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March 24, 2014

Dean excited to still be a Viking

TIFTON — Minnesota Viking Larry Dean came home to Tifton last week to talk to children around town. It was his first visit home since re-signing for two more years with the Vikings last month.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to continue playing for the Vikings, and for them to want me back on the team,” said Dean. “They got with my agents and it only took a day and a half to work out a deal.”

Dean is specifically excited because it means he can continue to be a role model for youth in the area.

“I love setting a good example for the kids. I have nieces, nephews and smaller cousins and I want to continue to be a good role model for them, because I know they look up to me,” said Dean.

On the football field in 2013, Dean had a good year with the Vikings. He continue to be the team’s special teams ace, as he tied the NFL-high in special team tackles in one game, garnering four against Baltimore during week 14 of the regular season.

The Baltimore game was also the first time he had ever played in snow.

“It was fun. It’s probably the dream of any football player to play in those types of conditions,” said Dean. “It didn’t change the game that much, but it was still fun.”

Dean went back to Minnesota this week to prepare for the team’s first organized team activity on April 7.

You can keep up with Dean on his Twitter account, @ChampDean_5one.

“I try to respond to anyone that drops me a line and says hi,” said Dean.

He will return home later though to hold his annual back-to-school day, as well as his football and cheerleading camps. Those will be in either late June or early July.

“I look forward to those every year, because it’s a chance to give back to the community. It’s also a chance to show kids that you can make dreams come true, even if you are from little Tifton, Ga.,” said Dean.

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