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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1961 –PRESENT)

* Western Conference (1961–1969)

* Central Division (1967–1969)

* NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (1970–PRESENT)

* NFC Central (1970–2001) * NFC NORTH (2002–PRESENT)

CURRENT UNIFORM

TEAM COLORS

Purple
Purple
, Gold , White
White

FIGHT SONG Skol, Vikings

MASCOT Viktor the Viking

PERSONNEL

OWNER(S) Zygi Wilf

CHAIRMAN Zygi Wilf

PRESIDENT Mark Wilf

GENERAL MANAGER Rick Spielman

HEAD COACH Mike Zimmer

TEAM HISTORY

* MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1961–PRESENT)

TEAM NICKNAMES

* The Vikes, The Purple
Purple
People Eaters , The Purple
Purple
and Gold

CHAMPIONSHIPS

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS (0†)

* NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRE-1970 AFL–NFL MERGER ) (1) 1969

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4)

* NFL WESTERN: 1969 * NFC: 1973 , 1974 , 1976

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (19)

* NFL CENTRAL: 1968 , 1969 * NFC CENTRAL: 1970 , 1971 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1976 , 1977 , 1978 , 1980 , 1989 , 1992 , 1994 , 1998 , 2000 * NFC NORTH: 2008 , 2009 , 2015

† – Does not include the AFL or NFL championships won during the same seasons as the AFL–NFL Super Bowl
Super Bowl
championships before the 1970 AFL–NFL merger
AFL–NFL merger

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (28)

* NFL: 1968 , 1969 , 1970 , 1971 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1976 , 1977 , 1978 , 1980 , 1982 , 1987 , 1988 , 1989 , 1992 , 1993 , 1994 , 1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 1999 , 2000 , 2004 , 2008 , 2009 , 2012 , 2015

HOME FIELDS

* Metropolitan Stadium (1961–1981) * Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982–2013) * TCF Bank Stadium
TCF Bank Stadium
(2014–2015) * U.S. BANK STADIUM (2016–PRESENT)

The MINNESOTA VIKINGS are an American football
American football
team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division; before that, the Vikings were in the NFC Central, and before that they were in the NFL's Western Conference Central Division. The team has played in four Super Bowl
Super Bowl
games, but lost all four of them. The team plays its home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1960s * 1.2 1970s * 1.3 1980s

* 1.4 1990s

* 1.4.1 1998 * 1.4.2 1999

* 1.5 2000s

* 1.5.1 2000 * 1.5.2 2001–2005 * 1.5.3 2006–2008 * 1.5.4 2009–2010 * 1.5.5 2011–2013 * 1.5.6 2014–present

* 2 Logo and uniforms

* 2.1 All purple uniforms

* 3 Mascots

* 3.1 Current mascot * 3.2 Historic mascots

* 4 Traditions

* 4.1 Fight song

* 4.2 Rivals

* 4.2.1 Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
* 4.2.2 Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
* 4.2.3 Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers

* 4.3 Helga hats * 4.4 Vikings horn

* 5 Players

* 5.1 Current roster * 5.2 Retired numbers * 5.3 Pro Football Hall of Famers * 5.4 Ring of Honor * 5.5 25th Anniversary Team (1985) * 5.6 40th Anniversary Team (2000) * 5.7 50 Greatest Vikings (2010) * 5.8 All Metrodome Team (2013)

* 6 Coaches

* 6.1 Head coaches * 6.2 Current staff

* 7 Radio and television

* 7.1 Radio affiliates

* 7.1.1 Minnesota
Minnesota
* 7.1.2 Iowa
Iowa
* 7.1.3 North Dakota * 7.1.4 South Dakota * 7.1.5 Wisconsin
Wisconsin

* 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links

HISTORY

Main article: History of the Minnesota Vikings See also: List of Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings seasons

Professional football in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Minneapolis–Saint Paul
area (the "Twin Cities") began with the Minneapolis
Minneapolis
Marines/Red Jackets , an NFL team that played intermittently in the 1920s and 1930s. However, a new professional team in the area did not surface again until August 1959, when Minneapolis
Minneapolis
businessmen Bill Boyer, H.P. Skoglund, and Max Winter were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League
American Football League
(AFL). Five months later, in January 1960, after significant pressure from the NFL, the ownership group, along with Bernie Ridder, reneged on its agreement with the AFL and then was awarded the National Football League's 14th franchise, with play to begin in 1961. Ole Haugsrud was added to the NFL team ownership because, in the 1920s, when he sold his Duluth Eskimos team back to the league, the agreement allowed him 10 percent of any future Minnesota
Minnesota
team. Coincidentally or not, the teams from Ole Haugsrud's high school, Central High School in Superior, Wisconsin , were also called the Vikings and also had a similar purple-and-yellow uniform design.

From the team's first season in 1961 to 1981 , the team called Metropolitan Stadium in suburban Bloomington home. The Vikings conducted summer training camp at Bemidji State University from 1961 to 1965. In 1966, the team moved to their training camp to Minnesota State University in Mankato . The training camp at Minnesota
Minnesota
State was one of the longest continuously running training camp events in the NFL and is remembered as part of the golden era history of the team. The Vikings played their home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis
Minneapolis
from 1982 to 2013. The Vikings played their last game at the Metrodome on December 29, 2013, defeating the Detroit Lions 14–13 to end the season.

