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Priefer felt 'very strongly' about releasing Kluwe

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Apparently former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wasn't a wanted man in Minnesota -- at least not by Vikings special teams coordinator, Mike Priefer.

Priefer tells the Pioneer Press that he felt "very strongly" that Kluwe had to go following the 2012 season.

Contrary to popular belief, Kluwe's release had everything to do with performance and nothing to do with his beliefs.

"A lot of people like to write and report that he and I didn't get along," Priefer said. "I have a lot of respect for Chris Kluwe, based on what he's done in his career, as a man and as an athlete. For anybody who stands up for what he believes in, like Chris did, I have a lot of respect for guys like that."

Kluwe ranked 17th in the NFL with a net average of 39.7 yards per punt last season -- a career high.

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