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From family bar to Best Buy to the No. 2-ranked long-snapper: A Viking lives out his NFL dream

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“We were losing money.”

So instead, whenever Janet and Andy were down an employee at DePaola’s Pub, their neighborhood restaurant where locals flock for burgers, they’d have Andrew wash dishes, sweep the floors and bus tables.

Several of his coaches from Rutgers were hired by Tampa Bay in 2012, and they brought DePaola in for his first tryout in two years. After completing his rehab, DePaola didn’t make it on to a roster and spent the 2019 season worrying about his next opportunity. The Vikings quickly reached out to sign DePaola as an emergency option.

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