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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder smiles before a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Aug. 25 in San Francisco. In two seasons with the Vikings, Ponder, the team’s first pick in the 2011 draft, has thrown for 4,788 yards with 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The Florida State product has completed 59.2 percent of his passes and has a career passer rating of 77.1. Associated Press

Vikings’ Ponder ‘excited’ going into make-or-break season

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By Jon Krawczynski

AP Sports Writer

EDEN PRAIRIE — Christian Ponder stepped to the podium for his first press conference of the 2013 regular season and, truth be told, kind of started to ramble.

“This is awesome. I know the whole team is excited, the whole organization is excited for this week,” he said before catching himself with a chuckle. “I sound like Tim Tebow. I’m excited!”

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