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Minnesota Vikings
Established 1961
Play in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Helmet Logo
League/Conference affiliations

National Football League (1961–present) Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the driving championship Formula One... Minneapolis redirects here. ... Image File history File links Minnesota Vikings helmet, citing fair use. ... Image File history File links MinnesotaVikings_1000. ... Group of men drilling in football helmets A football helmet is a protective device used primarily in American football and Canadian football which was created by Paul Brown. ... NFL redirects here. ...

Current uniform
Team colors Purple, Gold, White
Fight song Skol, Vikings
Mascot Viktor the Viking, Ragnar
Personnel
Owner Zygi Wilf
General Manager Rick Spielman
Head Coach Brad Childress
Team history
  • Minnesota Vikings (1961–present)
Team Nicknames
The Vikes, The Purple, The Purple People Eaters
Championships
League Championships (1)
Conference Championships (4)
  • NFL Western: 1969
  • NFC: 1973, 1974, 1976
Division Championships (16)
  • NFL Central: 1968, 1969
  • NFC Central: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000
Home fields

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings compete in the National Football Conference of the National Football League (NFL). They have been a member of the North Division since the NFL realigned in 2002. Prior to the realignment, they had been a member of the Central Division, also known as the Black & Blue Division. The Vikings have won one NFL championship (Pre-1970 AFL-NFL Merger) losing 23-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV and were the first team to both play in and lose four Super Bowls. The Vikings have won their division 16 times, third most among teams currently playing in the NFL. National Football Conference logo. ... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... A fight song is primarily a sports term, referring to a song associated with a team. ... Skol, Vikings is the fight song of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... The following is a list of mascots of National Football League teams: Categories: | ... Zygi Wilf Zygmunt Zygi Wilf (born April 22, 1950 in Germany) is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. Wilfs parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, are both Holocaust survivors in Poland. ... Rick Spielman is currently the Vice President of Player Personel of the NFLs Minnesota Vikings. ... Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.) is a professional American football coach. ... The Purple People Eaters was the nickname of the Minnesota Vikings football teams defensive line of the late 1960s to the late 1970s, when the Vikings played in four Super Bowls. ... Throughout its history, the National Football League and other leagues have used several different formats to determine their league champion, including a period of interleague match-ups determining a true world champion. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... The 1969 NFL Championship game was the 37th and final championship game played prior to AFL-NFL Merger. ... Metropolitan Stadium (often referred to as the Met) was a sports stadium that once stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league... The entrance The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, usually simply called The Metrodome or The Dome, and often nicknamed the Homerdome (even though in reality it is no friendlier to the long ball than average[3]), is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... National Football Conference logo. ... NFL redirects here. ... The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The National Football League has used several different formats to determine their league champions since its founding in 1920. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Current uniform Team colors Red, White and Gold Mascot K. C. Wolf (1985-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) Personnel Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt... Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


The club was founded in 1961 after the ownership group withdrew membership to the American Football League and agreed to join the NFL as an expansion team. The team played home games at Metropolitan Stadium through the 1981 NFL season and have played their home games at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome since 1982. The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... Metropolitan Stadium (often referred to as the Met) was a sports stadium that once stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league... The 1981 NFL season was the 62th regular season of the National Football League. ... The entrance The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, usually simply called The Metrodome or The Dome, and often nicknamed the Homerdome (even though in reality it is no friendlier to the long ball than average[3]), is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...

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Franchise history

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... // This article details the history of the Minnesota Vikings, an American football club of the National Football League (NFL). ...

1960s

Pro football in the Twin Cities began with the Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets, an NFL team that played intermittently in the 1920s-30s.[1] However, a new professional team in the area did not surface again until August 1959, when three Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League. Five months later in January 1960, the ownership group along with Bernie Ridder forfeited its AFL membership and then was awarded the National Football League's 14th franchise with play to begin in 1961.[2] Ole Haugsrud was added to the NFL team ownership because of an agreement he had with the NFL since the 1920s when he sold his Duluth Eskimos team back to the league. The agreement allowed him 10% of any future Minnesota team. A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... Minneapoliss NFL effort, prior to the Vikings, the Marines played from 1921-1924. ... Max Winter (1903- July 26, 1996) was a Minneapolis businessman and sport executive. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... Ole Haugsrud (May 13, 1900 - March 13, 1976) was an American sports excutive. ... Duluth, Minnesota fielded a team called the Kelleys (officially the Kelley Duluths after the Kelley-Duluth Hardware Store) from 1923-1925 and the Eskimos (officially Ernie Nevers Eskimos after their star player) from 1926-1927 in the National Football League. ...

Primary team logo from 1961 to 1965

The team was officially named the Minnesota Vikings on September 27, 1960; the name is partly meant to reflect Minnesota's place as a center of Scandinavian American culture.[3] From the start, the Vikings embraced an energetic marketing program that produced a first-year season ticket sales of nearly 26,000 and an average home attendance of 34,586, about 85 percent of the capacity of 40,800 for Metropolitan Stadium. Eventually Met Stadium capacity was increased to 47,900.[2] Early in 1961, the Vikings named Norm Van Brocklin as head coach, though Bud Grant had been a candidate for job. Van Brocklin had just finished his career as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.[3] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Viking (disambiguation). ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See: Danish American Norwegian American Swedish American Finnish American Icelandic American Category: ... Metropolitan Stadium (often referred to as the Met) was a sports stadium that once stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league... Norman Mack Norm Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), also known as The Dutchman, was an American football player and coach. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol...


The Vikings won their first regular season game, defeating the Chicago Bears 37-13 on Opening Day 1961. Rookie Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes and run for another to lead the upset.[2] Reality set in as the expansion team lost its next seven games on their way to a 3-11 record.[3] City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The 1961 NFL season was the 42th regular season of the National Football League. ... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ...


On March 7, 1967, quarterback Fran Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants for a 1st and 2nd-round choice in 1967, a 1st-round choice in 1968 and a 2nd-round choice in 1969. With the picks Minnesota selected Clinton Jones and Bob Grim in 1967, Ron Yary in 1968 and Ed White in 1969.[4] Three days later on March 10th, the Vikings hired new head coach Bud Grant to replace Van Brocklin, who resigned following the 1966 NFL season. Grant came to the Vikings from the Canadian Football League as head coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who he led to four Grey Cup Championships in 10 years.[3][4] During the late 1960s, the Vikings were building a powerful defense known as the Purple People Eaters, led by Alan Page, Carl Eller, Gary Larsen, and Jim Marshall.[5] In 1968, that stingy defense earned the Vikings their first Central Division Title and their first playoff berth.[3] is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Clinton Jones was a professional football player in the United States from 1967 until 1973. ... Robert Lee Grim (born May 8, 1945 in Oakland, California) was an NFL wide receiver from 1967-1977. ... Anthony Ronald Ron Yary (born July 16, 1946) in Chicago, IL, and was a former professional American football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... Edward White (1910-1994) a British composer of light classical music. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... The 1966 NFL season was the 47th regular season of the National Football League. ... CFL redirects here. ... The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a Canadian Football League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba . ... The Grey Cup circa 2006. ... The Purple People Eaters was the nickname of the Minnesota Vikings football teams defensive line of the late 1960s to the late 1970s, when the Vikings played in four Super Bowls. ... Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is an American jurist, and a Hall of Fame professional American football player who starred primarily with the Minnesota Vikings as a member of the Purple People Eaters. ... Not to be confused with Karl Eller. ... Gary Larsen (born March 13, 1942) was a defensive tackle in the NFL and played college football at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. ... Jim Marshall (born December 30, 1937 Danville, Kentucky) played college football at Ohio State University. ... The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. ...


