Rashad won't miss it quite as much, but he'll miss it just the same. "I'd just die when it was cold," he said. "Listen, is Bud around? I'll tell you this. Sometimes he used to give me a hand-warmer he kept in his pocket on real cold days. I think he saw that I wanted to leave because it was so cold.
"But I always felt the cold out here gave me an advantage, because the footing wasn't very good and I knew where I was going. There were so many big plays made when the defender slipped. Some of them went against us, too. But that kind of thing was synonymous with Viking history. You had to concentrate to play in this weather. You know what the hardest catch is to make? A five-yard out in five-degree weather.
"The big reason we had an advantage in the cold is that we knew there was nothing you could do. When it's five degrees, it's five degrees. George Allen used to try all sorts of things. He'd bring his team in here a week early, lose, then the next time come in a day early, lose again. The only thing you could do was prepare yourself mentally for the cold, and that's what we did."
Former Viking great Fran Tarkenton told Coleman the key to beating the cold was keeping the feet warm. "Once the feet go, forget it," Coleman said. "So I'd change socks and shoes after pregame warmups and again at halftime. Hey, I paid my dues here. I'm not going to miss that cold.
"O.K., the cold weather was a big part of Viking history," the punter said. "I'll have some nostalgia for it. But only until fourth down."