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Vikings release veteran outspoken punter Kluwe

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe, bringing an end to his colorful and outspoken eight-year stay in Minnesota.

Kluwe announced the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings GM Rick Spielman. The 31-year-old Kluwe averaged 44.4 yards per punt over his career in Minnesota.

During his time with the Vikings, Kluwe earned a reputation as one of the most opinionated players in the league. He criticized union leadership during the lockout, wore a patch on his uniform to protest the lack of punters in the Hall of Fame and, most notably, became a vocal supporter of gay rights, penning a number of thoughtful, and occasionally profane, columns on the issue.

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