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Keenum: This stage is bigger than Wylie state title

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The Case Keenum craze continues as Sunday's NFC championship game draws nearer for the Abilene Wylie graduate.

It has been a remarkable turnaround. From a cast-off of the Los Angeles Rams, to now facing his former Rams teammate Nick Foles for a trip to Super Bowl 52.

Keenum has won 13 of the 16 games he's played in with the Minnesota Vikings this season, including last week's victory in the NFC divisional round that was made possible by Keenum's 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired.

The Big Country native, who was born in Brownwood and then moved to Abilene, took the Wylie Bulldogs on an equally incredible ride to the 2004 Class 3A State Championship.

That game was won on a last-second field goal, set up by a Keenum-led drive.

While he's written about that magical season with his friends, Keenum realizes the NFL playoffs are on a different level.

"That was so long ago. I was a kid," said Keenum of Wylie's only state title. "It's a playoff-type atmosphere, but I don't think I can compare too much."

However, one of Keenum's common principles has been learning from every thing he's gone through, good and bad.

"Every experience I've had has trained me for who I am now. I draw on every little thing that made me into who I am as a person. That's who I take into Sunday."

The Vikings visit Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Kick-off is at 5:40 p.m. CDT. If the Vikings win, they will play Super Bowl 52 in their home stadium in Minneapolis.

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