Colt Anderson to the Vikings, Colin Dow to the Bengals

Colt Anderson and Colin Dow are the first two Montana Grizzlies to join NFL Teams. Anderson to the Minnesota Vikings with a three year deal and Dow joins the Bengals with a two year contract. NFL deals don't make much sense as they can essentially be torn up at any point but it's exciting none-the-less.

Here's what Colt had to say, from The Missoulian:

“It was tough watching guys you felt you were better than getting picked up,” admitted Anderson, who walked on at UM and leaves as a Football Championship Subdivision All-American. “It was frustrating to watch teams who you thought were interested in you take another guy.

“But bottom line, when the draft got over and teams started calling you - that was pretty exciting. A lot of teams showed interest.”
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Anderson said 10 teams had been in contact with him as the draft wound down.

“But it came down to just a couple,” said the hard-hitting safety. “I just felt Minnesota was the best opportunity for me. They thought I could have an impact for them.”

My advice to Colt (besides not trying in any game against the Packers): dye your hair blond in an effort to look Scandinavian and thus more like the Viking mascot. How could that possibly hurt your chances of sticking with the team?

And Dow's take on the whole ordeal:

“It was nerve-wracking,” said Dow, a two-time all-Big Sky guard who kept hearing positive comments on the phone, but seeing other players picked on ESPN. “They said, ‘Hold on and keep your head up.' Nothing came to fruition, in the draft anyway, but I have an opportunity in front of me either way, and I'm going to take advantage of it.” ...

“I had a choice between Chicago, San Diego and Cincinnati,” said Dow, who was flown in for interviews by both Chicago and Cincinnati.

The Bengals won out.

“I decided that was the place I had the best chance to come and maybe make a difference,” he said. “I used a lot of the same variables that I had to when I was choosing between Wyoming and Montana (for college). Hopefully it works out as well.”

Advice for Dow: Umm, keep Carson Palmer healthy, party with Chad Ocho Cinco while managing to not get arrested.

Have fun guys, looking forward to seeing who else will get picked up.

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Devin - April 27, 2009 2:34 PM

Dow has a shot 2 stick around the league this season...i don't think colt has a snowballs chance...

CDOW - April 29, 2009 9:18 AM

Devin-- ZIP IT! Colt will be great...

- May 3, 2009 2:36 AM

i don't think so but hopefully he proves me wrong...griz football players usually suck in the league...colts a good guy but lets be honest here none of the griz football players actually do work in the NFL they are big around here but once you leave montana no one cares...the good football players go 2 D1-A schools period end of story and if anyone on the griz thinks they are better than the 119 teams in D1-A then go up and play one of them instead of being the only big sky school that doesn't have the balls 2 play a big school...thats all i'm sayin I got no respect for a team that doesn't play any of the big boys i'm an out of stater here I know what GOOD football is not this pussy ass lets play shit schools and everyone thinks were good bullshit all the griz football players pull...u guys wouldn't win one game in even the shittiest of mid major conferences haha

brett favre - May 5, 2009 8:53 AM

it's a shame he has to go to the vikings. now the packers are going to have to whip his ass

Jesse L - May 7, 2009 6:35 PM

Thats really cool Colin Dow is my BIg Brow from big brothers and Big Sisters i hope he does well.

marc - May 8, 2009 12:16 AM

I am a Minnesotan, and loyal Vikes fan, I now reside at big mountain - and love it, but i am stoked for colts talent at safety. it is a position that we need, and his ability will shine over time. you wait 2 or 3 years from now, he will be a polumatu type player, always around the ball. we had a great draft this year and am super stoked for the season and watching colt progress.

butte - May 11, 2009 8:19 AM

Colt is in a position where he is said to be to small and he'll have to prove himself through hard work and ability. I guess nothing hs really changed for him.

Steve & Cindy Armstrong - June 2, 2009 4:14 AM

Colin:
We're proud of you beyond words!!! Guess we're going to have to get the Satellite station out here in CA that has the Bengals coverage on it, so we can watch your games! And just maybe we can swing catching one of your games when you play out west! We send our best wishes to you~

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