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How Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and LB Brian Asamoah have bonded over shared Ghanaian heritage

EAGAN, MINN. -- KWESI Adofo-Mensah walked off the field in mid-May, deep in thought. He had just observed the first rookie minicamp of his tenure as Minnesota Vikings general manager and didn't notice the player hurrying to get his attention. Eventually, Adofo-Mensah whirled to find linebacker Brian Asamoah, a third-round draft pick who had been waiting months for the moment.

Speaking in Twi, a language predominant in Ghana, Asamoah asked Adofo-Mensah how he was doing.

The pair embraced, an emotional moment between two men whose connection in Minnesota is a deeply meaningful opportunity to share their heritage.