Parkston native Riley Reiff returned to South Dakota over the weekend for the third annual Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire Celebrity Golf and Walleye Classic. Our KELOLAND team was there and caught up with the current Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman.
As South Dakota native Riley Reiff prepares for his seventh NFL season, he also spends time giving back.
"Anytime you can help the younger generations and really make an impact to them that means a lot to me and you know this is a great cause and you know I like to help any way I can, especially in the state of South Dakota," Reiff said.
The Parkston grad is now entering his second season with the Minnesota Vikings and his second straight season with a new starting quarterback.
"Every quarterback I've played with in the NFL's been a great guy. It's fun playing for them, blocking for them, and you kind of, you take that personal, you know, keeping them clean and keeping them healthy," Reiff said.
The Vikings are coming off a 14-4 season and a loss in the NFC championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I think there's still a taste in our mouth that you know we're trying to get rid of and you know we're just in the beginning phases right now and hopefully we can put a run together this year again and you know hopefully a little different outcome," Reiff said.
Reiff was on the field during the Vikings "Minneapolis Miracle" which helped them advance to their first NFC title game since 2009, when Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs down the sideline to give Minnesota the 29-24 win.
"Right away after it happened it was like, 'Is this really happening? Did I get called for holding or something?' but it was great, brought a lot of juice to us," Reiff said.
With training camp just a month away, Reiff and the Vikings are gearing up for another run deep into the postseason.
"It all starts in training camp, grinding down those hard summer days but you know all we can do is put our hard work forward and see what happens from there," Reiff said.
Reiff and the Minnesota Vikings begin training camp on Friday, July 27 at the new TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minnesota.
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