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Vikings name Rick Spielman general manager

WILLMAR -- According to a news release on the Minnesota Vikings official website, the Vikings have named Rick Spielman the general manager of the franchise. Spielman has served as vice president of player personnel since joining the team in 2006.

"This establishes the organizational structure that will lead to the long term success of the Vikings," said Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf in the news relase. "Having watched Rick over the years, we have the utmost confidence that he will help us reach our ultimate goal of winning championships."

The 2012 season will be Spielman's 22nd season as an NFL executive between Detroit, Chicago, Miami and Minnesota. Spielman will oversee all football-related activities for the Vikings, including continuing to direct college and pro personnel programs.

"Rick has proven to be a valuable member of the organization since joining the Vikings in 2006," said owner/president Mark Wilf. "With Rick's and Coach Frazier's leadership, the Vikings are well-positioned to win next season and beyond."

Spielman will meet the media at 1 p.m. today with Coach Leslie Frazier at Winter Park.