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Jerick McKinnon returns home with plenty of motivation

Jerick McKinnon returns home with plenty of motivation
Published On: Sun, Dec 03
Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (21) carries the ball against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Many thought the 2017 Vikings were done the moment Dalvin Cooks ACL popped against the Lions. But a two-headed replacement has served the team well " and one of those two players has extra reason to have a great game on Sunday in Atlanta.

Jerick McKinnon grew up in Georgia, and as he returns home hes thinking about those who doubted that hed get to where he now is.

I had a coach at [Marietta Middle School], McKinnon said this week, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. I remember it like it was yesterday. He said I was too small and I was going to get hurt. He said it to my dad because I wasnt playing much that season and he asked him about it.

Ive got a chip on my shoulder that I carry with me since back then, and thats why I work so hard. It goes back to big schools saying [during recruiting], Hes not big enough. . . . When Im home [this weekend], Ill reminisce about those things, and how far Ive come.

McKinnon ended up at Georgia Southern. In 2014, the Vikings welcomed him to the NFL via the third round of the draft. But McKinnon has still found a way to stay salty.

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