Moritz Böhringer’s Vikings Setback Puts His Pro Football Dream on the Line

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany’s Moritz Böhringer became a bit of a media sensation when he became the first NFL player to be drafted from another country with no prior US football experience back in May, but after being cut from the team this weekend, he is going to have to take a step back to focus on fine-tuning his skill.

Despite not making the cut, the Vikings aren’t ready to give up on Böhringer entirely. He was immediately signed on to the teams practice squad where he can gain some of the needed experience and hopefully be ready for the big league next season.

“The feel-good story is over”

Quite a few Vikings fans were drawn into his story, so the move to not squash his dreams was probably a smart move, but he does have to be careful to not let his new stardom get to his head.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked about Böhringer’s story back in May, and he made it clear that he wasn’t a fan of the hype. In a press conference, he said “I want him to be here playing football and not being a celebrity. I’ve given him a hard time already about being on TV shows and stuff like that. It’s football now and it’s time to work. The feel-good story is over.”

Sources: SBNation, Minnesota Vikings

Photo: ©NFL UK / Twitter

Stephen Fuchs
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