Since the team's first season in 1961, the Vikings have had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL. As of 2014, they have won at least three games in every season except in 1962 , and are one of only six NFL teams to win at least 15 games in a regular season. The Vikings have won one NFL Championship , in 1969 , before the league's merger with the American Football League
American Football League
(AFL). Since the league merger in 1970, they have qualified for the playoffs 26 times, third-most in the league. The team has played in Super Bowls IV , VIII , IX , and XI , though failing to win any of them. In addition, they have lost in their last five NFC Championship Game appearances since 1978. The team currently has 13 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame .

1960S

The team was officially named the Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings on September 27, 1960; the name is partly meant to reflect Minnesota's place as a center of Scandinavian American
Scandinavian American
culture. From the start, the Vikings embraced an energetic marketing program that produced first-year season ticket sales of nearly 26,000 and an average home attendance of 34,586, about 85 percent of Metropolitan Stadium 's capacity of 40,800. Eventually, the capacity of Met Stadium was increased to 47,900. The search for the first head coach saw the team court then-Northwestern University head coach Ara Parseghian
Ara Parseghian
, who, according to Minneapolis
Minneapolis
Star writer Jim Klobuchar —the Vikings' first beat reporter for that newspaper—visited team management in the Twin Cities under the condition that his visit was to be kept secret from his current employer. His cover was blown by local columnist Sid Hartman , who reported the visit and forced Parseghian to issue denials. Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
assistant Nick Skorich and a man with Minnesota
Minnesota
ties who was working in the CFL , Bud Grant , were also candidates until a different Eagle, quarterback Norm Van Brocklin , was hired on January 18, 1961. Van Brocklin had just finished his career as a player on a high note, having defeated the Green Bay Packers in the 1960 NFL Championship Game .

As a new franchise, the Vikings had the first overall selection in the 1961 NFL Draft , and they picked running back Tommy Mason of Tulane . They also took a young quarterback from the University of Georgia named Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
in the third round. Notable veterans acquired in the offseason were George Shaw and Hugh McElhenny . The Vikings won their first regular season game, defeating the Chicago Bears 37–13 on Opening Day 1961 ; Tarkenton came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes and run for another to lead the upset. Reality set in as the expansion team lost its next seven games on their way to a 3–11 record. The losing continued throughout much of the 1960s as the Vikings had a combined record of 32 wins, 59 losses, and 7 ties in their first seven seasons with only one winning season (8–5–1 in 1964).

On March 7, 1967, quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
was traded to the New York Giants for a first-round and second-round draft choice in 1967, a first-round choice in 1968 and a second-round choice in 1969. With the picks, Minnesota
Minnesota
selected Clinton Jones and Bob Grim in 1967, Ron Yary in 1968 and Ed White
White
in 1969. On March 10, 1967 the Vikings hired new head coach Bud Grant to replace Van Brocklin, who had resigned on February 11, 1967. Grant came to the Vikings from the Canadian Football League as head coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
, whom he led to four Grey Cup Championships in 10 years. Replacing Tarkenton at quarterback was eight-year CFL veteran and Grey Cup champion Joe Kapp . During the late 1960s, the Vikings built a powerful defense known as the Purple
Purple
People Eaters , led by Alan Page
Alan Page
, Carl Eller
Carl Eller
, Gary Larsen , and Jim Marshall . In 1968 , that stingy defense earned the Vikings their first Central Division title and their first playoff berth.

In 1969 , the Vikings secured a 12–2 record. The team had 12 straight regular-season victories after a season-opening loss to the New York Giants, which was the longest single-season winning streak in 35 years. The Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
27–7 in the last pre-merger NFL Championship Game on January 4, 1970, at Metropolitan Stadium. The Vikings became the first modern NFL expansion team to win an NFL Championship Game , and earned a berth in Super Bowl IV
Super Bowl IV
; however, the heavily favored Vikings lost that game to the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
, 23–7. The team MVP that season was Joe Kapp, who threw for seven touchdowns against the Baltimore Colts – still an all-time NFL record; however, Kapp refused to accept the award, stating, "There is not one most valuable Viking... there are 40 most valuable Vikings!"

1970S

Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
in 2010.

The team continued to dominate in 1970 and 1971 , reaching the playoffs behind the stubborn " Purple
Purple
People Eaters" defensive line. In 1971, Alan Page
Alan Page
won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award given by the Associated Press
Associated Press
. He was the first defensive player to win the award.

On January 27, 1972, the Vikings traded Norm Snead , Bob Grim, Vince Clements and first-round draft picks in 1972 and 1973 to the New York Giants to reacquire the popular Fran Tarkenton. While the acquisitions of 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 on February 19, 1973 and was replaced on the team's board of directors by his son-in-law Jack Steele.

The Vikings won their first nine games of 1973 and finished the season with a 12–2 record. They then advanced to their second Super Bowl in franchise history, Super Bowl VIII
Super Bowl VIII
, against the Miami Dolphins at Rice Stadium in Houston
Houston
, Texas
Texas
; however, the Dolphins prevailed, 24–7.

