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Vikings great reaches out with program to help players cope after football


Vikings Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller is spreading the word about his game plan for life after football.

WCCO Radio reports that Eller and attorney Jeff O'Brien are offering "Game Plan 2" to former players to help them adjust to life after the gridiron.

Eller tells the station that because of the extreme competition and the sacrifices players make to play the game, players need to find parachutes to help them land softly in life when their careers all over.

Eller, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, isn't afraid to address his own personal troubles after football, including a highly-publicized incident in 2008 where he had an alleged run-in with police after they tried to arrest him on suspicion of DUI.

The Vikings great says he wants to reach out to younger athletes to keep them out of trouble because they are "not well versed" in "social, emotional and psychological" areas.

Eller, who will turn 71 this week, played for the Vikings from 1964-1978, and ended his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1979.

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