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Video: Sports science with Christian Ponder

ESPN's Sport Science segment focuses on Christian Ponder, and shows how the Vikings' rookie can hit receivers on the run.
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ESPN's Sport Science segment focuses on Christian Ponder, and shows how the Vikings' rookie can hit receivers on the run.

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