The Vikings won the Central Division again in 1974 with a 10–4 record. 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
Super Bowl IX
(3rd overall), losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers , 16–6, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on January 12, 1975.

Led by Tarkenton and running back Chuck Foreman , the 1975 Vikings got off to a 10–0 start and easily won another division title. However, the Vikings lost to the Dallas Cowboys
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 . The touchdown was controversial because many felt that Pearson pushed off on Vikings defensive back Nate Wright , which is pass interference and 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. A Corby's Whiskey bottle struck game official, Armen Terzian , rendering him unconscious.

The Vikings played in Super Bowl XI , their third Super Bowl
Super Bowl
(fourth overall) in four years, against the Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
Pasadena, California
, on January 9, 1977. The Vikings, however, lost 32–14.

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, but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl
Super Bowl
Champion Cowboys , 23–6, at Texas
Texas
Stadium .

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 after having lost in their previous four playoff matchups (in 1969, '74, '76 and '77). Quarterback
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
retired following the season holding league passer records in attempts (6,467), completions (3,686), yards (47,003), and touchdowns (342).

In December 1979, ground was broken for construction of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

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. The Vikings played their final game at Metropolitan Stadium on December 20 to conclude the 1981 NFL season by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs , 10–6.

The Vikings played their first game at the Metrodome in a preseason matchup against the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
on August 21, 1982 in a game Minnesota
Minnesota
won, 7–3. The first touchdown in the new facility was scored by Joe Senser on an 11-yard pass from Tommy Kramer . 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. That year the defense led by Joey Browner began a dominant 10-year run as a premier NFL defense, which changed the franchises history back to winning.

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. 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. However, the Vikings lost a franchise-worst 13 games. After the season Steckel was fired, and on December 18, 1984, Bud Grant came out of retirement and was rehired as the head coach of the Vikings. A ticket for the 1988 NFC Wildcard Game between the Vikings and the Los Angeles Rams.

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. Longtime Vikings assistant coach Jerry Burns was named the fourth head coach in team history on January 7, 1986. He served as the Vikings' offensive coordinator from 1968 to 1985, when the team won 11 division titles and played in four Super Bowls. In his first season, the Vikings, led by the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Tommy Kramer, went 9–7, their first winning record in four years. On August 2, 1986, Fran Tarkenton
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.

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. They defeated the 12–3 New Orleans
New Orleans
Saints 44–10 at the Louisiana Superdome in the Wild Card 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
Washington Redskins
in the NFC Championship Game on January 17, 1988, at RFK Stadium . Trailing 17–10, the Vikings drove to the Redskins' 6-yard line with a little over a minute left in the game, but failed to get the ball into the end zone. Redskins cornerback Darrell Green ended the Vikings' hopes of a Super Bowl
Super Bowl
when he broke up a pass from Wade Wilson intended for Darrin Nelson at the goal line.

On October 12, 1989, the Vikings acquired Herschel Walker
Herschel Walker
from Dallas. The final result of the trade gave the Vikings Walker, third-round choice Mike Jones, fifth-round choice Reggie Thornton and 10th-round choice Pat Newman in 1990 and a third-round choice Jake Reed in 1991. Dallas received Issiac Holt, David Howard, Darrin Nelson, Jesse Solomon, Alex Stewart, a first-, second- and a sixth-round choice in 1990, first- and second-round choices in 1991 and a first-, second- and third-round choice in 1992. Two of those selections turned into Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson . Walker's performance fell short of expectations in his three seasons with the Vikings, while the Cowboys rode their draft picks to three Super Bowl victories in the early-to-mid-1990s.

1990S

On December 3, 1991, Jerry Burns announced his retirement effective at the end of the 1991 season. In six seasons as Head Coach of the Vikings, Burns compiled a career record of 52–43 (.547). He also led Minnesota
Minnesota
to three playoff appearances, including a division title and an NFC Championship Game. Dennis Green was later named the fifth head coach in team history, after turning around a struggling Stanford University football program as head coach from 1989 to 1991. In his 10 seasons as the coach of the Vikings, Green won four NFC Central division titles, had eight playoff appearances, two NFC Championship Game appearances and an all-time record of 97–62. The Vikings therefore had the fifth highest winning percentage among all NFL teams during the regular season in the 1990s.

1998

Main article: 1998 Minnesota Vikings season

1998 was a year to remember for the franchise. With a spectacular offense led by quarterback Randall Cunningham (who replaced an injured Brad Johnson ), running back Robert Smith , veteran wide receiver Cris Carter , and explosive rookie Randy Moss
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 was to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27–24 in Week 9. In the playoffs, the Vikings rolled past the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
41–21, and came into the Metrodome heavily favored for their NFC title showdown with the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
, who had gone 14–2 in the regular season. After 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 field goal attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining , the Falcons' ensuing drive tied the game. This led to a controversial decision by head coach Dennis Green to run out the clock and let the game go to overtime. Though the Vikings won the coin toss, Atlanta went on to win it 30–27 in overtime on Morten Andersen 's 38-yard field goal. The Vikings became the first 15–1 team to fail to reach the Super Bowl. The Falcons lost Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXIII to John Elway and the Denver Broncos .