In 1969 the Vikings went 12-2, the best record in the NFL.[4] The team had 12 straight victories, the longest single-season winning streak in 35 years.[6] The Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns, 27-7, in the NFL Championship Game on Jan. 4, 1970, at Metropolitan Stadium. Minnesota became the first modern NFL expansion team to win an NFL Championship Game,[4] and earned a berth in Super Bowl IV. The heavily favored Vikings lost that game to the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7.[7] The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ... Browns redirects here. ... The 1969 NFL Championship game was the 37th and final championship game played prior to AFL-NFL Merger. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Current uniform Team colors Red, White and Gold Mascot K. C. Wolf (1985-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) Personnel Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt...


1970s

The team continued to shine in 1970 and 1971 as their "Purple People Eater" defense led them back to the playoffs. In 1971 the defense was impressive enough that Alan Page won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award given by the Associated Press. He was only the second defensive player to win the award (the Lions' Joe Schmidt was co AP MVP in 1960). The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Joe Schmidt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


In 1972 the Vikings traded Norm Snead, Bob Grim, Vince Clements and a 1st-round draft choice in 1972 and 1973 to the New York Giants to reacquire the popular Tarkenton.[4] While the acquisitions of Fran Tarkenton and wide receiver John Gilliam improved the passing attack, the running game was inconsistent and the Vikings finished with a disappointing 7-7 record. The Vikings addressed the problem by drafting running back Chuck Foreman with their first pick in the 1973 draft. Co-owner Bill Boyer died in 1972 and was replaced on the team's board of directors by his son-in-law Jack Steele.[4] The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... Norman Snead (born July 31, 1939) was a quarterback in the NFL. In his career he played for Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers. ... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... John Gilliam (born August 7, 1945 in Greenwood, South Carolina) was an American football wide receiver. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Vikings won their first 9 games of 1973 and finished the season with a 12-2 record.[3] The Vikings then advanced to their second Super Bowl in franchise history, Super Bowl VIII, against the Miami Dolphins at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. However, the Dolphins prevailed, 24-7.[4] The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... Date January 13, 1974 Stadium Rice Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Larry Csonka, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 7 National Anthem Charley Pride Coin toss Game referee Halftime show University of Texas at Austin Band Attendance 71,882 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray Scott, Pat Summerall... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... Rice Stadium is a football stadium located on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas. ... Houston redirects here. ...


The Vikings won the Central Division again in 1974 with a 10-4 record, which was a tie for the best record in the conference.[4] In the playoffs they built on their cold weather reputation, defeating both the St. Louis Cardinals 30-14 and the Los Angeles Rams 14-10 in frozen Metropolitan Stadium. The Vikings played in their second straight Super Bowl, Super Bowl IX (3rd overall), losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-6, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on January 12, 1975.[3][4] The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... The NFL playoffs for the 1974-75 season led up to Super Bowl IX. // Divisional playoff round December 21, 1974 AFC: Oakland Raiders 28, Miami Dolphins 26 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California With 24 seconds left in the game, the Raiders Clarence Davis somehow catches the winning touchdown pass among... The St. ... The NFL playoffs for the 1974-75 season led up to Super Bowl IX. // Divisional playoff round December 21, 1974 AFC: Oakland Raiders 28, Miami Dolphins 26 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California With 24 seconds left in the game, the Raiders Clarence Davis somehow catches the winning touchdown pass among... Date January 12, 1975 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Franco Harris, Running back Favorite Steelers by 3 National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Bernie Ulman Halftime show Tribute to Duke Ellington with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State University Band Attendance 80,997... Steelers redirects here. ... Tulane Stadium was an outdoor football stadium located in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1926 to 1980. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1975, the Vikings, led by Tarkenton and running back Chuck Foreman, got off to a 10-0 start and easily won another division title.[3][4] However, the Vikings lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs, 17-14, on a controversial touchdown pass from the Cowboys' quarterback Roger Staubach to wide receiver Drew Pearson that became known as the Hail Mary.[8] The touchdown was controversial because many felt that Pearson pushed off on Vikings defensive back Nate Wright, which is pass interference, a violation of the rules. As the Metropolitan Stadium crowd was stunned to learn that no penalty was called, debris was thrown on the field for several minutes. One bottle struck a game official, rendering him unconscious. The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The NFL playoffs for the 1975-76 season led up to Super Bowl X. // Divisional playoff round December 27, 1975 AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Baltimore Colts 10 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Steelers defense forced 4 turnovers and held the Colts to 154 total yards of offense. ... Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and former American professional football player where he was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for most of the 1970s during their reign as Americas Team. ... Drew Pearson (born January 12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey) is a sportscaster and former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary play in American football is a forward pass made in desperation, with only a very small chance of success. ... In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In American Football pass interference is when a player interferes with an eligible receivers ability to make a fair attempt to catch a forward pass. ...

See also: The Hail Mary (American football game)

The Vikings played in Super Bowl XI, their third Super Bowl (4th overall) in 4 years, against the Oakland Raiders at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California,on January 9, 1977. The Vikings, however, couldn't break their bad luck in the Super Bowl. Minnesota lost, 32-14.[4] In American football, The Hail Mary refers to a play that resulted in the winning score in the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, played on December 28, 1975 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. ... Date January 9, 1977 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver Favorite Raiders by 4 1/2 National anthem Vikki Carr (America the Beautiful) Coin toss Jim Tunney Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Disney presents Its A Small World with the Los Angeles Unified... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The Rose Bowl is an outdoor football stadium in Pasadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


In 1977, the Vikings again won the Central Division with a 9-5 record and advanced to their 4th NFC Championship Game in 5 years,[4] but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Cowboys, 23-6, at Texas Stadium.[3] By 1978, age was taking its toll on the Vikings, but they still made the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record. There was no more playoff magic as the Rams finally defeated the Vikings, 34-10 in Los Angeles.[3] Quarterback Fran Tarkenton retired following the season holding league passer records in attempts (6,467), completions (3,686), yards (47,003), and touchdowns (342).[9] The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... Texas Stadium is the home field of the National Football Leagues Dallas Cowboys. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ...


In December, 1979, ground is broken for construction of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.[4] Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


1980s

On May 15, 1981, the Vikings moved into a new facility in suburban Eden Prairie that houses the team's offices, locker room and practice fields. The complex was named "Winter Park" after Max Winter, one of the Vikings' founders, who served as the team's president from 1965 to 1987.[4] The Vikings played their final game at Metropolitan Stadium on December 20th to conclude the 1981 NFL season by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-6.[3][4] is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Location in Hennepin County Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin County founded 1858 incorporated 1960s Government  - Mayor Phil Young Area  - City  35. ... The 1981 NFL season was the 62th regular season of the National Football League. ...

A Vikings game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
A Vikings game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

The Vikings played their first game at the Metrodome in a preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on August 21, 1982 in a game Minnesota won, 7-3.[4] The first touchdown in the new facility was scored by Joe Senser on an 11 yard pass from Tommy Kramer.[4] The first regular-season game in the Metrodome was the 1982 opener on September 12, when the Vikings defeated Tampa Bay, 17-10. Rickey Young scored the first regular-season touchdown in the facility on a 3 yard run in the 2nd quarter.[4] Image File history File links Vikings_Exhibition_Game_990826. ... Image File history File links Vikings_Exhibition_Game_990826. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... Joseph Spence Senser (born August 18, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a former American professional football player. ... Tommy Kramer (born March 7, 1955) is a former American football player. ... The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Rickey Young (born December 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the NFL. He led the NFL in receptions in 1978. ...


