Former Vikings putting on camp in Austin

Former Minnesota Vikings standouts Chuck Foreman and Carl Lee will be putting on a football camp in Austin on Saturday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Ellis Middle School gym. Following the event there will be a Feed the Family event from noon to 1 p.m. at the Austin Hy-Vee.

"We think the kids will enjoy it and the parents will, too," Foreman said.

The camp is open to the public. Foreman, a running back with the Vikings from 1973-79, and Lee, a cornerback with the team from 1983-93, will go over basic skills such as blocking, catching, running, tackling and pass coverage.

"I was doing camps about every year when I was playing," Lee said. "When I was coaching I'd do camps in the summer, but I got away from them. Hopefully it will take off."


After he retired from the NFL, Lee was the head football coach at West Virginia State University from 1995-2005, compiling a record of 34–75. The school was less than 10 minutes from where he grew up in South Charleston, W.Va. Lee, a three-time Pro Bowler with the Vikings, is now the project director of youth sports in South Charleston. He is also the president of the youth football league in the city.

"I really love that aspect of it," he said of dealing with kids.

Lee resides in his home state of West Virginia, but the 52-year-old returns to Minnesota every year.

"I usually always get back for the Arctic Blast (fund-raider) in February and when (former teammate) Joey Browner went into the (Vikings) Ring on Honor. A lot of the special events, I try to get back for."

Lee was in the news on Thursday as he was named to the Vikings All-Mall of America Field Team, comprised of players who played in the Metrodome.

"It makes you feel pretty good, that you're time there wasn't spent in vain," Lee said. "The historic names of the Vikings, just to be part of that is special."

Foreman, 63, was an iconic player of the past with the Vikings. He rushed for more than 5,000 yards with the team and helped guide the Vikings to three Super Bowls. The native of Frederick, Md., was a five-time Pro-Bowler with the Vikings. He still lives in Minnesota and resides in Eden Prairie.

"I'm pretty much dialed into a lot things as far as football goes," Foreman said.


Foreman is a substitute teacher up in the Twin Cities and does some radio work.

"I keep pretty busy," he said.

He's done some football camps in the past and hopes to continue doing some in the near future. Foreman said he can still get around well and is in good health "but I'm no spring chicken any more."

Marriage is in his near future, however. And his fiancee is an area woman, Becky Serence of Spring Valley.

"It's my first time (getting married)," Foreman said. "I'm excited about it."

He also keeps close tabs on how the Vikings do each season.

"I'm a big fan," he said. "I always hope they do better."

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