3 recent players who were both Vikings and Falcons

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(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Brandon Fusco
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Brandon Fusco – OG

Brandon Fusco was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings way back in the 2011 NFL Draft. Fusco is the highest-drafted player ever from the small school of Slippery Rock. He worked his way onto Minnesota’s active roster as a rookie in 2011 and he appeared in three games for them that year.

Just a season later, Fusco was named a starter and he started every game but one during his next two years with the Vikings. His solid performance early in his career resulted in him being given a big $24.25 million contract extension from Minnesota in 2014. He remained with the Vikings for three more seasons before being released in 2017.

Following his departure from Minnesota, Fusco joined the San Francisco 49ers for a year. He started all 16 games for them in 2017 and he was looking to, once again, land a nice payday. Eventually, he signed a three-year deal with the Falcons during the 2018 offseason.

Fusco went on to win a starting job on Atlanta’s offensive line in 2018 and he started the first seven games of the season for them. Unfortunately, he broke his ankle during the Falcons’ Week 7 win over the New York Giants and he missed the rest of the year.

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He was released just last April by Atlanta after failing a physical and it is quite possible that his playing days are over. Still, for a guy from Slippery Rock, an eight-year NFL career with a couple of nice paydays from both the Falcons and Vikings is pretty impressive.