1999

A Vikings preseason game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in August 1999. Main article: 1999 Minnesota Vikings season

Cunningham resumed duties again in 1999, but after a lukewarm 2–4 start, Jeff George replaced him as starting quarterback. 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
Minnesota
beat Dallas in the Wild Card game 27–10, and faced playoff newcomer Kurt Warner
Kurt Warner
and the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional matchup. The game was a shootout that Minnesota
Minnesota
led 17–14 at halftime, but the Rams outscored Minnesota
Minnesota
35–20 in the second half to win 49–37. St. Louis would go on to win Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXIV .

2000S

The Vikings entered the decade by winning the divisional championship and an appearance in the NFC Championship game, where they were defeated 41-0 by the New York Giants. The following season, they struggled by posting a 5–11 record in 2001. The team would make the playoffs again in 2004, but would not win a divisional title again until 2008. Since the merger, the 2000s became the decade with the fewest playoff berths for the franchise.

2000

Main article: 2000 Minnesota Vikings season

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
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 traveled to New York City
New York City
to face the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Though they were the road team, the Vikings were favored to win the game (since most considered their 11–2 record with Culpepper more indicative than their 0–3 record when he was out); instead, the Vikings were defeated 41–0, their worst defeat in playoff history. Robert Smith, who ran for 1,521 yards that season, retired at the end of the year after only playing eight NFL seasons.

2001–2005

In 2001 , after a disappointing 5–11 season, the Vikings bought out the contract of Dennis Green , despite his successful coaching tenure with the team. Mike Tice
Mike Tice
coached the final game of 2001, losing to the Ravens 19–3. Tice was named the permanent coach after the season, but he would not lead the Vikings back to the playoffs until 2004.

During the 2003 season , the Vikings came close to getting into the playoffs. However, the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
completed a game-winning touchdown on 4th-and-28 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. The Vikings became the second team in football history to miss the playoffs after getting off to a 6–0 start, following the 1978 Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
.

In 2004 , Daunte Culpepper
Daunte Culpepper
amassed MVP-like statistics, throwing for 4,717 passing yards (leading the NFL ), 39 passing touchdowns (a Viking
Viking
record), and 5,123 total yards (an NFL record). In the wild card game, the Vikings defeated the rival Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
in their first-ever playoff meeting, 31–17. 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 (The St. Louis Rams did the same thing only a day earlier). In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated by the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
.

On March 2, 2005, Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss
Randy Moss
was traded to the Oakland Raiders
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
Daunte Culpepper
to a season-ending knee injury. This injury was a very significant part to this Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings team due to the fact they also lost Moss. The dynamic duo from years earlier were now gone and a new leader would eventually emerge. The Vikings finished the 2005 season with a 9–7 record. However, this season would be more notable for off-the-field events. In October, 17 team members were part of a party of about 90 that went out on a pleasure cruise on local Lake Minnetonka . The incident erupted into scandal when media reported that a number of the players had performed sex acts and that prostitutes had been flown in. Four players were ultimately charged with misdemeanors related to the party.

Mike Tice
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 .

2006–2008

All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson was selected 7th overall by the Vikings in the 2007 NFL Draft
2007 NFL Draft
.

Minnesota
Minnesota
began the 2006 season 4–2 (with Childress becoming the first Vikings coach to start his career 2–0), but would finish the year at 6–10, receiving the 7th pick in the NFL Draft ; with it, the Vikings selected Adrian Peterson out of the University of Oklahoma .

Peterson's first career touchdown was a 60-yard screen pass against the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
in his first career game. When the Vikings played the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
in Week 6, Peterson broke the record for single game All-Purpose (rushing, receiving, kick returning) yards (361 total yards, 224 rushing). In Week 9, Peterson broke the NFL single game rushing record set by Jamal Lewis in 2003 by rushing for 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers . Despite a strong push in the middle of the season, winning five straight games, the Vikings lost their final two games to finish the season at 8–8 and missed the playoffs.

In Week 13 of the 2008 season against the Bears , Gus Frerotte hooked up with Bernard Berrian and set the record for longest play in franchise history with a 99-yard touchdown pass. In the 2009 season, Adrian Peterson led the NFL with 1760 rushing yards, breaking the franchise record. The Vikings clinched the NFC North championship for the first time after defeating the New York Giants
New York Giants
20–19 in Week 17, when kicker Ryan Longwell made the game-winning field goal. Peterson had 19 carries for 109 yards and added a touchdown during the game. Vikings RB Chester Taylor
Chester Taylor
#29, QB #7 Tarvaris Jackson , OT #74 Bryant McKinnie , C #78 Matt Birk , and others in a 2009 NFC Wild Card Game .

On January 4, 2009, the Vikings hosted the Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
for the Wild Card round, their first home playoff game in eight years. The Eagles led the Viking
Viking
16–14 at halftime and, coming off a 44–6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
, went on to defeat the Vikings 26–14. The Eagles would go on to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants
New York Giants
in the Divisional round, only to lose to the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
in the NFC Championship Game.

Since 2006, the Vikings have been known especially for their strong run defense (#1 in the NFL in 2006, 2007, and 2008; they are the first NFL team to accomplish this since the AFL–NFL merger
AFL–NFL merger
in 1970), anchored by the Williams Wall consisting of defensive tackle Kevin Williams and nose tackle Pat Williams (no relation). With the addition of sack-leader Jared Allen
Jared Allen
in 2008, the dominant front four began being called by several nicknames, including "Thunder and Plunder" and "Shock and AWE" (an acronym of their surname initials).

