NFL training camps are hard. Players are out there in the brutal mid-summer heat, in full pads (on some days) and helmets, going all out in fear of being cut or being yelled at by coaches. When practice ends, they attend team meetings and study the team playbook. Then they go to bed, only to do it all again the next day.
Minnesota Vikings rookie Moritz Boehringer’s day involves even more effort than most of his teammates. Why? Because he doesn’t own a car and walks to practice.
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This wouldn’t be much of an issue if Boehringer, a German wide receiver taken in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, lived a few minutes away from the Vikings practice facilities. But Boehringer lives three miles away, in Mankato, Minnesota, which means he makes a 6-mile round trip every day—on foot. Put that mileage on top everything else he’s doing in his first training camp and, well, let’s hope the dude has the strongest legs on the team.
“The main reason why I walk everywhere is because I don’t have a car because I wanted to save money,” Boehringer told TransferWise in a recent interview. “Every morning I just walk to the facility, and in the afternoon I walk back.”
That’s actually prudent behavior for Boehringer, since his sixth-round rookie contract guarantees him only $150,000. Still, the last thing most of us would want to do after practicing for a few hours is to walk three miles.
Props to Boehringer, though. Let’s just hope his treks back and forth don’t leave him out of gas halfway through his first NFL season.
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