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Emmitt Reportedly To Retire And Join Reggie Fowler’s Group

Cardinals RB Emmitt Smith is expected to announce his retirement and “join Reggie Fowler’s investment group that is trying to buy the Vikings,” according to Charley Walters of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The group also includes Minneapolis-based automobile dealer Denny Hecker. Meanwhile, sources said that there “are just four major investors,” including T’Wolves Owner Glen Taylor, in Taylor’s group to buy the Vikings, “and one of them initially considered becoming general partner of his own group. But at the NFL’s suggestion, that investor has joined Taylor.” Taylor is considering adding a block of minority investors to his group (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/1). Also in St. Paul, Aron Kahn reports Vikings President Gary Woods yesterday visited state legislative leaders and Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s chief of staff. House Speaker Steve Sviggum, on his meeting with Woods: “He said he had a couple of conversations with Fowler and a couple of conversations with Glen, but it didn’t sound like it was close” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/1).

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