2009–2010

Brett Favre
Brett Favre
played for the Vikings in 2009 and 2010. Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings 50th Anniversary logo: 2010

On August 18, 2009, after months of speculation and negotiations, twice-retired veteran quarterback Brett Favre
Brett Favre
, who until 2007 played 16 years for division archrival Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
, signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Vikings, starting what many Vikings fans refer to as the Brett Favre
Brett Favre
era.

On October 5, 2009, the Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
as Favre played his former team for the first time. With a 30–23 victory on Monday Night Football , the Vikings moved to a 4–0 record. Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to defeat all 32 current teams as a starter. Over 21.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the game, beating the previous record for a cable television program set by a game between the Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
and the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
in 2008 (18.6 million viewers).

The Vikings beat the New York Giants, 44–7, in Week 17 to help the team clinch the second seed in the conference and a first round-bye with an Eagles loss later that same day. The Vikings ended the regular season with a 12–4 record, their best record since 2000 and the first 11-plus win season since their record-setting 1998 campaign. The Vikings played the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
in the divisional round on January 17, 2010, and won the game by a score of 34–3, advancing the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, the ninth in franchise history. This would also be the first NFC Championship game for the team since the 2000 season. Minnesota
Minnesota
would travel to New Orleans
New Orleans
the following week to face the top-seeded Saints in the first conference championship game held at the Superdome . Despite out-gaining the Saints on offense by nearly a twofold margin, the Vikings were severely hindered by five turnovers, including a Favre interception in the final minute of the fourth quarter in Saints territory. They were ousted in overtime, 31–28, as the Saints won the coin toss and kicked a 40-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. (Ironically, due in part to this outcome, during the subsequent off-season the NFL rules committee adjusted the overtime rules for the 2010 postseason, and in 2011 for both regular season and postseason games. The new rules state that unless the first possession of overtime ends in a touchdown or safety, both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball. Under the new rules, the Vikings would have had an opportunity to possess the ball after the Saints kicked a field goal on the overtime's first possession in the NFC Championship). Jared Allen
Jared Allen
played for the Vikings from 2008 to 2013.

In the first week of the 2010 NFL regular season, the Vikings played the defending Super Bowl
Super Bowl
champions, the New Orleans
New Orleans
Saints. The Vikings lost 14–9. In Week 2, the Vikings played the Miami Dolphins and lost 14–10. The Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
24–10 in the third week of the season. After a week four bye-week, the Vikings received star wide receiver Randy Moss
Randy Moss
in a trade with the New England Patriots . Even with the addition of Moss, the Vikings lost to the New York Jets 29–20 in Week 5. The Vikings won a crucial victory against another struggling team in the form of the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
24–21, but in Week 7 the Vikings lost to the arch-rival Green Bay Packers 28–24. In Week 9, the Vikings played the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
at home and won 27–24 in overtime, coming back from a 24–10 deficit in the final four minutes of regulation. Favre threw for a career-high 446 passing yards. The Vikings then went on to face the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
, but were defeated, and then went on to be blown out 31–3 at home by the Packers the following game. Head coach
Head coach
Brad Childress was fired the following Monday. With Leslie Frazier filling in for the fired Childress, the Vikings won two games in a row. One against the Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
on the road, and a blowout win over the Buffalo Bills at home.

After a winter storm dropped nearly 17 inches of snow in the Minneapolis/St Paul area the Saturday before the Vikings December 12 home game versus the New York Giants
New York Giants
and 30 mph gusts drove snow removers off the dome's roof overnight, several panels were damaged as the weight of the snow caused the roof to collapse. After viewing the damage, Vikings management and the NFL decided to move the game to Monday and play it at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Because of on-going repairs to the roof of the Metrodome, the Vikings played their December 20 game versus the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
at TCF Bank Stadium (the home of the University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Golden Gophers ). Favre threw the final touchdown pass of his career (to Percy Harvin ) in this game. The game was played 29 years to the day after the last outdoor game at old Met Stadium. On December 26, the NFL announced that the game versus the Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
was being postponed to Tuesday, December 28, 2010 because of blizzard conditions . This marks the third consecutive venue or date change for a Vikings game and was the first NFL game played on a Tuesday since 1964. The Vikings proceeded to upset the dynamic Eagles offense, led by a resurgent Michael Vick
Michael Vick
, 24–14 with rookie Joe Webb at the helm. The Vikings finished the season 6–10 with a 20–13 loss against the Detroit Lions.

2011–2013

The 2010–11 season was a step down for the Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings. After coming within a few plays of Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIV , Minnesota
Minnesota
ended the 2010 season with a 6–10 record and a last place finish in the NFC North for the first time since 1990. During the season, the Vikings had many distractions, including trading for Randy Moss
Randy Moss
and then waiving him only a month later, Brett Favre
Brett Favre
's NFL investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to Jets' employee Jenn Sterger while he was with the team in 2008, the Metrodome's collapse and resulting venue changes, and finally head coach Brad Childress ' firing on November 22 following a 31–3 loss at the hands of the rival Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
.

