ARLINGTON-A day after the Minnesota Vikings wrapped up minicamp, Riley Reiff returned to South Dakota.
The Vikings offensive tackle and Parkston native participated in the Celebrity Golf and Walleye Classic-run by the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire-on Friday and Saturday at Lake Region Golf Course and Lake Thompson.
Reiff has attended all four of the previous tournaments, which began as a fishing tournament and then added a golf portion. The golf tournament was held Friday and the fishing tournament on Saturday, with celebrity parties following both events.
"It's been a lot of fun over the years," Reiff said. "It evolved into golf, which is good. It goes to a good organization. The Boys and Girls Club do a lot for a lot of kids and any way I can help give back-time, donate money-it goes to a good cause."
Reiff admittedly did not shoot well on the golf course and returned empty-handed after nearly eight hours on the water, but that is not why he continues to come back each year. Throughout the four-year run, Reiff has been able to develop friendships and relationships through the event.
"You see a lot of the same faces from the first year that make it every year," Reiff said. "It's good catching up with them. It's a great event."
Prior to attending the tournament, Reiff participated in the Vikings' three-day minicamp, which marked the final team-related activity until training camp opens at a yet-to-announced date in late July.
Reiff, who is entering the third season of five-year contract with Minnesota worth $26.3 million in guaranteed money, missed three games in 2018 with a foot injury. In his first season protecting quarterback Kirk Cousins, the team captain allowed the eighth-most quarterback pressures among tackles in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Rumors swirled from multiple outlets that Minnesota considered moving Reiff to guard in 2019, but the team drafted center Garrett Bradbury in the first round of the NFL draft and guard Dru Samia in the fourth round.
With a little more than a month before returning for training camp, Reiff has a bit of a break and he thought kicking it off by golfing and fishing, while simultaneously helping a charity was a good start.
"It's pretty non-stressful," Reiff said. "Everybody knows it's going to a good cause. Everybody is relaxed and here to have a good time."
Reiff declined to answer any football-related questions by The Daily Republic.