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Minnesota Vikings honor Prince with line call

By Alex Butler
Minnesota Vikings honor Prince with line call
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer talks with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) before attempting a punt against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of their AFC Wild Card game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on January 10, 2016. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 10-9. Photo by Marilyn Indahl/UPI | License Photo

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Teddy Bridgewater is raising "New York Bozo" and "Omaha" with "Purple Rain."

The Vikings quarterback debuted the line call at the team's first padded practice Sunday, according to CBS and ESPN. The new call is a nod to Prince, who died in April. "Purple Rain" was the name of Prince's 1984 album and also the name of a movie he starred in.

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Retired NFL legend Peyton Manning made a career of using "Omaha" at the line. Aaron Rodgers still uses "New York Bozo" for the Green Bay Packers offensive calls.

"Like the rest of the world, we are shocked and saddened today by Prince's death," Vikings.com said in a release after Prince's death. "As one of the most influential music icons, Prince was an incredible representative of Minnesota who helped put Minneapolis-St. Paul on the map. He was a brilliant performer and a better person. We will forever be proud and grateful that he considered himself a Vikings fan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Prince's family at this time."

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A legend lost way too soon. #RIPPrince

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The Vikings will host a Prince tribute concert on Oct. 13 for the Minnesota born recording artist. In 2010, Prince debuted a Vikings song titled: 'Purple and Gold.'

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