Erin Henderson was kind enough to take some time and answer a few questions for all of us fans here on the Sports Gab Network with Vikings Gab writer Mike Halldorson.
Mike: How are you spending the offseason? Any big vacations? What types of training do you do? Are you training with any other NFL players?
Erin: I have really just been trying to relax as much as possible. We don’t have much free time during the season so it feels good to be able to sit around and do nothing from time to time. I do the basic training at the facility that the Vikings ask us to complete as well as working out at EJ’s facility on Fridays. I also started doing yoga as well this year to help loosen me up a little bit.
Mike: Do you look forward to mini-camps and OTAs at all? Or are they just a pain in the player’s ass?
Erin: I look forward to any chance I have to put on a Viking uniform and go out and show and prove. As a free agent you can never let an opportunity to prove to your coaches and teammates that you belong pass you by. At the same time I have learned that the coaching staff may not put the same emphasis on it as I do but I know they are watching none the less.
Mike: What do you expect your role to be this year?
Erin: As of right now I believe the Vikings want to see me become a special teams ace. I’m all for it if that’s what is needed of me. However, I believe I will go out there this year and really put some pressure on them to take a serious look at me as the starting will backer, or at least work my way into some kind of rotation.
Mike: You’re a huge reason our ST has improved so much, think you could out do Farwell and be a Pro Bowler this year? (Certainly pulling for you)
Erin: That’s hard to say. Farwell has done an excellent job on special teams since entering the league and has worked hard to become one of the best, as is evident with his Pro Bowl berth this past season. I just want to continue to work to be the best I can be and if that means I make my way to the pro bowl than I am all for it.
Mike: Even though E.J. has been hurt (is he coming along o.k.?) it has to be great playing with your brother, what is the sibling rivalry like when you’re playing on the same team, same D, even so close as both being LBs?
Erin: EJ has recovered great from his injury and I think he is outdoing anyone’s expectations as to where he would be right now. I love playing on the team with my brother. Nothing like having a best friend that you can always talk with about anything at anytime and know that he is going to know exactly what you’re going through. We have a sibling rivalry that would rival even the worse cases. But it is all in fun and games. We might make a bet about a certain practice to see who makes the most plays. Loser may have to carry the other person’s pads in, or treat to lunch. Things like that. We compete at just about everything. On the field and off. We are each other’s biggest critics and biggest cheerleaders at the same time. I think friendly competition like we have will do nothing but make us both better in the future. Think about this Vikes fans…2 Hendersons on the field at the same time making every play there is to be made trying to outdo the other. Scary thought!
Mike: Erin, thanks so much for your time!