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IN MINNESOTA THEY GET THEIR KICKS
Joe Marshall
December 20, 1976
In a win over the New York Giants earlier this year, Minnesota Cornerback Nate Allen caught a blocked punt and ran for a touchdown. In his excitement, though, Allen committed a cardinal sin for a Bud Grant-coached player. He spiked the football.
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December 20, 1976

In Minnesota They Get Their Kicks

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As most Viking opponents now do, the Redskins no doubt will assign someone with a large body to play opposite the 5'10", 169-pound Nate Allen on kicks. "I get scared sometimes when I see these people." Allen says. "How do you think it feels for a little guy like me, knowing I may get my head knocked off, my legs whipped, my side punched or my chest crunched in." Allen pauses. "Of course, it doesn't hurt when you block a kick," he says. "It feels real good." Just don't spike the ball, Nate.

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