Kleinsasser looks back on 13 years in NFL

By Jon Krawczynski

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Dec. 29 2011 1:46 p.m. MST

The casual fan may not have noticed Kleinsasser's contribution while their eyes were trained on Smith's long, graceful strides or Peterson's electric cuts against the grain, but few players are held in higher esteem in the Vikings locker room.

"Oh man, I love Jimmy," receiver Percy Harvin said. "He plays this game only for one reason and that's his teammates and the love of the game. This week is probably going to be emotional for him so we want to send him out the right way."

For perhaps the first time in his career, Kleinsasser found himself surrounded by television cameras and reporters as he reflected on his career.

"I'm going to get his jersey," Shiancoe said. "I asked him to sign it, an authentic jersey, so I can hang it up in the house. It's been an honor to play with him."

Kleinsasser hasn't carried the ball in eight years and has only one reception for 4 yards this season. His last touchdown came in 2007. If Frazier and the Vikings have their way, that will change on Sunday.

"No doubt about it," Frazier said. "I'm not letting out any secrets there. If we get down to the 1, Chicago, you better stop number 40. We're going to find a way to try to get him in the end zone if we can."

AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell contributed to this story.

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