After bringing a wooden statue of a hawk into the Minnesota Vikings locker room that has acquired all sorts of nicknames from the players and has worn many hats and t-shirts, safety Andrew Sendejo put a holiday touch in the locker room.
Sendejo has been at the heart of several measures to keep the locker room light-hearted, including a printout of the many faces of former QB Shaun Hill, but this time Sendejo came in on his day off to set up a Christmas display in two adjacent, empty lockers.
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“We can always depend on Dejo doing something like that. Every holiday, Dejo’s doing something, so that’s nothing new to us,” cornerback Xavier Rhodes said. “But he loves doing it. He loves doing it.”
The display has stockings hung at the top of one locker, a decorated Christmas tree nearby with a toy train on tracks below the tree, Santa and reindeer figurines, and another Santa that climbs a ladder with Christmas lights in tow.
“It’s a little early,” linebacker Anthony Barr said upon seeing it on Monday. “We could have waited until December, but we’ll take it. Hopefully, [head coach Mike Zimmer] doesn’t see it. He won’t be happy.”
But, just for good measure, the hawk (now donning a Christmas hat) is guarding the display.