On January 27, 1984, Bud Grant retired as head coach of the Vikings. With a career regular-season record of 151-87-5 (.632) in 17 seasons with Minnesota, Grant led the franchise to 12 playoff appearances, 11 division titles, and four Super Bowls.[4] Les Steckel, who was an offensive assistant with the Vikings for 5 seasons, was then named the 3rd head coach in franchise history. Steckel, who came to the Vikings in 1979 after working as an assistant with the 49ers, was the youngest head coach in the NFL in 1984 at age 38.[4] However, the Vikings lost a franchise-worst 13 games.[3] After the season Steckel was fired, and on December 18, 1984, Bud Grant was rehired as the head coach of the Vikings.[4] is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Les Steckel (b. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


On January 6, 1986, following the 1985 season, Bud Grant re-retired as head coach of the Vikings. At the time of his retirement he was the 6th winningest coach in NFL history with 168 career wins, including playoffs. In 18 seasons, he led the Vikings to a 158-96-5 regular season record.[10] Longtime Vikings assistant coach Jerry Burns was named the 4th head coach in team history on January 7, 1986.[4] He served as the Vikings' offensive coordinator from 1968-85, when the team won 11 division titles and played in 4 Super Bowls. In his first season, the Vikings led by the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Tommy Kramer, went 9-7,[3] their first winning record in 4 years. On August 2, 1986, Fran Tarkenton was the first player who played the majority of his career with the Vikings, to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[4][9] is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Jerry Burns (born January 24, 1927) is a former football coach who is best remembered for serving as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... Tommy Kramer (born March 7, 1955) is a former American football player. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Following the strike-shortened 1987 season, the 8-7 Vikings --- who had finished 8-4 in regular games but 0-3 using strike-replacement players --- pulled two upsets in the playoffs by beating the two teams with the best regular season records. They beat the 12-3 New Orleans Saints, 44-10, at the Superdome in the Wild Card Playoff game. The following week, in the Divisional Playoff game, they beat the 13-2 San Francisco 49ers, 36-24, at Candlestick Park. During that game Anthony Carter set the all-time record for most receiving yards in a playoff game with 227 yards. The Vikings played the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game on January 17, 1988, at RFK Stadium. Trailing 17-10, the Vikings drove to the Redskins' six yard line with a little over a minute left in the game but failed to get the ball into the end zone. Darren Nelson dropped a pass from Wade Wilson at the goal line to officially end the Vikings' hopes of a Super Bowl. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Gold and black Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference... Superdome can stand for: Louisiana Superdome HP Superdome server ... Monster Park (colloquially, The Stick or Candlestick, after its original name of Candlestick Park) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. ... Anthony Carter (born September 17, 1960 in Riviera Beach, Florida) was an American football wide receiver. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Vikings would make what would be considered its biggest personnel blunder in team history. On October 12, 1989, the Vikings acquired Herschel Walker from Dallas. The final result of the trade gave the Vikings Walker, a 3rd round choice Mike Jones, a 5th round choice Reggie Thornton and 10th-round choice Pat Newman in 1990 and a 3rd-round choice in 1991 Jake Reed, while Dallas received Issiac Holt, David Howard, Darrin Nelson, Jesse Solomon, Alex Stewart, a 1st, 2nd and 6th-round choice in 1990, a 1st and 2nd-round choice in 1991 and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd-round choice in 1992. Two of those selections turned into Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson. Herschel's performance fell short of expectations in his 3 seasons with the Vikings, while the Cowboys rode their draft picks to 3 Super Bowl victories in the early to mid 1990s. is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Herschel Walker Trade was the largest player trade in the history of the National Football League. ... Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962 in Wrightsville, Georgia) is a former professional American football player in the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... On the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV, Jones performs The Tackle on Titans receiver Kevin Dyson, who fell one yard short of the goal line. ... Pat Newman Pat Newman was the first head women’s tennis coach at Louisiana State University. ... Jake Reed (born 1967) is a former American Football wide receiver who played for 12 seasons between 1991 and 2002 with the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... Darren Ray Woodson (born April 25, 1969 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former All-Pro strong safety for the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 2004. ...

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1990s

On December 3, 1991, Jerry Burns announced his retirement. In 6 seasons as Head Coach of the Vikings, Burns compiled a career record of 52-43 (.547). He also led Minnesota to 3 playoff appearances, including a division title and an NFC Championship Game. Dennis Green was later named the 5th Head Coach in team history. He came to Minnesota after turning around a struggling Stanford University football program as head coach from 1989-91. In his 10 seasons as the coach of the Vikings, Green won 4 NFC Central division titles, had 8 playoff appearances, 2 NFC Championship game appearances and an all-time record of 97-62. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Dennis Denny Green (b. ...


1998 was a year to remember for the franchise. With a spectacular offense led by quarterback Randall Cunningham, who had his best NFL season ever, running back Robert Smith, veteran wide receiver Cris Carter, and explosive rookie Randy Moss, the Vikings set a then-NFL record by scoring a total of 556 points, never scoring fewer than 24 in a game. The Vikings finished the season 15-1, their only loss by 3 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week nine. In the playoffs, the Vikings rolled past the Arizona Cardinals 41-21, and came into the Metrodome heavily favored for their NFC title showdown with the Atlanta Falcons. However, kicker Gary Anderson, who had just completed the first perfect regular season in NFL history (not missing a single extra point or field goal attempt the entire year), missed a 38 yard attempt with less than 2 minutes remaining. That allowed the Falcons to tie the game. Though the Vikings won the coin toss, Atlanta went on to win it 30-27 in overtime on Morten Andersen's field goal, which was, coincidentally, also a 38-yarder. The Vikings became the first 15-1 team to fail to reach the Super Bowl. For former United States Representative Randall Duke Cunningham, see Duke Cunningham. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Cristopher D. Carter (born November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987-89), the Minnesota Vikings (1990-2001) and the Miami Dolphins (2002). ... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Black, Pewter, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Cunningham resumed duties again in 1999, but after a lukewarm 2-4 start, Jeff George was given the starting job. He finished the season with an 8-2 record, and led the Vikings into the postseason once again, with an overall team record of 10-6. Minnesota beat Dallas in the Wild Card game 27-10, and faced playoff newcomer Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional matchup. The game was a shootout which Minnesota led 17-14 at halftime, but the Rams outscored Minnesota 35-20 in the second half to win 49-37.[11] St. Louis would go on to win Super Bowl XXXIV. Jeffrey Scott George (Born December 8, 1967 in Indianapolis, Indiana) was a National Football League quarterback. ... Kurtis Eugene Warner (born June 22, 1971, Burlington, Iowa) is a professional American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. ... City St. ... Date January 30, 2000 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Kurt Warner, Quarterback Favorite Rams by 7 National anthem Faith Hill Coin toss Super Bowl IV participants: Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, and Jan Stenerud Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Phil Collins...


2000s

The Vikings 2007 opener at the HHH Metrodome
The Vikings 2007 opener at the HHH Metrodome

In 2000, the Vikings went 11-5. The Vikings were 11-2 after 14 weeks, but slumped briefly, losing their last three to the Rams, Packers and Colts while starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper was hampered by injury. Nonetheless, the Vikings made the playoffs for the fifth straight year. After easily beating the Saints in the Divisional game 34-16, they went to New York to face the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Though they were the road team, the Vikings were actually favored to win the game (since most considered their 12-2 record with Culpepper more indicative than their 0-3 record when he was out). But the Vikings were humiliated by the Giants 41-0, the worst loss in franchise history.[12] Robert Smith, who ran for a team record (and NFL best) 1521 yards that season, retired at the end of the year after only playing eight NFL seasons.[13] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2816 × 2112 pixel, file size: 1. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Daunte Culpepper (born January 28, 1977 in Ocala, Florida) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ...


