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Adrian Battles
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 32)
Career information
College: Minnesota State
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Minnesota Vikings ( 2010)*
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLV)
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Adrian Battles (born October 30, 1987) is an American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Minnesota State University, Mankato from 2005 to 2009.

College careerEdit

Battles played college football from 2005 to 2009 as an offensive tackle for the Minnesota State Mavericks.[1][2] He was a four-year starter at Mankato, starting in 43 of 46 games while with the program.[3] According to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Battles "dominated the NCAA Division II ranks" as an offensive lineman for Mankato.[4] Battles credited offensive line coach Mike Cunningham for treating him like a son and keeping him motivated through four years at Mankato.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Minnesota VikingsEdit

In May 2010, Battles signed as a free agent to play professional football with the Minnesota Vikings. He was moved by the Vikings from an offensive tackle to an offensive guard.[2][3] He told reporters that the position change presented a challenge due to the differences in footwork and technique, but added, "When I get an opportunity, I have to make the most of it."[6] Before playing in his first pre-season game in August 2010, Battles told a reporter, "I haven't even been to an NFL game. To actually play in the first NFL game I go to is awesome. I'm looking forward to it."[7] After completing the entire NFL preseason with the Vikings, Battles was released on September 5, 2010.[4][8]

Green Bay PackersEdit

In December 2010, he signed with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was a member of the Packers practice squad and became "an unofficial good-luck charm" for the Packers who went 7-0 after he joined the team (two regular season games and five postseason games) to become the first No. 6 seed from the NFC to play in the Super Bowl.[4][9]

Battles was part of the Packers' practice squad at Super Bowl XLV. With the team in Irving, Texas, Battles told a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I was a Packer fan growing up. Just to be a part of this organization is great -- especially to be a part of the Super Bowl experience. A lot of guys don't get to experience this, even guys who have long careers. It's a blessing to be here and I'm thankful for it."[10]

At the media day before Super Bowl XLV, Battles showed up wearing a giant "cheesehead." Photographs of the grinning, 6 foot, 3 inch, 315 pound cheesehead were published in multiple newspapers including a featured picture of the day in the United Kingdom's The Daily Telegraph.[11][12][13][14][15] Battles told reporters, "I'm enjoying every minute of it."[15]

In August 2011, he joined the Packers for their visit to the White House after winning Super Bowl XLV and was prominently featured in photographs as he stood behind President Barack Obama. When his photograph was printed in newspapers across the country, friends of Battles joked that he "must have sneaked in there."[8] Asked about his prominent placement, Battles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I just call myself lucky for getting that spot. We went down in rows and I ended up right there in the front."[8]

On July 31, 2011, the second day of the Packers' 2011 training camp, Battles suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon.[8] He was unable to return to the team after the injury and was waived/injured on August 30, 2011.[16] After clearing waivers, he was placed on injured reserve and released with an injury settlement on September 2.

Green Bay BlizzardEdit

Battles played for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League in 2014.

Cleveland GladiatorsEdit

Battles started the final game of the 2015 season for the Cleveland Gladiators.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Battles at home in Viking camp: Spent his college career playing on the same practice fields". Mankato Free Press. July 31, 2010. http://mankatofreepress.com/vikingscamp/x2064734415/Battles-at-home-in-Viking-camp.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Battles Battling Away at Vikings Training Camp". Mav Blog. August 2, 2010. http://mavink.blogspot.com/2010/08/battles-battling-away-at-vikings.html.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chad Courrier (May 4, 2010). "Vikings sign former Mav Battles: Former Minnesota State tackle to move to guard". Mankato Free Press. http://mankatofreepress.com/sports/x1036628282/Vikings-sign-former-Mav-Battles.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Persistence paying off for former MSU Mankato offensive lineman". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. February 1, 2011. http://www.startribune.com/featuredColumns/114984819.html?source=error.
  5. "Former Mankato player at Super Bowl with Packers". Aberdeen American News. February 4, 2011. http://aberdeensports.net/inthehuddle/2011/02/04/former-mankato-player-at-super-bowl-with-packers/.
  6. "Former MSU player Battles for a spot on the Vikings: Tackle-turned-guard feeling more comfortable with each practice". Mankato Free Press. May 29, 2010. http://mankatofreepress.com/prosports/x1414119265/Former-MSU-player-Battles-for-a-spot-on-the-Vikings.
  7. Chad Courrier (August 13, 2010). "Former Mav Battles for roster spot; ready for 1st game: Vikings guard has never attended an NFL game". Mankato Free Press. http://mankatofreepress.com/vikingscamp/x334247211/Former-Mav-Battles-for-roster-spot-ready-for-1st-game.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Bob McGinn (August 15, 2011). "Battles will always have a chief claim to fame". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/127805058.html.
  9. "Adrian Battles". Green Bay Packers. http://www.packers.com/team/roster/Adrian-Battles/9c3ddf09-fdaa-42a5-a444-549a88acfab2. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  10. Gary D'Amato (February 2, 2011). "Milwaukee's Battles glad to be here". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/115135689.html.
  11. "Pictures of the day". The Telegraph. February 2, 2011. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/8298123/Pictures-of-the-day-2-February-2011.html?image=25.
  12. "Photoblog: Say cheese". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/tag/_/name/adrian-battles.
  13. "Packers are set apart by small-town roots". The Hamilton Spectator. February 2, 2011. http://www.thespec.com/sports/article/480531--packers-are-set-apart-by-small-town-roots.
  14. "Wall St alpha metric picks Packers in Super Bowl". Reuters. February 4, 2011. https://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/us-nfl-superbowl-alpha-idUSTRE71352N20110204.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Former Maverick happy to say cheese: Minnesota State standout joins Packers". Mankato Free Press. February 3, 2011. http://mankatofreepress.com/sports/x1293239897/Chad-Courrier-Former-Maverick-happy-to-say-cheese.
  16. Tom Silverman (August 30, 2011). "Packers release Battles, Asiodu". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/128710238.html.
  17. "Adrian Battles". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on November 9, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151109195253/http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/aflgld/mtt/adrian_battles_974183.html. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
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