The Minnesota Vikings rewarded yet another young player on Tuesday when they came to an agreement with receiver Stefon Diggs on a five-year extension.
The extension is reportedly worth $72 million and keeps Diggs in Minnesota for the next six seasons.
On Tuesday afternoon after practice, Diggs took to the podium and opened up to reporters about what this new contract means to him, and to his family, relating a conversation he had with his father before he passed away back in 2008.
“My dad sat me down a couple months before he passed away. He told me, ‘Look after your brothers. Look after your mom.’”@stefondiggs gets emotional following his contract extension with the #Vikings pic.twitter.com/Ss27Jja3hO
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“My dad sat me down a couple months before he passed away. He just told me, ‘Look after your brothers. Look after your mom, and just basically look after your family.'”
Diggs shared he has a lot of emotions about this huge contract, being that it represents the culmination of being able to live up to his father’s wishes.
“I’m happy I can look at my mom and smile and tell her, ‘Everything’s going to be okay.'”
He also expressed joy that the Vikings believed in him, noting he will continue to “prove them right with the chance they took on me and believing in me going forward.”
In three seasons as a pro, the former fifth-round pick out of Maryland has emerged as one of the NFL’s most talented receivers. Diggs has caught 200 passes for 2,472 yards and 15 touchdowns since 2015, and he’s already a legend for what he did during the playofffs last year.