In 2001, after a disappointing 5-11 season, the Vikings bought out the contract of Dennis Green, who had become a polarizing presence in the Viking fan base despite his successful coaching tenure with the team. Mike Tice coached the final game of 2001, losing to the Ravens.[14] Tice was named the permanent coach after the season, but he would not lead the Vikings back to the playoffs until 2004. Dennis Denny Green (b. ... Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959 in Bayshore, New York) is an American football NFL coach, best known as the former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore...


During the 2003 season, the Vikings came close to getting into the playoffs. However, the Arizona Cardinals completed a game winning touchdown with 0:00 left knocking the Vikings out of the playoffs. The moment of Arizona's touchdown was actually the first moment the entire season in which the Vikings hadn't led their division.


In 2004, Daunte Culpepper amassed MVP-like statistics, throwing for 4,717 passing yards (leading the NFL), 39 passing touchdowns (a Viking record), and 5,123 total yards (an NFL record). In the wild card matchup, the Vikings defeated the rival Green Bay Packers in their first-ever playoff meeting, 31-17.[15] In doing so, the Vikings became the second team in NFL history to have a .500 record (8-8) in the regular season and win a playoff game. In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated by the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.[16] Daunte Culpepper (born January 28, 1977 in Ocala, Florida) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2004 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIX. // at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington Game time: 4:30 p. ... Packers redirects here. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2004 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIX. // at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington Game time: 4:30 p. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol...


On March 2, 2005, Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Napoleon Harris and the Raiders' first round draft pick. After struggling to a disappointing 2-5 start to the 2005 season, Vikings lost quarterback Daunte Culpepper to a season ending knee injury. The Vikings finished the 2005 season with a 9-7 record, one win away from the playoffs.


Head Coach Mike Tice was let go after the 2005 season and was replaced by Brad Childress. This was one of many significant front office moves made by the new ownership team, led by Zygi Wilf. Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.) is a professional American football coach. ... Zygi Wilf Zygmunt Zygi Wilf (born April 22, 1950 in Germany) is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. Wilfs parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, are both Holocaust survivors in Poland. ...


Minnesota began the 2006 season 4-2 (and Childress becoming the first coach in Vikings history to start 2-0 in his first year), but would finish the year at 6-10, tying for the 7th worst record in the NFL and receiving the 7th pick in the NFL Draft; with it, the Vikings selected Adrian Peterson out of the University of Oklahoma. Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985),[1] nicknamed A.D. (all day),[2] is a professional American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ...


In Week 9 of the 2007 season, Peterson would go on to break the NFL record set by Jamal Lewis in 2003 for most rushing yards in one game (296 rushing yards against the San Diego Chargers). Despite a strong push in the middle of the 2007 season winning five straight games, the Vikings lost their final two games to finish the season at 8-8, barely missing the playoffs.


Ownership

The Vikings are currently owned by Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf, Jeffrey Wilf, Leonard Wilf, David Mandelbaum, Alan Landis and Reggie Fowler. The Vikings have been conducting summer training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 1966. From 1961-65 they held camp at Bemidji State University. Zygi Wilf Zygmunt Zygi Wilf (born April 22, 1950 in Germany) is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. Wilfs parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, are both Holocaust survivors in Poland. ... Reggie Fowler is an American businessman from Arizona. ... Minnesota State University, Mankato is a four-year university located in Mankato, Minnesota. ... Bemidji State University is a public Minnesota state university in Bemidji, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Bemidji. ...


Season-by-season records

This is a list of seasons completed by the Minnesota Vikings American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). ...

Logo and uniforms

Vikings helmet (1985-2005)
Vikings helmet (1985-2005)
Vikings helmet (2006-Present)
Vikings helmet (2006-Present)
Vikings home uniform from 1996 to 2005
Vikings road uniform from 1996 to 2005

From the team's debut in 1961 to 1995, the Vikings' logos and uniforms essentially remained the same. One of the team's two primary logos consists of a profile of a blond norseman, while the other consists of a white Viking horn. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Minnesota_Vikings_helmet_old. ... Image File history File links Minnesota_Vikings_helmet_old. ... Image File history File links Minnesota Vikings helmet, citing fair use. ... Image File history File links Minnesota Vikings helmet, citing fair use. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Look up profile in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The name Viking is a loan from the native Scandinavian term for the Norse seafaring warriors who raided the coasts of Scandinavia, Europe and the British Isles from the late 8th century to the 11th century, the period of European history referred to as the Viking Age. ...


The team's helmet is purple with a Viking horn logo on each side. The horn logo was slightly revised in 2006. The original uniform design consisted of white pants, gold trim, and either purple or white jerseys. From 1961 to 1964, the Vikings wore purple pants with their white jerseys.(The Vikings, with their new uniform, still wear, on occasion, purple pants with yellow and white trim.) In a design that was unique among American football teams, the white jerseys had a completely different stripe pattern, which was over the shoulders, than the purple ones, which was around the sleeve cuff. These unique shoulder stripes on the white jerseys did not appear until 1969, the year they went to their first Super Bowl. There have also been minor changes to the uniform design throughout the years, such as changing the color of the facemask from gray to white (1980), and then to purple (1985); and adding the Norseman logo to the sleeves (1996). The Vikings wore black shoes until Les Steckel became the coach in 1984. In 2006 team returned to black shoes for first time since the 1983 season.


During the 1964 season, the Vikings along with several other NFL teams wore their white jerseys for home games to allow their fans to see what the other teams primary jerseys looked like. The Lions played at Met Stadium on October 11. The Lions only brought their white jerseys. The Vikings had also brought their white jerseys to the stadium. The team practiced at Midway Stadium in St. Paul and that is where they stored their equipment. Both teams started the game in their white jerseys. By the second quarter the Vikings had been able to get their purple jerseys to Met Stadium. The team changed jerseys on the sidelines and finished the game in purple jerseys and purple pants. It wasn't until 43 years later, on December 17, 2007 (a Monday Night Football game versus the Chicago Bears) that the Vikings again donned all purple jerseys and pants. is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Midway Stadium is the name of two different minor league baseball parks in Saint Paul, Minnesota, one now demolished and the other still in active use. ...


The team's uniforms were redesigned in 2006, the first significant change in the franchise's 46-year history. Although the team colors remained the same, trim lines were added to the outside shoulders and sleeves, and the sides of the jerseys and pants. In addition the horn on the helmet was slightly more defined. Included in the new design are both white and purple pants.[17][18]


The team wore black armbands for the last four games in 1978 in memory of Jack "Jocko" Nelson an assistant coach who died during the season. In 1985 the team wore a 25 years patch on their jerseys. In 1989, they wore a "40 for 60" patch honoring the 1969 NFL championship team. They wore a 35 years patch in 1995, 40 years in 2000 and 45 years in 2005. They also wore patches in 1999 for assistant coach Chip Myer who died in the offseason and in 2001 for Korey Stringer. The Vikings like the other teams wore NFL 50 and 75 year patches in 1969 and 1994. Korey Damont Stringer (May 8, 1974 – August 1, 2001) was an American football player who died from complications brought on by heat stroke, during training camp in Mankato, Minnesota while playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ...


Mascots

Current mascots

The current team mascot is Ragnar (played by Joseph Juranitch). Ragnar has been working for the Vikings since 1994, and claims to be the most widely-recognized mascot in the world. Jurantich admits to being somewhat of an eccentric—he holds the current world record for fastest time shaving a beard with an axe. Ragnar drives onto the field at the beginning of games, dressed in Viking garb, on a motorcycle or snowmobile, and during the games on a Segway. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... In popular usage, eccentricity refers to unusual or odd behavior on the part of an individual. ... For the slang term, see Beard (female companion). ... Axe For other uses, see Axe (disambiguation). ... Inventor Dean Kamen demonstrates the Segway HT at the U.S. Department of Commerce on February 14, 2002. ...


After several failed attempts at developing an official team-owned mascot, the Vikings finally introduced Viktor the Viking during the 2007 Vikings' season.[19] Team officials had long indicated that they were after a mascot concept that would primarily appeal to the team's younger fan base.[20] Viktor the Viking, a muscle-bound, blonde-haired and mustachioed character wears a Vikings' #1 jersey and an oversized Vikings' helmet with protruding horns and a small yellow nose guard.


Historic mascots

During the 1970s, 1980s, Hub Meeds dressed as a Viking and served as the team mascot.


Another mascot associated with the Vikings was "Vikadontis Rex," a purple foam dinosaur. Vikadontis was the official mascot of the Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund and took part in the 1995 Celebrity Mascot Olympics. Vikadontis was retired starting with the 2000 season.


Traditions

Fight song

Further information: Skol, Vikings

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Helga hats

Viking fans are known to dress up in "Helga hats", or purple hats with white horns and blond braids, mimicking the helmets popularly (but incorrectly) believed to have been worn by Viking warriors. The original Helga Hats are still hand assembled in the Twin Cities area; however, some vendors have since imported other versions from overseas in recent years. For other uses, see Viking (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Viking (disambiguation). ...


Vikings horn

During home games at the Metrodome, the Vikings horn is loudly played and sounds often after the team has a big play or scores a touchdown. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


Players of note

Current roster

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs Brooks Montana Bollinger (born November 15, 1979 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is a quarterback for the NFLs Minnesota Vikings. ... Tarvaris Jackson (born April 21, 1983 in Montgomery, Alabama) is the current starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL)[1]. He was the first Alabama State University quarterback drafted into the NFL since Ricky Jones in 1992. ...

Wide Receivers Jeff Dugan (born April 8, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a National Football League tight end/fullback for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Maurice Hicks (born July 22, 1978 in Emporia, Virginia) is an NFL running back for the San Francisco 49ers. ... Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985),[1] nicknamed A.D. (all day),[2] is a professional American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). ... Naufahu Tahi (born October 30, 1981 in Fontana, California) is a fullback for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Thomas Tapeh is a National Foootball League Full Back for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Chester Lamar Taylor (born September 22, 1979 in River Rouge, Michigan) is an American football running back with the Minnesota Vikings. ... Arkee Whitlock (born May 10, 1984) is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). ...

Tight Ends Aundrae Allison (born June 25, 1984) is a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Bernard Berrian (born December 27, 1980 in Winton, California) is an American football player currently with the Chicago Bears at the position of wide receiver. ... Robert Charles Ferguson (born December 17, 1979 in Houston, Texas) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Joel Filani(born December 8, 1983 in Tempe, Arizona) is a football wide receiver for Texas Tech. ... Martin Nance(born May 26, 1983) is a wide receiver on theMinnesota Vikings. ... Sidney Rice (born September 1, 1986, in Gaffney, South Carolina) was a wide receiver for University of South Carolina. ... Justin Surrency (born January 9th, 1984 in St. ... Robert Louis Wade, Jr. ...

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen Braden Jones (born April 20, 1983) is an American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). ... Jim Kleinsasser (born January 31, 1977 in Carrington, North Dakota) is an American Football player who currently plays fullback and tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He attended the University of North Dakota and played for the Fighting Sioux football team. ... Michael Garrett Mills (born October 12, 1983) is an American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Matt Birk born July 23, 1976 is an all pro center for the Minnesota Vikings since being drafted by them out of Harvard University. ... Brian Daniels (born October 31, 1984) is an American football guard for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). ... Artis Hicks (born 1971-11-28) in an American professional footballer. ... Steven Hutchinson (born November 1, 1977 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a National Football League offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Marcus Johnson (born December 1, 1981) is a Guard currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Bryant McKinnie (born September 23, 1979 in Woodbury, New Jersey) is an offensive tackle currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Dan Mozes (born September 15th, 1983 in Washington, Pennsylvania) is an American football player for the Minnesota Vikings. ...

Linebackers

Defensive Backs This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ray Edwards is an American football player for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Frederick H. Evans (born November 6, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Otis Grigsby (born November 19, 1980) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers Categories: | | | | ... Erasmus James (born November 4, 1982 in Basseterre, Saint Kitts in the West Indies) is an American football defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He was selected with the 18th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... Brian Robison is a American football Defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Kenechi Udeze(Born:March 5,1983) is an NFL defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. ... This article is about the professional football player. ... Ellis Rashad Wyms (born April 12, 1979) is an American football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Rufus Alexander (born April 12, 1983) is a linebacker for the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team. ... Vincenzo Ciurciu (born May 2, 1980 in Hackensack, New Jersey) is an American football linebacker for the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise. ... Chad Greenway team picture. ... E.J. Henderson is a football linebacker who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings. ... David Herron (born on June 17, 1984 in Warren, Ohio) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Ben Leber (born December 7, 1978 in Vermillion, South Dakota) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He previously played for the San Diego Chargers. ... Derrick Pope (born May 4, 1982 in Galveston, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. ... Dallas Sartz (born July 8, 1983) is an American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins. ...

Special Teams Michael Boulware was born September 17, 1981, Columbia, South Carolina. ... Eric Frampton (born February 6, 1984 in San Jose, California) is a former American football safety at Washington State University. ... Cedric Leonard Griffin (born November 11, 1982) is a current American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Alton Dee McCann (born April 24th, 1983 in Lucedale, Mississippi) is a professional American football cornerback who is a practice squad player for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Marcus McCauley is a defensive back that attends Fresno State University. ... Darren Mallory Sharper (born November 3, 1975 in Richmond, Virginia). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and make it easier to understand, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Antoine Winfield (born June 24, 1977) is a professional American football player in the NFL. He played college ball for Ohio State University and joined the NFL in 1999. ...

Reserve Lists
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Restricted FAs Christopher James Kluwe, born December 24, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an NFL Punter. ... Cullen Crawford Loeffler is a National Football League longsnapper for the Minnesota Vikings. ... • Position: Kicker • Height, weight: 6-0, 199 • Age: 28 • Experience: 7 • College: California • Acquired: Waivers from 49ers, 1997 • Last season: Played in all 16 games. ...


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Pro Football Hall of Famers

Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famers[2]
No. Player Position(s) Seasons as a Viking Year Inducted
10 Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1966, 1972-1978 1986
22 Paul Krause S 1968-1979 1998
65 Gary Zimmerman OT 1986-1992 2008
73 Ron Yary OT 1968-1981 2001
81 Carl Eller DE 1964-1978 2004
88 Alan Page DT 1967-1978 1988
-- Jim Finks General Manager 1964-1973 1995
-- Bud Grant Head Coach 1967-1983, 1985 1994

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Retired numbers

Minnesota Vikings Retired Numbers[2][3]
No. Player
10 Fran Tarkenton
53 Mick Tingelhoff
70 Jim Marshall
77 Korey Stringer
80 Cris Carter
88 Alan Page

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Ring of Honor

Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor[21]
No. Player Position(s) Seasons as a Viking Date Inducted
10 Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1966, 1972-1978 September 9, 1998
22 Paul Krause S 1968-1979 November 15, 1998
30 Bill Brown RB 1962-1974 September 26, 2004
44 Chuck Foreman RB 1973-1979 September 30, 2007
53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962-1978 November 25, 2001
64 Randall McDaniel G 1988-1999 December 17, 2006
70 Jim Marshall DE 1961-1979 November 28, 1999
73 Ron Yary OT 1968-1981 September 9, 2001
77 Korey Stringer OT 1995-2000 November 19, 2001
80 Cris Carter WR 1990-2001 September 14, 2003
81 Carl Eller DE 1964-1978 November 10, 2002
88 Alan Page DT 1967-1978 September 20, 1998
-- Jerry Burns Head Coach 1986-1991 November 6, 2005
-- Jim Finks General Manager 1964-1973 October 18, 1998
-- Bud Grant Head Coach 1967-1983, 1985 November 8, 1998
-- Fred Zamberletti Medical Adviser 1961-Present December 20, 1998

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40th Anniversary Team

Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Robert Scott Smith (born March 4, 1972 in Euclid, Ohio) is a former American football running back who played with the Ohio State Buckeyes and later with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He was known for his academic hobbies including astronomy and medicine. ... Ahmad Rashad Ahmad Rashad (born Bobby Moore November 19, 1949 in Portland, Oregon, raised in Tacoma, Washington) is an Emmy award-winning sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver for the St. ... Cristopher D. Carter (born November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987-89), the Minnesota Vikings (1990-2001) and the Miami Dolphins (2002). ... Steve Jordan is a former American Football tight end who played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings (1982 through 1994). ... Anthony Ronald Ron Yary (born July 16, 1946) in Chicago, IL, and was a former professional American football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... Randall McDaniel was an offensive guard in the NFL. He began his pro career in 1988 after being drafted by the VIkings, and played with them until 1999, when he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Mick Tingelhoff (born 1940) was a football player in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Edward White (1910-1994) a British composer of light classical music. ... Timothy Edward Irwin (born December 13, 1958) was an offensive tackle in the NFL. He played most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. ... Jim Marshall (born December 30, 1937 Danville, Kentucky) played college football at Ohio State University. ... Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is an American jurist, and a Hall of Fame professional American football player who starred primarily with the Minnesota Vikings as a member of the Purple People Eaters. ... John Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. ... Not to be confused with Karl Eller. ... Matt Blair was a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for 12 seasons from 1974-1985. ... Scott Studwell (born August 27, 1954 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former professional American football player. ... Jeffrey Glenn Siemon (born June 2nd, 1950 in Rochester, Minnesota) is a former professional American football player. ... Bobby Bryant was a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Carl Lee (born February 6, 1961 in South Charleston, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for twelve seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. ... Paul Krause (born February 19, 1942 in Flint, Michigan) is a former professional American football player. ... Joey Browner (born May 15, 1960 in Warren, OH) is a former American Football strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings from 1983 until 1991. ... Greg Coleman (born September 9, 1954 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a retired football player. ... Fred Cox is a former National Football League kicker for the Minnesota Vikings throughout his career (1963-1977). ... Darrin Nelson was a professional football player in the United States. ... Categories: Football (soccer) stubs | Scottish footballers | 1931 births | 2004 deaths ...

Other notable alumni

Grady Alderman (born December 10, 1938) was offensive lineman in the NFL. He played most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. ... Matt Blair was a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for 12 seasons from 1974-1985. ... Todd Bouman is a quarterback for the NFLs New Orleans Saints. ... For other persons named Bill or William Brown, see William Brown Bill Brown (born June 29, 1938 in Mendota, Illinois) is a former American football player. ... Ted Brown (b. ... Joey Browner (born May 15, 1960 in Warren, OH) is a former American Football strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings from 1983 until 1991. ... Bobby Bryant was a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Anthony Carter (born September 17, 1960 in Riviera Beach, Florida) was an American football wide receiver. ... Cristopher D. Carter (born November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987-89), the Minnesota Vikings (1990-2001) and the Miami Dolphins (2002). ... Jeffrey Allen Christy (born February 3, 1969) was an American football center for the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Greg Coleman (born September 9, 1954 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a retired football player. ... Fred Cox is a former National Football League kicker for the Minnesota Vikings throughout his career (1963-1977). ... Rick Danmeier (born April 8, 1952 in St. ... Jack Del Rio, Jr. ... Stephen Whitfield Steve Dils (born December 8, 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American football quarterback who played 10 seasons in the in the National Football League. ... David Dixon (born January 5, 1969 in Papakura, New Zealand) was a guard who played eleven professional seasons in the NFL. Dixon attended Arizona State University. ... Chris Doleman is a former American Football player who played Defensive End for the Minnesota Vikings (1985 through 1993, 1999), Atlanta Falcons (1994 through 1995), and the San Francisco 49ers (1996_1998). ... William Henry Dozier Jr. ... Not to be confused with Karl Eller. ... Jim Finks (August 31, 1927 - May 8, 1994) was an American sports executive primarily for American football. ... Paul Richard Flatley (born January 30, 1941 in Richmond, Indiana) was a wide receiver in the National Football League from 1963 to 1970. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Richard Joseph Gannon (born December 20, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former football quarterback, who achieved most of his success late in his career with the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League. ... John Gilliam (born August 7, 1945 in Greenwood, South Carolina) was an American football wide receiver. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... Robert Lee Grim (born May 8, 1945 in Oakland, California) was an NFL wide receiver from 1967-1977. ... Ross Cooper Rip Hawkins (born April 21, 1939 in Winchester, Tennessee) is a former professional American football player. ... Walter Hilgenberg (born September 19, 1942 in Marshalltown, Iowa) is a former professional American football player. ... Timothy Edward Irwin (born December 13, 1958) was an offensive tackle in the NFL. He played most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Clinton Jones was a professional football player in the United States from 1967 until 1973. ... Hassan Ameer Jones (born July 2, 1964 in Clearwater, Florida), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 5th round of the 1986 NFL Draft. ... Andrew Jordan (born June 21, 1972 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Steven Russell Jordan (born January 10, 1961 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former American football tight end who played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings (1982 through 1994). ... Kapp on Sports Illustrated Cover Joseph Robert Kapp was an American football quarterback. ... Karl Otto Kassulke (born March 20, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former professional American football player. ... Tommy Kramer (born March 7, 1955) is a former American football player. ... Paul Krause (born February 19, 1942 in Flint, Michigan) is a former professional American football player. ... Gary Larsen (born March 13, 1942) was a defensive tackle in the NFL and played college football at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. ... Robert Melville Lee (born August 7, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former professional American football player. ... Carl Lee (born February 6, 1961 in South Charleston, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for twelve seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. ... Leo Lewis (born September 17, 1956 in Columbia, Missouri is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for eleven seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns. ... Everett Lindsay (born September 18, 1970 in Burlington, Iowa) was a guard who played eleven professional seasons in the NFL. Lindsay attended University of Mississippi. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Bob Lurtsema, better known as “Benchwarmer Bob,” was born 3/29/1942, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Archie Elisha Manning (born May 19, 1949 in Drew, Mississippi) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. ... Ed Marinaro (born March 31, 1950 in New York City) is an American actor and former football player. ... Jim Marshall (born December 30, 1937 Danville, Kentucky) played college football at Ohio State University. ... Doug Martin (born May 22, 1957 in Fairfield, California), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (9th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. ... Thomas Cyril Mason (born July 8, 1939 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is an American football player. ... Ed McDaniel was a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings from 1992 to 2001. ... Randall McDaniel was an offensive guard in the NFL. He began his pro career in 1988 after being drafted by the VIkings, and played with them until 1999, when he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Hugh McElhenny (born December 31, 1928) was an NFL running back who played from 1952-1964, for the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. ... James Robert Jim McMahon (born August 21, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American football star in the 1980s, first at Brigham Young University and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears. ... Frederick McNeill (born May 6, 1952) was a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for 12 seasons from 1974-1985. ... Mike Merriweather is a former American football linebacker. ... Keith Millard is a former American Football Defensive Tackle who played with the Minnesota Vikings (1985-1990), Green Bay Packers (1992), Seattle Seahawks (1992), and the Philadelphia Eagles (1993). ... For the footballer (soccer), see Warren Moon (footballer). ... Harold Morrow (born February 24, 1973 in Maplesville, AL) is a National Football League full back for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... Mike Mularkey (born November 19, 1961 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an assistant coach of the Miami Dolphins. ... Mark Mullaney (born April 30, 1953 in Denver, Colorado), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (25th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft. ... Darrin Nelson was a professional football player in the United States. ... Al Noga (born September 16, 1965) is a former football defensive lineman and played seven seasons in the NFL. Noga was an Outland Trophy finalist, and an AP first team All-American at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. ... Dave Osborn (born March 18, 1943 in Everett, Washington is a former professional American football player who played running back for twelve seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. ... Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is an American jurist, and a Hall of Fame professional American football player who starred primarily with the Minnesota Vikings as a member of the Purple People Eaters. ... David Palmer (born November 19, 1972 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for seven seasons for the Minnesota Vikings. ... James Francis Prestel (born June 28, 1937 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for eight seasons for the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins. ... John Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. ... Ahmad Rashad Ahmad Rashad (born Bobby Moore November 19, 1949 in Portland, Oregon, raised in Tacoma, Washington) is an Emmy award-winning sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver for the St. ... Jake Reed (born 1967) is a former American Football wide receiver who played for 12 seasons between 1991 and 2002 with the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. ... Jerry Reichow (born May 19, 1934 in Decorah, Iowa), is a former American professional football player. ... Fuad Reveiz (born February 24, 1963 in Bogotá, Colombia) is a former placekicker for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings. ... Steve Riley is a drummer who has played in various bands including W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns. ... Richard Sean Salisbury (born March 9, 1963 in Long Beach, California) is an ESPN football analyst and former NFL and CFL quarterback. ... Todd Scott was an American football player who played defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Joseph Spence Senser (born August 18, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a former American professional football player. ... Ed Sharockman (born November 4, 1939 in St. ... Jeffrey Glenn Siemon (born June 2nd, 1950 in Rochester, Minnesota) is a former professional American football player. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Korey Damont Stringer (May 8, 1974 – August 1, 2001) was an American football player who died from complications brought on by heat stroke, during training camp in Mankato, Minnesota while playing for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Scott Studwell (born August 27, 1954 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former professional American football player. ... Milton John Sunde (born February 1, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) was a guard in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Douglas A. Sutherland (born April 1, 1948) in Superior, Wisconsin was a defensive tackle in the NFL and played college football at Wisconsin-Superior. ... Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. ... Henry Thomas was a defensive tackle in the NFL. He played for the Minnesota Vikings for most of his career. ... Orlando Thomas (born October 21, 1972) is a former defensive back who played in the NFL. Thomas played from 1995-2001. ... Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959 in Bayshore, New York) is an American football NFL coach, best known as the former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... Mick Tingelhoff (born 1940) was a football player in the 1960s and 1970s. ... John Turner (born February 22, 1956 in Miami, Florida) is a former professional American football player. ... Norman Mack Norm Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), also known as The Dutchman, was an American football player and coach. ... Stu Voigt is a former NFL tight end. ... Herschel Walker (born March 3, 1962 in Wrightsville, Georgia) is a former professional American football player in the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... Chris Walsh (born December 12, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver who played 11 seasons in the National Football League. ... Lonnie Warwick (born September 19, 1942 in Raleigh, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player. ... Dewayne Neron Washington (born December 27, 1972 in Durham, North Carolina) is an American football cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. He has also played for the Minnesota Vikings (1994-1997), Pittsburgh Steelers (1998-2003), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2004). ... Gene Washington (born January 25, 1944 in La Porte, Texas) was a NFL player who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos as a wide receiver. ... [[Image: ]] Charlie West (born August 31, 1946 in Big Spring, Texas) is a former safety who played for three NFL teams. ... Edward Alvin White (born April 4, 1947 in La Mesa, California) is a former American football player. ... Sammy White (born March 3, 1954 in Winnsboro, Louisiana) is an American former NFL football player. ... Maurece Jabari Moe Williams (born July 26, 1974 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). ... For other uses, see Wade Wilson. ... Roy Charles Winston (born September 15, 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former professional American football player. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Anthony Ronald Ron Yary (born July 16, 1946) in Chicago, IL, and was a former professional American football player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... Rickey Young (born December 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the NFL. He led the NFL in receptions in 1978. ...

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Name Years Won Lost Ties Winning % Post Season
Norm Van Brocklin 1961-1966 29 51 4 .363 -
Bud Grant 1967-1983 151 87 5 .634 1968-71, 1973-78, 1980, 1982
Les Steckel 1984 3 13 0 .188 -
Bud Grant 1985 7 9 0 .438 -
Jerry Burns 1986-1991 52 43 0 .547 1987-89
Dennis Green 1992-2001 97 62 0 .610 1992-94, 1996-2000
Mike Tice 2001-2005 32 33 0 .492 2004
Brad Childress 2006- present 14 18 0 .438 -

Norman Mack Norm Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), also known as The Dutchman, was an American football player and coach. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... Les Steckel (b. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... Jerry Burns (born January 24, 1927) is a former football coach who is best remembered for serving as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... Dennis Denny Green (b. ... Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959 in Bayshore, New York) is an American football NFL coach, best known as the former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.) is a professional American football coach. ...

Current staff

Minnesota Vikings staff
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Front Office
  • Owner/Chairman - Zygi Wilf
  • Owner/President - Mark Wilf
  • Owner/Vice President - Leonard Wilf
  • Vice President of Football Operations - Rob Brzezinski
  • Vice President of Player Personnel - Rick Spielman

Head Coaches Zygi Wilf Zygmunt Zygi Wilf (born April 22, 1950 in Germany) is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. Wilfs parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, are both Holocaust survivors in Poland. ... Rick Spielman is currently the Vice President of Player Personel of the NFLs Minnesota Vikings. ...

Offensive Coaches Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.) is a professional American football coach. ... Leslie Antonio Frazier (born April 3, 1959 in Columbus, Mississippi) was a cornerback/safety in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. ...

  • Offensive Coordinator - Darrell Bevell
  • Quarterbacks - Kevin Rogers
  • Running Backs - Eric Bieniemy
  • Wide Receivers - George Stewart
  • Tight Ends - Jimmie Johnson
  • Offensive Line - Pat Morris
  • Assistant Offensive Line - Jim Hueber
  • Offensive Assistant - Chad O'Shea
 

Defensive Coaches Darrell Bevell is the current Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach and former University of Wisconsin - Madison four-year starting quarterback. ... Eric Bieniemy (born August 15, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was a running back in the National Football League. ... Jimmie O. Johnson, Jr. ... Pat Morris (born April 7, 1954 in Cleveland)is the offensive line coach of the National Football League Minnesota Vikings. ...

  • Defensive Line - Karl Dunbar
  • Linebackers - Fred Pagac
  • Secondary - Joe Woods
  • Assistant Defensive Backs - Derek Mason
  • Defensive Assistant - Jeff Imamura
  • Defensive Quality Control - Brendan Daly

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator - Paul Ferraro
  • Assistant Special Teams - Brian Murphy

Strength and Conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning - Tom Kanavy
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning - Juney Barnett
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning - Matt Streight


Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team staffs: // Categories: | ...

Radio and television

The Vikings' flagship radio station is KFAN-AM (1130). The games are also heard on the "KFAN Radio Network" in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and North Dakota, as well as many other outlets. Paul Allen has been the play-by-play announcer since the 2002 NFL season and Pete Bercich is the analyst, who began his first season in 2007. KFAN (1130 AM) is a sports talk radio station in the Minneapolis-St. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,116[1] sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... Paul Allen (sometimes referred to as P.A.) is a radio broadcaster on KFAN radio (1130 AM) in the Minneapolis-St. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ...


