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Tom Pelissero is an NFL writer for USA TODAY Sports, where he covers the league with a national focus. He also hosts on SiriusXM NFL Radio and 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. He has a weekly podcast, “Tom Pelissero’s Goal Line Stand”, that’s distributed by 1500 ESPN and Podcast One.

In 2014, Tom had the first interview with Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson following Peterson’s suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over a child injury charge. That story was part of USA TODAY’s entry that won an Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award in the projects category for coverage of NFL domestic violence issues. Tom also has won Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Milwaukee Press Club awards.

Before joining USA TODAY in July 2013, Tom covered the Vikings for 1500 ESPN, where he was senior editor of and hosted six days a week. He previously worked for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and KFAN, where he began covering the NFL in 2003. He lives outside Minneapolis.


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Up to the Minute: Expectations for Vikings, Pat Shurmur
On NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute,” discussing Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s surprise resignation and what happens next. Watch.

Jaylon Smith works to recover, dominate
You wouldn’t sense the uncertainty by watching Smith go through drills before the NFL Draft. “I don’t have time to doubt myself,” Smith told USA TODAY Sports. Read more.

Connor Cook leaves some teams uneasy
It’s hard for anyone to put into words, at least words fit for print. “He’s going to fall, I think,” one NFL executive said. “Just the guy – people have their questions.” Read more.

Noah Spence’s mindfulness has renewed draft dreams
Spence admits he lacked what his father calls “the power of discernment with other people” until he’d blown his chance at Ohio State. “You can’t just float through life, running into walls, not thinking about anything,” he said.” Read more.

Paxton Lynch is caught in a rad bromance
To really get to know Lynch, you have to come to Memphis, to the patio at Central BBQ, and try to keep up with the foursome that calls itself “The 102.” Read more.

Cam smallGMs think Cam Newton already has locked up MVP award
Through the eyes of the NFL’s top evaluators, the MVP race may be over. Read more.

Saban smallAn inside look at how college football programs treat NFL scouts
There’s no better place for NFL scouts to visit than Alabama. But not everyone follows Nick Saban’s lead. Read more.

tom-bNFL Total Access: Vikings want to make Adrian Peterson’s return about football
NFL Total Access host Amber Theoharis and USA Today’s Tom Pelissero discuss Adrian Peterson’s return to the Vikings. Watch video.

peters-bFrom dismissal to fresh start for former Washington corner Marcus Peters
In his first interview since getting kicked off the Washington football team, Marcus Peters sets the record straight as he prepares for the NFL Draft. Read more.

peterson-bAdrian Peterson breaks his silence: ‘I won’t ever use a switch again’
In an exclusive interview, the star running back talks about his son, his suspension and his future with the Vikings. Read more.


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