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'Made in Minnesota': Vikings' Thielen writes his home-grown story

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) following the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

By now, most diehard, casual and non-casual Minnesota Vikings fans know of wide receiver Adam Thielen's journey to the NFL.

Thielen, a Detroit Lakes, Minn., native, was given a $500 scholarship by the head football coach to attend Minnesota State University Mankato, a Division II program.

"I didn't even know there was such a thing as a $500 scholarship," Thielen wrote. "That wasn't even going to be enough to cover my books."

Thielen would go on to accept the "scholarship" because, as Thielen writes, "I just wanted to keep playing football."

That itch and that love for football would continue to drive Thielen down an extremely difficult and improbable path towards achieving his dream of one day making it to the NFL.

You can read about, in detail, Thielen's journey to the NFL in his own words in "The Players' Tribune" by clicking here.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson