Beloved Vikings QB lands on his feet again
A Minnesota Vikings preseason god returns to his throne — in the USFL.
the folk Kyle Sloter was drafted this week by the New Orleans Breakers in the 2022 USFL Draft.
The USFL was active for three years in the 1980s, going dormant for nearly 40 years thereafter. Now — at least for a while — it’s back, and fringe NFL players are filling the rosters.
The league has eight teams:
New Jersey Generals
New Orleans thugs
Tampa Bay Bandits
And Sloter will rule New Orleans.
Undrafted from the University of Northern Colorado, Sloter found his way to the neighboring Denver Broncos in 2017. With the Broncos, Sloter was great during the preseason but was ultimately cut before the start of the regular season. 2017. After that, Sloter joined the Vikings, remaining on the roster for two years. To date, Sloter has never thrown a regular season pass — in six NFL seasons — but fans absolutely insist he’s the real deal. As a preseason participant, Sloter owns an 11 touchdown-to-interception split, totally dazzling Broncos and Vikings fans.
But NFL coaches have never agreed. Sloter rebounded from leaving the Vikings, auditioning with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Las Vegas Raiders. Again, much like the circumstances with the Broncos and Vikings, he never really got it during the regular season.
Luckily for Sloter, he can bring his god status to the USFL, a league hoping to emulate the XFL but with staying power. Other unlucky NFL quarterbacks were also drafted. Shea Patterson, Clayton Thorson and Kyle Lauletta, for example, found new USFL homes this week.
here is How? ‘Or’ What Fox Sports describe the choice of the Sloter to the Breakers:
“Sloter originally signed with Miss South but traded to Northern Colorado after the Golden Eagles traded him to catcher. Northern Colorado also played the athletic Sloter in other positions, but once he became the QB he passed for 2,656 yards and 29 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. This landed him a job at Denver Broncos in 2017, which ultimately cut him despite passing for 413 yards in the preseason that year.
– Fox Sports
The Breakers Sloter selection is an easy rootable marker for Vikings fans. For Vikings loyalists looking to shake up the USFL fairly, cheering on the 28-year-old Sloter seems like an obvious choice. So, for once in a lifetime, Vikings fans are in cahoots with a New Orleans sports product.
USFL kicks off April 16and.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).