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Vikes' Pierce had regrets about opt-out, but made most of it

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Michael Pierce is 28 years old, entering what ought to be the prime of his career in the NFL as a run-stopping nose tackle.

In 2020, after he signed with the Minnesota Vikings but opted out of the season because of health concerns surrounding COVID-19, Pierce had an early vision of his retirement.

Parts of the picture were pretty, given ample, stress-free time for self-examination and goal-setting. He tried to pick up piano playing. He bought a dog. He focused on philanthropy, with the initiation of a family foundation. He dabbled in real estate dealings, aiming to ensure his parents don't have to worry about money. Well ahead of schedule, Pierce gained some valuable direction for his post-football life during quarantine in his native Alabama.

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NFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
xyz-Green Bay 1330.813
x-Chicago 880.500
Minnesota 790.438
Detroit 5110.313
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: K. Cousins4265
Pass TDs: K. Cousins35
Rush Yds: D. Cook1557
Rush TDs: D. Cook16
Rec Yds: J. Jefferson1400
Rec TDs: A. Thielen14
Int: H. Smith5
Sacks: I. Odenigbo3.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6292 (4)
Passing Yards: 4265 (12)
Rushing Yards: 2283 (5)
Points per game: 26.9 (11)
Yards per game: 393.3 (4)
Touchdowns: 55 (6)
Field Goals: 15 (31)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 6292 (27)
Passing Yards: 4267 (22)
Rushing Yards: 2151 (27)
Points per game: 29.7 (29)
Yards per game: 393.3 (27)
Touchdowns: 49 (25)
Field Goals: 35 (31)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/6 N. Vigil signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/30 X. Woods signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/30 D. Dozier re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/30 H. Hentges retired
3/29 M. Alexander signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/25 M. Cole traded for 2021 sixth-round draft pick
3/24 A. Abdullah re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/22 P. Peterson signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2021)
3/17 R. Hill Declared Free Agent
3/17 C. Beebe Declared Free Agent
Injuries
Date Player Status
1/3 J. Holmes groin (Out)
1/3 E. Kendricks calf (Out)
1/3 C. Dantzler hamstring (Out)
1/3 C. Jones groin (Out)
1/3 D. Bailey back (Questionable)
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