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But his top memories remain with the Vikings and that is what makes Friday such a special day for him.
We are incredibly proud to have Jared retire as a member of the Vikings franchise," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. "Jared was not only a phenomenal player on the field, but he was also a favorite among the fans and within the organization. He will always be a member of the Minnesota Vikings family.