After serving as the interim head coach for the final six games of the season (finishing with a 3–3 record), defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was officially named the head coach on January 3, 2011, after signing a three-year contract. On January 17, Brett Favre retired for the third, and officially last, time, leaving the team in search for a long term replacement at the quarterback position. Wasting no time after being appointed head coach, Frazier began to restructure the team's coaching staff, including letting go of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and hiring Mike Singletary as linebackers coach and Bill Musgrave as the new offensive coordinator. Their first round draft pick was Christian Ponder , a quarterback from Florida State University . The team finished with a 3–13 record, tied with the 1984 Vikings for the second worst record in franchise history. During the 2012 NFL Draft , the team selected USC lineman Matt Kalil with the 4th overall pick after a trade with the Cleveland Browns , and Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith in the first round. Both players were instrumental in helping the Vikings reach the playoffs for the 27th time in franchise history, as was fellow draftee, sixth-round selection Blair Walsh . After beating the Packers in the final game of 2012 to reach the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed, the Vikings lost 24–10 to the Packers in the rematch at Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field
in the Wild Card round. The team was forced to play backup Joe Webb during the game after Ponder was sidelined due to an arm injury sustained from the previous week. Peterson was later named the league's MVP , after rushing for 2,097 yards, the second most rushing yards in a season in NFL history.

In the 2013 season, the Vikings finished with five wins, ten losses, and one tie, with no road wins. Notable moments include acquired free agent Matt Cassel outplaying Christian Ponder at the quarterback position and the defense allowing a league-worst 480 points, coming within four points of matching the franchise's worst set in 1984 . This was also the last season played at the Metrodome as a new stadium deal was reached. Leslie Frazier was fired after the regular season ended.

2014–present

The Vikings moved to U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium
in 2016

The team hired former Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to replace Leslie Frazier as head coach on January 16, 2014. Former Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
offensive coordinator Norv Turner replaced Bill Musgrave, and George Edwards replaced Alan Williams as defensive coordinator. In the 2014 NFL Draft
2014 NFL Draft
, the Vikings selected Anthony Barr , a linebacker out of UCLA
UCLA
, and Teddy Bridgewater , a quarterback out of the University of Louisville . Bridgewater would later lose the starting job to Matt Cassel only to become the starter for the Vikings when Cassel was lost to a season-ending foot injury in week 3. Star running back Adrian Peterson only played in one regular season game due to his ongoing child abuse trial, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell placing Peterson on the Commissioner's Exempt List indefinitely. On April 16, 2015, the league released a statement issuing Peterson's reinstatement to occur on April 17, 2015. The Vikings concluded their season with seven wins and nine losses, winning only one game against a divisional opponent, although Bridgewater set a franchise record for wins by a rookie starting quarterback. On January 3, 2016, the Vikings beat divisional rival Green Bay 20–13 to win the NFC North for the first time since 2009. The Vikings, led by their top 5 defense, ended the 2015 season with an 11–5 record, and a #3 seed in the playoffs. However, they lost to the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
10–9 after Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal in the third coldest game in NFL playoff history.

The Vikings were responsible for a historic milestone in the late rounds of the 2016 NFL draft
2016 NFL draft
. Their sixth-round selection, German wide receiver Moritz Böhringer , was the first European player ever to be drafted by an NFL team without having previously played at any level in North America. After Teddy Bridgewater went down with a knee injury in the preseason of 2016, the Vikings traded their 2017 first round pick and a conditional fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford
, who threw for 20 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 3,877 yards, and led the Vikings to an 8-8 season. Following the knee injury, the Vikings declined to pick up the 5th year option for Teddy Bridgewater. Running back Adrian Peterson went down to injury in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
with a torn meniscus and was placed on the Injured Reserve until Week 15. On February 28, 2017, the Vikings announced they would not exercise Peterson's 2017 contract option which made him a free agent. Had they exercised the option, Peterson would be owed $18 million for the 2017 season. On April 25, 2017, the New Orleans
New Orleans
Saints signed Peterson to a 2-year, $7 million contract, ending his tenure with the Vikings since his debut in 2007 as a rookie. He holds several Vikings records including; most career rushing touchdowns, career rushing yards, and most rushing yards in a season.

In the summer of 2017, the Vikings ownership announced they would end the 52 year annual tradition of summer training camp in Mankato, Minnesota
Minnesota
at Minnesota State University, Mankato as they built a large new headquarters, training facility and area property development in Eagan, Minnesota on the site of the former Northwest Airlines offices to be completed in the spring of 2018 in time for the 2018 summer training camp.

LOGO AND UNIFORMS

Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings Uniform: 2006–2012 Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings uniform: 1996–2005 Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings Alternate: 2007–2011

From the team's debut in 1961 to 1995, the Vikings' logos and uniforms essentially remained the same. Reflecting Minnesota's Scandinavian cultural heritage, one of the team's two primary logos consists of a profile of a blond norseman , while the other consists of a white Viking
Viking
horn .

The team's helmet is purple with a Viking
Viking
horn logo on each side. Each horn is outlined in gold. 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 1962 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 continued to wear black shoes until Les Steckel became head coach in 1984. In 2006, the team returned to black shoes for first time since the 1983 season.

