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Saturday, April 30, 2016

NFL's Vikings draft German wide receiver Boehringer

Los Angeles (AFP) - The Minnesota Vikings made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer the first European drafted directly to the NFL on Saturday, taking him in the sixth round.
Boehringer got interested in the gridiron game five years ago at the age of 17 -- when he saw a video of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson's team took him with the 180th selection overall in the 2016 draft that began on Thursday.
"I can't describe how I feel right now, just happy to be drafted," said Boehringer, who played four years in a German league but unlike the other Europeans who have made it to the NFL has never played in North America.
Germany's Bjoern Werner, for example, was drafted in the first round in 2013 by the Indianapolis Colts after playing collegiate football at Florida State University.
"I follow the Vikings, just because (Peterson) brought me to football," Boehringer told an NFL Network television interviewer minutes before he got the call from the team -- who were urged on by NFL Network commentator Mike Mayock.

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