The Minnesota Vikings opened their rookie minicamp on May 5th and former USF standout Rodney Adams was among them. Adams was selected in the fifth round by Minnesota in hopes that his speed can be a threat in this Vikings offense. Adams also is expected to take reps as kick returner as well.
Here’s an article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adams joining the Vikings on the field for the first time:
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) May 9, 2017
The road for Adams has not been easy, however. Growing up, he attended Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FL where he also lived with his mom and little brother, Antonio Blount. Adams played with a myriad of recent athletes to have graduated from Lakewood and make it to the NFL.
A few of those notable names include former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Louis Murphy, Seattle’s third round draft pick Shaquill Griffin, and Jacksonville’s first round pick in 2015 Dante Fowler Jr.
While Adams was able to have success on the field with these outstanding players, he was recruited to play football at the University of Toledo. He played very little during his freshman year at Toledo and would soon return to Florida under some difficult circumstances.
As the article talks about: In November of 2013, Adams received a message from his grandmother to inform him of the news that his mother was killed in a tragic car accident. During this time of heartbreak, he made one of the toughest decisions of his life. Adams would move back to Florida to become the legal guardian of his little brother, Blount, who was 16 at the time.
Adams transferred to USF in hopes to continue his collegiate football career and was able to do so as the NCAA granted him a hardship waiver. This waiver allowed Adams to be eligible to play in the 2014 season without anything holding him back.
Since his mother’s accident, Adams has dedicated his entire playing career to him mom. He set school records for receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns in a single season while at USF. After his senior season, he received American Athletic Conference second-team receiver honors and was a candidate for the Biletnikoff award for best wide receiver in the nation.
While it wasn’t a game last weekend, Adams looks to continue the success he had in college with Minnesota, and that is now underway.