Donovan McNabb lines up to throw me a pass. I didn't catch it

Defensive End Jared Allen watches 7-on-7 scrimmage at training camp on Wednesday

We bused a group of north metro political and business leaders to Mankato this morning for a meeting with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and Vice President Lester Bagley. We had the opportunity to watch the morning practice from the sidelines with the owner, then participated in a quick press conference about the new stadium in Arden Hills, before we retired to the players’ dining hall for lunch with the team. All in all a great day for our project and a chance to answer questions for a group of local partners who will help ensure the development’s success.

We had a chance to chat with head coach Leslie Frazier and several players, including defensive end Jared Allen, QB Christian Ponder, kicker Ryan Longwell, wide receiver Percy Harvin and linebacker E.J. Henderson. Jared Allen had the quote of the day, when talking with Ramsey County Commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega about the new Arden Hills stadium. He said, “Let’s get it built before I have to retire.”

Here are some more pictures from our visit to Mankato: