Larry Dean (born August 7, 1988) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Valdosta State. He is the school's all-time leader in tackles, passing former Blazer and Atlanta Falcon great Jessie Tuggle during his senior season in 2010.
After waiting out an NFL lockout in 2011, Dean graduated from Valdosta State and signed his free agent rookie contract with the Vikings on the same day. He was the only undrafted free agent to make the Vikings' roster in 2011.
In college, Dean helped lead the Blazers to the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship as just a freshman. In his career, Dean garnered many accolades, including All-America honors. He was named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year during his senior year, while also garnering the Daktronics National Defensive Player of the Year honors at the Division II level.
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