Ponder, Vikings hitting the weights

Christian Ponder's offseason is completely different from last year. Without a lockout, he's entering his second year with a full offseason, and he's taking advantage of it by working hard in the weight room.
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Christian Ponder's offseason is completely different from last year. Without a lockout, he's entering his second year with a full offseason, and he's taking advantage of it by working hard in the weight room.

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