MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Todd Bouman, still in the No. 2 position after nearly rallying the team to victory on Sunday, said Tuesday he's becoming impatient and would like to be an NFL starter.
In his first interview since Vikings coach Mike Tice decided Monday that Daunte Culpepper would remain Minnesota's starter next weekend, Bouman told the Independent of Marshall, Minn., he feels he's in a "difficult situation."
"I've been here a long time," said Bouman, who's in his sixth year with the Vikings. "I have a role, as the backup. By the same token, my patience is wearing thin."
When the season ends, he said he'll take a harder look at his career.
"Being from Minnesota and close to my friends is important, but I'm 30 years old. I've proven to myself that I definitely deserve a shot," he told the Independent.
Bouman said nothing in the interview about Culpepper, but the two players have always had a good relationship.
When Culpepper was injured against Pittsburgh last December, Bouman nearly rallied the team to victory with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. He started the next three games, throwing four touchdown passes in the first, before being sidelined with a hand injury.
In Sunday's game against the New York Giants, Tice benched Culpepper with the Vikings trailing 19-6 in the third. Bouman took over and turned the ball over with a fumble on his first possession. But he then led the Vikings to touchdowns.
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