The Vikings tweaked their Norseman logo, which involved updating the shading, altering the shape and base of the horns, thickening the mustache and face, making the gold tones brighter, and shortening the braid. The new logo was unveiled on February 14, 2013. On March 28, the team reported that new uniforms will be unveiled on April 25.

On April 25, 2013, the Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings unveiled the club's new uniforms during its annual NFL Draft party.

From 1969 through 1973, the Vikings had an alternate purple jersey without stripes for warm-weather games.

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, the purple pants have not been regularly used since 2007, but resurfaced twice in 2010.

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 Myers who died in the offseason and in 2001 for Korey Stringer . The Vikings, like other teams, wore NFL 50th and 75th anniversary patches in 1969 and 1994.

ALL PURPLE UNIFORMS

In an era when color TVs were rare, the Vikings (along with several other NFL teams) wore white jerseys for home games for the 1964 NFL season . This allowed fans to see the visiting teams' primary colors. In the 1960s the Vikings wore purple pants with road white jerseys. On October 11, 1964 the Vikings played the Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
at Metropolitan Stadium and the Lions mistakenly only brought their white jerseys to Minnesota. Both teams started the game in white, but by the second quarter the Vikings were able to obtain their purple tops. The Vikings changed jerseys on the sidelines during the 2nd quarter, finishing 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 both purple jerseys and purple pants—the first time the Vikings wore all-purple intentionally. Three years later, the Vikings played the November 7, 2010 home game against the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
in the all-purple uniform. They most recently wore all-purple on October 27, 2013 vs. the Green Bay Packers, a game broadcast on NBC
NBC
's Sunday Night Football .

The NFL added new Color Rush uniforms for all 32 teams during the 2016-17 season, specifically for Thursday Night Football games. The Vikings showed off an all purple look with gold numbers and stripes on the pants, debuting their own Color Rush uniform on December 1 versus the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
at U.S. Bank Stadium.

MASCOTS

CURRENT MASCOT

After several failed attempts at developing an official team-owned mascot , the Vikings finally introduced Viktor the Viking during the 2007 Vikings' season. Team officials had long indicated that they were after a mascot concept that would primarily appeal to the team's younger fan base. Viktor the Viking, a muscle-bound, blond-haired and mustachioed character, wears a Vikings' #1 jersey and an oversized Vikings helmet with protruding horns and a small yellow nose guard. Due to contract disputes in 2015, the team lost its mascot Ragnar the Viking
Viking
and still is without him for the 2016 season.

HISTORIC MASCOTS

From 1970 to 1992, Hub Meeds dressed as a Viking
Viking
and served as the team mascot. Meeds asked to become the mascot after being accidentally let onto the field by security during Super Bowl IV
Super Bowl IV
.

From 1994 to 2015, the team mascot was Ragnar (played by Joseph Juranitch) and was based on the legendary Viking
Viking
Ragnar Lodbrok
Ragnar Lodbrok
. Juranitch admits to being somewhat of an eccentric —he holds the current world record for fastest time shaving a beard with an axe , but hasn't shaved his beard since he won the Ragnar job among 3,000 applicants. Ragnar drove onto the field at the beginning of a game dressed in Viking
Viking
garb, on a motorcycle, while a cheerleader used to ride a snowmobile. Although never one to shy away from confrontations with opposing players, notably Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson , he had a soft spot for Brett Favre
Brett Favre
while the quarterback started for the rival Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
. In 2015, the Vikings announced that they were not able to reach a new contract agreement with Juranitch which he wanted $20,000 per game, and released him.

Another mascot associated with the Vikings was "Vikadontis Rex", a purple foam dinosaur. Vikadontis was the official mascot of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings Children's Fund and took part in the 1995 Celebrity Mascot
Mascot
Olympics. Vikadontis was retired starting with the 2000 season. The team also had an NFL Huddles mascot in the mid-1980s, (somewhat similar to Viktor the Viking). Krazy George was also employed as a cheerleader from 1982 to 1985.

TRADITIONS

FIGHT SONG

Further information: Skol, Vikings

"Skol, Vikings" is the fight song of the Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings. It was introduced around the time the team was founded in 1961. It is always played whenever the team scores a touchdown, field goal or safety, and at the end of each half.

The song " Purple
Purple
and Gold" was recorded in 2010 by Prince to be used as a fight song for the Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings.

RIVALS

Due to geographic and cultural proximity, the Vikings' foremost rival is the Green Bay Packers. Some sources cite this rivalry as the biggest overall in the NFC North apart from the Packers-Bears rivalry (which dates back several more decades, i.e. to 1920).

Chicago Bears

Further information: Bears–Vikings rivalry

Detroit Lions

Further information: Lions–Vikings rivalry

Green Bay Packers

Further information: Packers–Vikings rivalry

HELGA HATS

Vikings fans are known to dress up in "Helga hats", purple hats with white horns and blonde braids, mimicking the helmets popularly believed to have been worn by Viking
Viking
warriors. The original Helga Hats are still hand assembled in the Twin Cities area.

VIKINGS HORN

During home games, the Vikings' Gjallarhorn
Gjallarhorn
is loudly played and sounds often after the team has made a big play, gets a first down, or scores a touchdown. The team often also uses the horn during its pre-game ceremonies. In addition, a flash cannon fires upon Vikings touchdowns.

