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Austin Cutting - Vikings 2020 STS Nominee
An image from November 12, 2019 of the Camp Ripley Visit held during Salute to Service week in Minnesota.

Austin Cutting (Long Snapper)

Austin Cutting was recruited by the United States Air Force Academy and entered the Academy in 2015. He was a member of Cadet Squadrons 17 and 37 while at Air Force Academy. Cutting got the opportunity to play in the NFL and serve his country when he signed with the Vikings last July – the same day he reported for his first training camp. Since being drafted in 2019, the seventh-round pick has also fulfilled a recruiting role for the United States Air Force around the state of Minnesota. Cutting, who graduated as an acquisitions officer, would have been stationed down in Georgia if he hadn't been with the Vikings or another NFL team. Cutting played in 35 career games with the Air Force Academy and was the only long snapper selected in April's draft. Cutting's military passion and obligation to the Air Force expands into his own community outreach efforts, as well. He has participated in numerous Vikings military events, including a flag football clinic at Camp Ripley, a military training facility in northern Minnesota operated by the Minnesota National Guard. The clinic served kids a part of the United Heroes League, an organization that provides military kids and families with opportunities to stay healthy and active in sports. Austin always pays special attention to military guests at practice, including those from Survivor Outreach Services, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and World War II veterans. He is intentional to make time to speak with each visitor and learn his or her story.