Skip to main content

Locke to use Freeman's jersey money to upgrade VA Medical Center

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

It seems like a simple NFL transaction.

Viking rookie punter Jeff Locke, who wore No. 12 for Minnesota before the acquisition of Josh Freeman, receives $10,000 from Freeman for the number when he signs with Minnesota.

While that may seem like a lot of money for a simple jersey number, athletes see it differently, and some are willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure they keep the number that means so much to them.

For Freeman, No. 12 was what he wore in high school at Grandview in Missouri, and he chose to give Locke $10K for it rather than wear the No. 5 he donned while in Tampa Bay.

The story seemed minor and complete, until today.

Locke, who switched to No. 18 when Freeman bought 12, is using the money he received to give to the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The sum will be used for improvements to a game room in the building located off Highway 62 near Fort Snelling.

Locke will make the pay-it-forward move official tomorrow on a trip to the VA Center, and he'll bring with him center Jon Sullivan, cornerback A.J. Jefferson, tight end Rhett Ellison, safety Brandon Bishop, and defensive end Justin Trattou.

This comes in the midst of the NFL's Salute to Service campaign, which culminated yesterday across the NFL with celebrations and thanks to those that have served and are currently serving in the armed forces.

But Locke's move isn't league mandated, required by the team, or part of a bigger cause.

It's just one he thought was right.

Next Up

monkeypox

Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

More cases are expected in the coming days and weeks, the health department says.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, June 29

One of the newly reported deaths was a person aged 15-19 from Yellow Medicine County.

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 10.19.37 AM

Drone drops bag of candy near kids fishing

A black SUV quickly left the area afterwards.

FLickr - AL Franken 2016 - Lorie Shaull

Al Franken to bring comedy tour to Minneapolis

Acme Comedy is hosting the former senator in late August.

Alabama

Alabama replaces Toby Keith as headliner at MN music festival

The Lakefront Music Festival is set to take place in Prior Lake on July 8-9.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old who died in Maple Grove crash identified

The crash happened last Thursday on County Road 81 in Maple Grove.

Image from iOS

Shooting inside Oakdale movie theater: Suspect on the run

A 23-year-old was shot while inside theater 17 around 10 p.m.

Gov. Tim Walz and Scott Jensen.

Walz, Jensen clash over 'extreme' abortion views

The two clashed over the topic on Tuesday, following the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 12.24.27 PM

Movie filming brings memorable day for MN teen with leukemia

Ayotzin Limon-Millard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 1.25.30 PM

Police trying to ID 'Playboy bandit' and 'no-pants raider' suspect

Police are calling the unidentified man "the Playboy bandit" and the "no-pants raider."

storm, severe, shelf cloud

Twin Cities under severe thunderstorm watch Tuesday afternoon

Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats.

Related