Vikings’ Moritz Böhringer walks three miles to practice every day
It’s uncommon for an NFL player to look forward to grueling environment of training camp. But for Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Moritz Böhringer, it’s a blessing, as it makes his commute a lot easier. And a much shorter trek to boot, which is a good thing, because the German import makes the trip to practice on foot.
When the Vikings practice at their team facility in Eden Prairie, Böhringer hoofs it three miles each way, meaning he spends two hours total walking back and forth from practice.
But with the Vikings currently holding training camp in Mankato, Böhringer only has to walk to and from the dorms where players stay to the practice fields.
When asked during an interview with Transferwise about his pedestrian ways, Böhringer provided a pretty simple reason.
“The main reason why I walk everywhere is because I don’t have a car because I wanted to save money,” he said, as transcribed by CBS Sports. “Every morning I just walk to the facility, and in the afternoon I walk back.”
That’s a reasonable justification, given the rookie deal signed by Böhringer — an unproven player from Europe whom the Vikings selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft — only includes $150,000 in guaranteed money. Given he’s viewed as a project, there’s no guarantee he makes the Vikings team roster this season, so saving money by not buying a car certainly is fiscally responsible.
Still, his girlfriend, who is from the U.S., cannot believe he hasn’t bought a car.
“My girlfriend thinks it’s pretty crazy, because, like most Americans, she drives everywhere,” Böhringer said.
Even though Böhringer may be a long shot to be an NFL player, he already received some good news when the league allowed the use the umalat in his last name on the back of his jersey, meaning it will read “Böhringer,” not Boehringer, as how he was spelling it since arriving in the U.S.
Perhaps Böhringer will be the beneficiary of more good news come the end of training camp when it’s announced he’s made the team. And if he does? Let the six-mile round-trip walk to and from practice commence again.