“The main reason why I walk everywhere is I don’t have a car because I wanted to save money,” he said in a video that’s part of a series called Touching Down by TransferWise.
Although Boehringer signed a four-year deal worth $2.49 million with Vikings, he’s only guaranteed $150,000 of that, ESPN reports. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but he’s not rolling in NFL dough yet.
And so, he said, “Every morning I just walk to the facility, and in the afternoon I walk back. … My girlfriend thinks that it’s pretty crazy.”
Crazy? Maybe when it starts to snow in Minnesota, but for now it’s not insane. Boehringer lives three miles from the Vikings center, according to CBS Sports, meaning he clocks a total of six miles per day round-trip. Or, as Boehringer might better understand it, about 10 kilometers.
“I think the oddest thing since I am here [in the United States] is miles, yards, Fahrenheit,” he said. “That stuff just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
The Vikings probably don’t care whether Boehringer knows what a yard is, as long as he gets a lot of them. Drafted 180th overall this year, Boehringer comes from the German Football League’s Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, for whom he racked up 20.9 yards per reception and 16 touchdowns in 2015. It was the stats he put up at pro day, however, that really got the world’s attention. Boehringer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical and ran the three-cone drill in 6.65 seconds. Considering he’s 6 feet 4 and 225 pounds, that’s pretty impressive, especially given that he only started playing football five years ago.
“[For] five years, it has been my dream to play football at the highest level,” Boehringer said. “Now I got the chance and hopefully make the best of it.”