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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - Thursday morning, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder joined the national airwaves with the Dan Patrick Show and downloaded a plethora of information with Dan and the Dannettes. CLICK HERE to listen to the full interview or read the transcript below...
Dan Patrick: How is morale with the Vikings
Christian Ponder: It's good. I think morale is usually up when you win games so that's always good.
DP: When is the last time you guys had a conversation about what's going on with another team?
CP: We don't really gossip that much about other people. We've kind of [have] our own issues so we talk about ourselves.
DP: What are the issues?
CP: Well obviously we had a two game losing streak so we're focused on that and fixing that to turn that around.
DP: Did you ever think you would have to go to a press conference and acknowledge your girlfriend?
DP: How did that start, that she led to you slumping?
CP: I didn't start it. I don't know. Obviously I wasn't playing well so someone had to associate and come up with a reason why. For some reason in their head that was the correct justification. Who knows...
DP: What is more dangerous, the regular media or social media?
CP: That's an interesting question. With social media everything spreads so quickly these days, you see so many guys that tweet something and then they realize it's bad and then within 20 seconds they've deleted it but it still makes the news. Social media is an interesting tool in a positive and a negative way. You just have got to learn to use it in the correct way.
DP: Do you tweet?
CP: I do tweet, you're not following me? What do you mean?
DP: Have you been caught [tweeting] something that you regretted?
CP: I have not, not yet. I'm sure at some point probably but up to this point I think I've been pretty good so far. I think that we need someone to be hired who just follows every player around and says, 'think before you tweet that.' So many guys just get themselves in trouble because of it.
DP: Have you dealt with unnamed sources before in the locker room?
CP: No, I never have.
DP: How would you deal with that?
CP: I don't know, that's tough. Sometimes the meaning, when it's an unnamed source, it loses its credibility. If you're going to say it, at least step up and say you're the one who said it.
DP: You wouldn't have a problem if a teammate owned up to it?
CP: I would still have a problem with it but at least I would know who it was. Then you can address the issue. When it's anonymous it creates all kinds of issues.
DP: How would you assess Adrian Peterson's health right now?
CP: I would say that he is a freak of nature. I would say he's 100% healthy. Everyone's talked about it, he looks healthier than he did before the injury. In the past three games he's had over a 60-yard touchdown run, four games in a row over 100 yards, he's unbelievable. If he's not the MVP, or the Comeback Player of the Year right now I don't know who else would be. He's unbelievable. What I love about him is, he's obviously an unbelievable football player, but he's an awesome human being. Everyone loves hanging out with him. For a guy that is so talented, he works his butt off and he's a great teammate. We love being around him. We're excited that he's come back and played so well.
DP: What kind of luxury is that to know that the defense always has to account for Adrian Peterson?
CP: It takes pressure off the passing game. Even against the Lions we threw the ball pretty well and were moving the ball but the fourth quarter when we needed to close the game out and they were coming back, Adrian took the game over and had a 61-yard touchdown run and had a couple other great runs to burn the clock out. It is such a luxury to have. A quarterback's best friend is a great running game. It's good for me.
DP: Is there a noticeable difference from your first year to your second year?
CP: I think so. The game has slowed down for me in the second year. I'm a lot more comfortable in the offense and everything and I would probably say that the play book is definitely more extensive than what I had last year. It's just a whole level of comfort and confidence in what I'm doing.
DP: Have you ever had your voice crack on the football field?
CP: I don't know, probably like in 7th grade when I was going through puberty but not right now.
DP: More likely, Vikings in the playoffs or the Seminoles in a BCS Bowl?
CP: I would like to say both. Florida State is in a pretty good position to win the ACC right now, they control their own destiny and same with the Vikings. We've got a tough schedule but we have it all in our hands.