It was announced earlier this morning that former Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson was hired as the Minnesota Vikings to act as Youth Football Manager.
The news was delivered on the official Minnesota Vikings twitter account today. Here is the tweet that was sent out:
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 13, 2014
According to the Vikings.com website, here are the duties of the Youth Football Manager:
- Develop new community-based youth football initiatives
- Focus on health and safety issues
- Expand Vikings programming in Greater Minnesota. Henderson
- Assist with all Vikings youth football programs, including the Vikings of Tomorrow, USA Football, Community Quarterback Awards, the All-State High School Football Team, and Heads Up Football.
Vikings president and owner Mark Wilf had this to say about the new hire:
“E.J. has been a special part of the Vikings organization for many years as a player and alumni member, and we are thrilled to have him join us as part of our front office staff. He has always had a commitment to the Minnesota community, and this role will be an excellent fit for him and the Vikings.”
Upon finding out about being hired, here is the statement from E.J. Henderson regarding his new position:
“I was fortunate to play my entire NFL career with the Vikings, during which time I grew to love this community and this state. Staying committed to youth outreach after retiring from football has been important to me, and to be given the opportunity to bring that passion as part of the Vikings family is an opportunity I greatly appreciate.”
Congratulations to E.J. Henderson and the Minnesota Vikings on a great hire for a valuable position in the community. I expect great things from both E.J. Henderson and the Vikings concerning the community programs in the future.