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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vikings can pronounce Tahi experiment a success

In equal proportion to the way his name gets mangled, the fullback has wreaked havoc blocking.

Last update: December 19, 2008 - 9:34 PM

Naufahu Tahi was asked for the greatest mangling of his name that he has encountered in his years as a high school, college and pro football player.

The young man of Tongan ancestry smiled and said: "It would be hard to pick out one ... it's happened so often.''

Guess what, Naufahu. We have a fresh contender for all-time mangle.

On Sunday, Adrian Peterson was answering questions about his big day against the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings running back and now leading contender as the NFL's MVP said the work done by his offensive line was so impressive that "Fahu'' could've made big yards.

That's the shortened version of Naufahu used by everyone at Winter Park in referring to the starting fullback. A worker on assignment from the Cardinals' public relations staff was in the Vikings locker room taping interviews.

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