Former Vikings wide receiver is a jacked bodybuilder now

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Greg Jennings
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Greg Jennings /

Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings is in pretty decent shape these days.

Back in the 2013 offseason, the Minnesota Vikings were looking to add more weapons to their passing attack after Adrian Peterson carried the team on his back all the way to the playoffs.

The Vikings also needed to find a replacement for Percy Harvin, who was traded in March of 2013 to the Seattle Seahawks for three draft picks (including a first-rounder).

So when the 2013 free agency period finally began, Minnesota broke out the big boy checkbook and signed former Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings to a five-year contract worth $47.5 million. The Vikings envisioned Jennings as their new No. 1 receiver.

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is now a competitive bodybuilder.

Unfortunately for Minnesota and Jennings, his tenure with the team did not go as planned. He only ended up lasting two seasons in the Twin Cities before the Vikings ultimately decided to release him in 2015.

Jennings went on to spend one more year in the NFL as a member of the Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2016 and getting into television as a sports analyst.

Recently, the former Minnesota receiver revealed on his Instagram account that he’s been training to become a bodybuilder. Yes, you read that right.

Jennings announced on his Instagram account in November of 2019 that he was beginning a journey to compete in his first bodybuilding competition. Back on June 27, the former Vikings receiver revealed that his hard work had paid off and he had earned his first pro card in bodybuilding, meaning he can now take part in events against other professional bodybuilders.

Jennings posted recently that his first pro competition will take place in a few months and until then, he’s going to continue keeping everyone updated with his progress on his Instagram account.

During his two seasons in a Minnesota uniform, Jennings appeared in 31 games and managed to haul in a total of 127 passes for 1,546 yards, and 10 touchdowns. His best performance in purple came in 2013 during the Vikings’ Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles when he finished with 11 catches for 163 yards and one score.

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Was Jennings lack of success in Minnesota due to the quarterbacks he had throwing him the ball? Probably, but his departure in 2015 did ultimately open the door to the Vikings drafting some guy by the name of Stefon Diggs. So maybe Jennings’ tenure in Minnesota actually did work out?