New Vikings punter Jeff Locke gave Chris Kluwe props for helping defeat marriage amendment
Jeff Locke (right) followed in Kluwe's path from from UCLA to Minnesota.
The more things change... the more they stay the same?
No doubt, Chris Kluwe is irreplaceable, but it appears new Vikings punter Jeff Locke has a lot in common with the man whose job he took.
First, Locke and Kluwe both attended UCLA. In fact, if Locke's Twitter feed is any indication, it appears he's a big Kluwe fan who was proud of his fellow Bruin for the key role he played in helping defeat Minnesota's same-sex-marriage-banning constitutional amendment. From last November 7:
@chriswarcraft congrats on the amendment not passing! No doubt you had a huge impact on the final result. How you been punting?
-- Jeff Locke (@jefflocke18) November 7, 2012
Later that month, Kluwe attended a UCLA-USC game with fellow Viking and USC album Matt Kalil, and the two placed a friendly wager on the outcome:
Made a bet with @mattkalil today on U$C/UCLA game. Loser has to do pushups equal to the winning team's score, at midfield after the game.
-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) November 12, 2012
After UCLA won, Locke urged Kluwe not to let Kalil off easy:
Great to see @chriswarcraft at the game too. Lets hope Matt Kalil owns up to the bet. I like the fight song idea the best
-- Jeff Locke (@jefflocke18) November 18, 2012
If that's not enough, Locke and Kluwe also share a favorite pastime -- video games.
-- Jeff Locke (@jefflocke18) November 15, 2012
Kluwe, for what it's worth, also seems to admire Locke. He tweeted this just after the Vikings selected him in the 5th Round of this year's draft:
-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) April 27, 2013
Maybe the takeaway lesson is that UCLA punters just tend to be really cool guys in general?
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