the Vikings - but wants to exit the game with his health. "I still feel like I can play," Kleinsasser said. "I'm walking away with two legs that work great and my head is still intact, so I think I feel good about...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Jim Kleinsasser will retire at the end of the year

It’s rare in this era of free agency to see one player spend his entire career with the same team. Especially when that career lasts 13 years. Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser confirmed he’s retiring at the end of the season after a long run with the Vikings. Minnesota drafted Kleinsasser in the second round…
Via Pro Football Talk
December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Vikings TE Kleinsasser ready to call it a career after 13 years

Jim Kleinsasser, a 13-year veteran with the Minnesota Vikings, has decided to retire from the NFL after this season.
December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Vikings want no part of record low win-total

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jim Kleinsasser has spent his entire 13-year career with the Minnesota Vikings after being a second-round pick in 1999. Kleinsasser has witnessed some extreme ups-and-downs during his career, but, like the rest of the 2011 Vikings, he doesn't have much interest in having his name be part of the lowest of lows in franchise history. At 2-11 with three games...
Via Fox Sports North
December 14, 2011  |  Discuss

The Vikings and University of North Dakota Get Funky

These are the little things we just don’t see around the NFL and the NCAA.   This all happened about two weeks ago.  Not that it’s big news but it’s certainly amusing to us.  The University of North Dakota had a production shoot at the Vikings facilities in Eden Prairie, MN, featuring current Viking and former UND student and football star, Jim Kleinsasser. In attendance...
Via Unathletic
November 07, 2011  |  Discuss
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