Former Vikings QB falls short in USFL championship quest

Kyle Sloter

Kyle Sloter and the New Orleans Breakers made a fabulous effort to try to qualify for the 2022 USFL Championship, but fell short on Saturday night, losing to the Birmingham Stallions, 31-17.

Sloter completed 22 passes on 40 attempts for 327 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Minnesota Vikings fans have watched Sloter and the Breakers from afar over the past few months as the quarterback was a preseason legend in Minnesota. Sloter was named to the All-USFL team earlier in June.

The former Viking served as backup quarterback for Minnesota for three seasons (2017, 2018, 2021). Sloter was consistently playing like a god in pre-season games, leading to an unusual number of fans clamoring for his promotion on the depth chart. But that never happened.

Since 2017, Sloter has auditioned for seven NFL teams but has never been on the field for a regular season pass. But in the USFL, he found some glory – and vindication – with the Breakers.

April 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; New Orleans Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports.

A 2022 USFL MVP contender, the next step for Sloter will be waiting on the phone to see if another NFL team calls right after the USFL concert. Sloter showed off his skills should translate to at least one QB3 job in the NFL, but whether that materializes remains to be seen.

On the other side of the USFL’s postseason bracket, another former Viking will be heading to the title game. Quarterback Case Cookus and the Philadelphia Stars picked up a victory over the New Jersey Generals to advance to the championship next weekend.

Cookus was signed by the Vikings in early August 2021 when several quarterbacks entered a coronavirus quarantine. He was waived three days later.

The USFL Championship between the Stars and the Stallions will take place on Sunday, July 3 in Canton, Ohio.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. 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).

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