We’re Black and Blue All Over:
Here’s a relevant and surprising story amid the news of Sunday night: Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is a former U.S. Naval helicopter pilot who once ferried Navy SEALS to operations in the Persian Gulf and near Somalia. Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story.
Priefer: "We had an objective, we achieved an objective and nobody was injured -- that's the mission. I'm very proud of them, top to bottom. This whole country has to be proud of what our guys accomplished over there. It's a great moment to be an American."
Now 44, Priefer departed the Navy in 1994 and has been coaching in the NFL since 2002.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press speaks with former Vikings and Florida State quarterback Brad Johnson about the team’s No. 1 draft choice, Christian Ponder. Johnson: “It doesn't matter where you're picked or what people think of you. It's what you do."
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reviews the Vikings’ draft.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune gives the Vikings a “C” for this draft.
Green Bay Packers draft pick Ricky Elmore trained with some Matthewses before the draft, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers seventh-round pick Lawrence Guy overcame attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, according to Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Brian VanOchten of Mlive.com grades the Detroit Lions’ draft.
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz tells Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune what he likes about rookie quarterback Nathan Enderle.