Telecasts of preseason games not shown on national networks are aired on KSTP-TV (Channel 5) in the Twin Cities with Ron Franklin doing play-by-play. KSTP-TV Channel 5 (50 digital) is the ABC affiliate for the Twin Cities. ... Ron Franklin Ron Franklin (born Feb. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ Quirk, Jim (1998). THE MINNEAPOLIS MARINES: MINNESOTA'S FORGOTTEN NFL TEAM. Professional Football Researchers Association. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e Minnesota Vikings. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Minnesota Vikings. Sports E-Cyclopedia. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w History: Team Timeline. Viking Update (2002-07-19). Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  5. ^ The Purple People Eaters. Viking Update (2001-07-19). Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  6. ^ Super Bowl IV. Super Bowl I-X Collector's Set [DVD]. NFL Productions, LLC.
  7. ^ All-Time Super Bowl Odds. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2007-04-25.
  8. ^ The Famous Hail Mary Pass. Viking Update (2001-07-20). Retrieved on 2007-04-25.
  9. ^ a b FRAN TARKENTON. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-04-29.
  10. ^ BUD GRANT. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
  11. ^ NFL Scoreboard: Recap: St. Louis 49, Minnesota 37. CNN Sports Illustrated (2000-01-16). Retrieved on 2007-05-04.
  12. ^ 2000 Minnesota Vikings Statistics & Players - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  13. ^ ESPN.com - NFL - Vikings' Smith surprises with retirement
  14. ^ ESPN.com - Green, Vikings agree to buyout
  15. ^ 2004 Minnesota Vikings Statistics & Players - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  16. ^ ESPN - Eagles outplay self-destructing Vikings - NFL Football Recap
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  18. ^ New Header
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  20. ^ OP firm develops NFL's Vikings mascot - Kansas City Business Journal:
  21. ^ Vikings : Ring Of Honor

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It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league... The entrance The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, usually simply called The Metrodome or The Dome, and often nicknamed the Homerdome (even though in reality it is no friendlier to the long ball than average[3]), is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... For the Norwegian football (soccer) stadium, see Viking Stadion The Vikings Stadium is the working title of the proposed future stadium for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... Date January 13, 1974 Stadium Rice Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Larry Csonka, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 7 National Anthem Charley Pride Coin toss Game referee Halftime show University of Texas at Austin Band Attendance 71,882 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray Scott, Pat Summerall... Date January 12, 1975 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Franco Harris, Running back Favorite Steelers by 3 National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Bernie Ulman Halftime show Tribute to Duke Ellington with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State University Band Attendance 80,997... Date January 9, 1977 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver Favorite Raiders by 4 1/2 National anthem Vikki Carr (America the Beautiful) Coin toss Jim Tunney Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Disney presents Its A Small World with the Los Angeles Unified... The Purple People Eaters was the nickname of the Minnesota Vikings football teams defensive line of the late 1960s to the late 1970s, when the Vikings played in four Super Bowls. ... Skol, Vikings is the fight song of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. ... Norman Mack Norm Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), also known as The Dutchman, was an American football player and coach. ... Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... Les Steckel (b. ... Jerry Burns (born January 24, 1927) is a former football coach who is best remembered for serving as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... Dennis Denny Green (b. ... Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959 in Bayshore, New York) is an American football NFL coach, best known as the former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. ... Brad Childress (born June 27, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, U.S.) is a professional American football coach. ... The 1969 NFL Championship game was the 37th and final championship game played prior to AFL-NFL Merger. ... NFL redirects here. ... This is a list of seasons of the National Football League. ... The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... The AFC East is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... The AFC North is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... The AFC South is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... The AFC West is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Current uniform Team colors Royal Blue, White Mascot Blue Personnel Owner Jim Irsay General Manager Bill Polian Head Coach Tony Dungy... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Current uniform Team colors Red, White and Gold Mascot K. C. Wolf (1985-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) Personnel Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Browns redirects here. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Steelers redirects here. ... 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City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... 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The National Football League (NFL) playoffs is a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. ... The AFC Championship Game is one of the two semi-final matches of the National Football League, the largest professional American football league in the United States. ... NFC Championship Game is an American football game played every year to determine the champion of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... // This is a list of Super Bowl champions, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship game of the National Football League. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... 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The following is a list and brief history of American football franchises that at one time played in the National Football League (NFL). ... The following is a list of current National Football League franchise owners. ... McAfee Coliseum Monster Park Qwest Field Qualcomm Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium Paul Brown Stadium Soldier Field RCA Dome Edward Jones Dome Arrowhead Stadium Invesco Field [at Mile High] Ford Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Lambeau Field Ralph Wilson Stadium Gillette Stadium Giants Stadium Reliant Stadium Louisiana Superdome Georgia Dome... The following is a list of past National Football League stadiums, that is, all past home stadiums used by teams playing in the National Football League (NFL), and their locations and capacities. ... This is a list of individual National Football League records. ... This is a list of team NFL records. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... National Football League lore is a collection of information that NFL fans retain and share. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... The lack of a National Football League (NFL) team in Los Angeles, the second-largest media market in the United States, is a large issue the league has been working on to resolve since both the Raiders and the Rams left the area after the 1994 season. ... NFL Europa is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... The World Bowl is the American football Championship game of the NFL Europe, similar to the Super Bowl of the NFL. When the NFL Europe was founded in 1991 as World League of American Football (WLAF), with teams in North America and Europe as well as expansion plans for Asia... The television rights to broadcast National Football League (NFL) games are the most lucrative and expensive rights of any sport. ... The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ... Commissioner Goodell frequently emphasizes the protection of the NFLs public image, including the shield. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... In the National Football League, NFL Training Camp refers to the time before the season commences. ... The National Football League exhibition season refers to the NFLs pre-season games before the NFL regular season starts. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League pre-season exhibition game that is held a few days after the Pro Football Hall of Fames induction ceremonies. ... For the championship game of the American Indoor Football League, see American Bowl (AIFL). ... The China Bowl is the name of an upcoming National Football League (NFL) pre-season exhibition game scheduled to take place in August 2009 between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at the National Stadium in Beijing. ... The logo for the 2002 concert event before the Kickoff Game The NFL Kickoff game, and related festivities, mark the start of the National Football League season. ... MNF redirects here. ... NFL Thanksgiving 2006 logo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Minnesota. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Largest metro area Minneapolis-St. ... This article is about the sport. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... This article refers to the modern American Association that started in 2006. ... The St. ... It has been suggested that Northwoods League Umpires be merged into this article or section. ... The Alexandria Beetles are a summer college-level baseball team playing for the Northwoods League in Alexandria, Minnesota . ... ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... The Duluth Huskies are a college-level summer baseball team based in Duluth, Minnesota. ... 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The team has existed since the late 1990s. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... The North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the defunct America West Hockey League merged in 2003 to form a 21-team Junior A league, sanctioned by USA Hockey. ... The Alexandria Blizzard are a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey Leagues central division. ... The Southern Minnesota Express are a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey Leagues central division, and play out of Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna, Minnesota. ... The Western Womens Hockey League (WWHL) is one of two womens hockey leagues in Canada. ... Minnesota Whitecaps is a professional womens ice hockey team that plays in the Minneapolis-St. ... Soccer redirects here. ... The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The Minnesota Thunder is a professional mens soccer team based out of St Paul, Minnesota. ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States pyramid. ... The Minnesota Thunder is a professional mens soccer team based out of St Paul, Minnesota. ... The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American soccer league recognized by the USSF and FIFA as a Division III league. ... St. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... NLL redirects here. ... Minnesota Swarm are an indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. ... 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