Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback trying out for CFL team

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Josh Freeman
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Josh Freeman /

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman is still attempting to keep his professional football career alive with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

The 2013 season was certainly not one to remember for the Minnesota Vikings. A 5-10-1 record and the NFL’s worst defense led to the Vikings firing head coach Leslie Frazier following the team’s final game against the Detroit Lions.

One of Minnesota’s most infamous moments from 2013 came from their Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Giants ended up coming out with the victory, but much of the Vikings’ failures that night were due to the play of quarterback Josh Freeman.

Freeman completed just 20 of his 53 passes for 190 yards and one interception against New York.

His performance was not too surprising though. Freeman joined Minnesota just 14 days before the game against the Giants and he barley had time to learn the offense.

Minnesota Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings

But with just one win through six weeks, the Vikings were hoping that Freeman starting under center would provide the team with a spark. Plans didn’t exactly go accordingly for Minnesota and the quarterback.

That night would end up being Freeman’s only appearance on the field for the Vikings in 2013. Since his disaster of a time in Minnesota, the quarterback has had stints with the Giants, Miami Dolphins, and Indianapolis Colts.

Now 30-years-old and still looking to play football for a living, Freeman is now competing for a job in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes. He’s and six other quarterbacks are currently trying out for a spot on the Alouettes, whose current head coach happens to be former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman.

There’s no guarantee that Freeman will end up on Montreal’s final roster. But after already making millions during his NFL career, the former Vikings quarterback admits this CFL tryout is not for the money.

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He’s just hoping to have fun playing football again.