Evoking memories of a Vikings great

GREEN BAY — It didn’t come as much of a surprise, but there were more people sporting No. 4 Vikings jerseys around Lambeau Field on Saturday than there were sporting No. 4 Packers jerseys. But it was a gentleman sporting two “4s” on his Vikings jersey that got my attention (that would be No. 44 for those not following me).

Chuck Foreman

Chuck Foreman rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times in his eight-year NFL career.

One fan donning a Chuck Foreman throwback jersey amid a crew of Vikings fans (and one Packers supporter — their host) was cooler than everybody in the building. I say that because growing up (I’m dating myself), Foreman was my favorite player. For those who don’t know, he was a beast of a running back who did things that even Reggie Bush can’t replicate.

If you doubt me, YouTube it.

Foreman had a spin move, going full speed, that frustrated defenders beyond belief. He also caught passes 30 and 40 yards downfield — something you don’t see today. You don’t even see running backs rocking No. 44 jerseys anymore. This crew of Vikings guys said they were having dinner with Foreman at Brett Favre’s steakhouse Saturday night. I might have to crash the party.

Anyway, this group of Vikings fans, college buddies who live in various parts of the country, said they’ve been going to Vikings-Packers games in Green Bay and Minneapolis for the past eight years. They said the environment for Minnesota’s 30-23 victory over the Packers in early October was “the most electric environment” they’d been in.

I’ve got a feeling that atmosphere will be outdone Sunday, regardless of the outcome.

And don’t forget, YouTube Chuck Foreman. No. 44 was a beast.

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