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Dalvin Cook reveals ‘Swiss chard’ line was part of ‘Tonight Show’ bit

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook delivered a nonsensical line about Swiss chard a few weeks ago to explain how he has been running roughshod over NFL defenses this season. It turns out the bizarre quip was all part of a bit for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” that aired earlier this week.

After romping for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Cook said, “I run yards like Swiss chard … it is what it is.”

The line was unsurprisingly met with quizzical reactions by reporters and fans, but now it’s clear what inspired it. Given the segment, named “Drop It In,” aired on Fallon’s show on Monday, Cook addressed his role in the hijinks.

“They gave me a script and there were some lines that I had to pick from,” Cook said of his participation in the bit on Wednesday, via ESPN. “I thought that was the best one coming off the game we had. I had to come up with — how can I throw this in there without anybody catching it? And that was the hard part. I had to keep a straight face because I didn’t even know what it meant, either. It was crazy.”

NFL players who joined Cook in pulling off the league-wide press conference prank included Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Cook admitted Wednesday Swiss chard was a completely foreign thing to him, but the line fitted his role on offense.

“I think they gave me the line about the maple syrup, the one Gronkowski used,” Cook said. “But it was like, I’m a running back, so I’m running yards, so this is the best one for me. It’s funny though.”

The entire “Drop It In” segment follows.