Program helps supplements players' salaries

Vikings' Brian Russell was one of three $100,000 recipients of the NFLPA's "performance based pay" program.

Updated: March 13, 2004, 12:12 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Little more than a spare part during his first two years in the league, Minnesota Vikings free safety Brian Russell intercepted nine passes in 2003, tying for the NFL lead. He also started all 16 contests and, more amazingly for a player who spent 2001 on the practice squad and 2002 on special teams, Russell was on the field for all 955 defensive snaps.

For the former deed, Russell commanded some notice, but he still wasn't selected to the NFC Pro Bowl squad. For the latter accomplishment, ...

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