A former special teams ace for the Minnesota Vikings has reportedly landed a role as the Buffalo Bills special teams coordinator for the 2019 NFL season.
In today’s NFL, it’s not uncommon to see a hard-working NFL player stay in the industry after retirement and take on a job as a coach, analyst, liaison to a team. Plus, it is rewarding as a Minnesota Vikings fan to see someone from the organization make that transition.
Fans of the Minnesota Vikings will remember Heath Farwell as a special teams ace. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State in 2005, the linebacker quicly became a contributor. He earned the special teams MVP award for the Vikings in 2006, proving his value.
Farwell was voted the 2010 Pro Bowl special teams special teams starter for the NFC but moved on to the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a member of the Super Bowl XLVIII championship squad.
After 10 seasons as a player, Farwell retired from play and returned in 2016 as a special teams assistant coach for the Seahawks. From there, he moved to Carolina to have the same role in 2017 and now will reportedly get his first shot as the unit’s coordinator with the Buffalo Bills.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are stuck looking for their own special teams coordinator after news hit that Mike Preiefer would not be returning in that capacity. It would have been interesting to see Heath Farwell return to the purple and gold to take that position, but instead, the hunt for a person to fill the role continues.
Best of luck to Heath Farwell in his new position!