RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was more than just a normal practice day for the Rapid City Gold Football Team — it featured a special guest.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Chuck Foreman paid a visit to practice Saturday to watch and give some healthy advice to the players.
The event was organized by the coaching staff and several local businesses.
Head coach Tony Pigsley says that while it was great to have a member of the Vikings “Ring of Honor” stop by, his message to the players was more important than the appearance
“Biggest thing is the thing is that we preach to the kids and it’s nice to hear somebody from his stature saying it, grades have to come first,” Pigsley said. “School has to come first. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to get into trouble. It’s how you learn from that and how you react from that is what’s gunna change the path that you’re on.”
As for the former NFL player, it was about giving back.
Foreman said being a good player is more than just playing the game well — it’s about the choices you make.
“If you want to be the best, you know, it takes sacrifice, it takes hard work, dedication,” Foreman said. “You know, you gotta make good sound decisions, things like that. Those things come with it.”
The players also got signed memorabilia from foreman’s playing days.
Foreman also paid a visit to Heroes Magic and Sports Cards, where he signed memorabilia for the public.