Workout comes first, Fitzgerald tells Ponder


As I type this, the heat index is 113 degrees here at NFC North blog headquarters. That's 97 degrees with a 77-degree dew point and 53 percent humidity for you amateurs.

So as much as I wanted to go watch NFL players work out at the University of Minnesota with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, I declined. I think my dog ate my homework while I was trying to find the cell phone that caused me to miss my flight.

Several local reporters did make the trek, and one episode caught my eye.

New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder joined the group for the first time and participated in the early going before heading out.

Apparently, Ponder had a meeting scheduled with his realtor.

Apparently, Fitzgerald had other ideas.

From Judd Zulgad's blog item in the Star Tribune:

Ponder stayed for the entire workout, although that was not his original plan. He was going to leave early because he needed to meet with his realtor -- Ponder is living in Rudolph's guest room right now -- but Fitzgerald told Ponder that the house hunting could wait.

"I'm supposed to be meeting with my realtor right now, so he told me just to call him and tell him we'll do it later," Ponder said.

Consider it a lesson learned -- courtesy one of the hardest-working players in the NFL.