Two summers ago, as the Vikings opened Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center to fans for their first training camp there, Stefon Diggs’ face was nearly impossible to miss. It was splashed into every nook and cranny of the sprawling facility, from the exhibit in the new team museum celebrating the receiver’s iconic “Minneapolis Miracle” to the floor-to-ceiling picture of the play in the Vikings’ media center.
Fans applauded giddily as Diggs leapt between defenders to haul in deep throws from new quarterback Kirk Cousins in practice. Cousins gushed about how lucky he was to have two hypercompetitive receivers in Diggs and Adam Thielen. And after the Vikings left the practice field on a sun-soaked afternoon on the final day of July 2018, General Manager Rick Spielman pulled Diggs in for an embrace before giving the wide receiver the floor to talk about his new five-year, $72 million contract.
“Stefon, not only what he does for us on the football field, but when I was talking to his mother and how proud she should be of him as a man and how he reps his name, how he reps the Minnesota Vikings off the field as well,” Spielman said that day.