Minnesota Vikings news: Eric Kendricks selling art for COVID-19 relief

Eric Kendricks #15 of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Eric Kendricks #15 of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Vikings’ Eric Kendricks is coming off a great season and is doing other great things by raising money for charity.

It’s no secret NFL players, both with the Minnesota Vikings and elsewhere, can have a bunch of talents that don’t directly relate to football. In fact, many superstars have gone on to do great things outside of the sport following their gridiron career.

This year’s Minnesota Vikings squad has some of those talented individuals on their roster.

One player in particular who has been showcasing their talents has been linebacker Eric Kendricks. The purple and gold defender who had a career year in 2019 finds comfort in painting on a canvas and was recently highlighted in a Twitter post from the NFL.

Here is the post on Twitter showing some of Kendricks’ work and why the linebacker is parting with some of his pieces for a good cause:

The way Kendricks likens art to football is interesting. The way he plays on the field does seem like a work of art considering how excellent he performed in coverage, run support and rushing the passer in 2019.

Sadly, there is a lot more to life than just football. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people live their lives, and it impacted Kendricks and his family in a major way when his grandfather passed away nearly two weeks ago due to COVID-19 complications.

Minnesota’s star linebacker finds comfort in painting and wants to use that talent for a good cause. Those who follow Kendricks’ Instagram account have likely seen his paintings for sale. If they sell, he matches the cost and donates that to those impacted by COVID-19.

Here is an example of one of his paintings:


While the price tag for these paintings are fairly steep, with each one so far having a cost of $1,000 each, it’s great to know all of the money from the sale as well as Kendricks’ matched funds make this one-of-a-kind piece of art one Minnesota Vikings fans can treasure forever.

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And it certainly shows the humanitarian side of Kendricks, too, which is what matters most.