After 13 years with Vikes, retiring Kleinsasser says he's 'blessed'

Tight end Jim Kleinsasser wrapped up a 13-year career with Minnesota Sunday in the Vikings' 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Afterwards, he told reporters he felt "like the most blessed man in the world."
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Tight end Jim Kleinsasser wrapped up a 13-year career with Minnesota Sunday in the Vikings' 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Afterwards, he told reporters he felt "like the most blessed man in the world."

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