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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, left, and quarterback Christian Ponder leave the field after practice at training camp July 25 at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

NFL: Vikings’ Christian Ponder balancing highs at home, lows at workplace

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MANKATO — Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder doesn’t deny it’s been tough being relegated to third string. But he said Wednesday that it was good timing what happened last month.

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Ponder’s wife, Samantha, gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Bowden Sainte-Claire. She was named after the legendary Bobby Bowden, Ponder’s former coach at Florida State.

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