MANKATO, Minn. - Fans are more than ready for some action on the gridiron. The vibe is much more enthusiastic following a year in which the Vikings made the playoffs and a year where Adrian Peterson was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player.

The signs of excitement could be seen all the way down Highway 169 to Mankato.. and the players felt plenty of love as the fans waited out several rain showers to grab signatures.