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Big, bad Leroy carries load for Vikes

Updated: October 26, 1999, 12:26 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bulldozing Leroy Hoard has been the perfect complement to speedy Robert Smith in the Minnesota Vikings' backfield since joining the team in 1996.

On Sunday, Hoard had to do most of the legwork himself, and he responded with one of the best games of his career.

Hoard rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Smith to help Minnesota rout San Francisco 40-16 at the Metrodome.

Hoard, however, said he shouldn't receive too ...

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