MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday afternoon they've re-signed Marcus Sherels, the cornerback who's gone from an undrafted free agent to a capable backup and one of the more reliable punt returners in their history.
Sherels averaged 15.2 yards per punt return in 2013, the top mark in franchise history, and brought a punt back 86 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 21 against the New York Giants. He was also pressed into a starting role after injuries depleted the Vikings' cornerback group, and held up well after being asked to start three games. Sherels recorded his first career interception and broke up seven passes.
The restricted free agent's new deal comes on the same day his older brother, Mike, was promoted to linebackers coach at the University of Minnesota, where both Sherels brothers played. Mike was a walk-on for the Gophers and Marcus has won one of the last spots on the Vikings' roster in a couple training camps, including last year.
He missed the Vikings' third preseason game in San Francisco to be with his family after the death of his father, Ben. He returned for the Vikings' final preseason game four days later, ran the opening kickoff back 109 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass later in the game.
Both Sherels brothers have carved out quite a testament to hard work and perseverance, and both of them had reason to celebrate on Friday.