PLAYERS

See also: Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings all-time statistical leaders

CURRENT ROSTER

Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings roster

* view * talk * edit

QUARTERBACKS

* 8 Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford
* 6 Taylor Heinicke * 7 Case Keenum
Case Keenum

RUNNING BACKS

* 33 Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook
* 30 C. J. Ham FB * 48 Bronson Hill * 21 Jerick McKinnon
Jerick McKinnon
* 25 Latavius Murray * 44 Terrell Newby

WIDE RECEIVERS

* 12 Rodney Adams * 81 Moritz Böhringer * 13 Stacy Coley * 14 Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs
* 18 Michael Floyd * 15 Isaac Fruechte * 16 Cayleb Jones * 83 R. J. Shelton * 19 Adam Thielen * 11 Laquon Treadwell * 17 Jarius Wright
Jarius Wright

TIGHT ENDS

* 86 Kyle Carter * 84 Bucky Hodges * 89 David Morgan II * 87 Josiah Price * 82 Kyle Rudolph * 85 Nick Truesdell

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

* 64 Willie Beavers T * 61 Joe Berger
Joe Berger
G * 75 Alex Boone G * 68 T. J. Clemmings G * 76 Aviante Collins T * 62 Nick Easton C * 65 Pat Elflein C * 79 Reid Fragel T * 69 Rashod Hill T * 63 Danny Isidora G * 67 Zac Kerin C * 71 Riley Reiff T * 72 Mike Remmers T * 74 Austin Shepherd G * 78 Jeremiah Sirles G * 66 Freddie Tagaloa G

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

* 64 Tashawn Bower DE * 63 Dylan Bradley DT * 76 Jarrod Clements DT * 97 Everson Griffen DE * 99 Danielle Hunter DE * 94 Jaleel Johnson DT * 92 Tom Johnson DT * 95 Datone Jones DE * 98 Linval Joseph DT * 66 Sam McCaskill DE * 60 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE * 96 Brian Robison DE * 93 Shamar Stephen DT * 90 Will Sutton DT * 91 Stephen Weatherly DE

LINEBACKERS

* 55 Anthony Barr OLB * 40 Kentrell Brothers OLB * 58 Noor Davis OLB * 42 Ben Gedeon MLB * 54 Eric Kendricks MLB * 59 Emmanuel Lamur OLB * 56 Elijah Lee OLB * 51 Edmond Robinson OLB * 45 Darnell Sankey MLB * 50 Eric Wilson MLB

DEFENSIVE BACKS

* 20 Mackensie Alexander CB * 31 Sam Brown CB * 32 Antone Exum FS * 41 Anthony Harris FS * 27 Jayron Kearse SS * 23 Terence Newman CB * 24 Jabari Price CB * 29 Xavier Rhodes CB * 38 Horace Richardson CB * 36 Tre Roberson CB * 34 Andrew Sendejo SS * 35 Marcus Sherels CB * 37 Terrell Sinkfield CB * 22 Harrison Smith FS * 39 Jack Tocho S * 26 Trae Waynes CB

SPECIAL TEAMS

* 2 Kai Forbath K * 1 Marshall Koehn K * 47 Kevin McDermott LS * 4 Ryan Quigley P * 9 Taylor Symmank P

RESERVE LISTS

* 5 Teddy Bridgewater QB (Active/PUP) * 73 Sharrif Floyd DT (Active/NF-Inj.) * 43 Bishop Sankey RB (IR) * 57 Shaan Washington OLB (IR)

Rookies in italics

Roster updated August 12, 2017 Depth chart • Transactions 90 Active, 2 Inactive → AFC rosters → NFC rosters

AFC East
AFC East
BUF MIA NE NYJ North BAL CIN CLE PIT South HOU IND JAX TEN West DEN KC LAC OAK NFC East DAL NYG PHI WAS North CHI DET GB MIN South ATL CAR NO TB West ARI LAR SF SEA

RETIRED NUMBERS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS RETIRED NUMBERS

NO. PLAYER POSITION TENURE

10 Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
QB 1961–1966 1972–1978

53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962–1978

70 Jim Marshall DE 1961–1979

77 † Korey Stringer OT 1995–2000

80 Cris Carter
Cris Carter
WR 1990–2001

88 Alan Page
Alan Page
DT 1967–1978

* † posthumous

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS HALL OF FAMERS

NO. PLAYER POSITION(S) TENURE INDUCTED

1 Warren Moon QB 1994–1996 2006

3 Jan Stenerud
Jan Stenerud
K 1984–1985 1991

4 Brett Favre
Brett Favre
QB 2009–2010 2016

7 Morten Andersen K 2004 2017

10 Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
QB 1961–1966, 1972–1978 1986

22 Paul Krause
Paul Krause
S 1968–1979 1998

39 Hugh McElhenny RB 1961–1962 1970

44 Dave Casper TE 1983 2002

53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962–1978 2015

56 Chris Doleman DE 1985–1993, 1999 2012

58 Jim Langer C 1980–1981 1987

64 Randall McDaniel G 1988–1999 2009

65 Gary Zimmerman OT 1986–1992 2008

73 Ron Yary OT 1968–1981 2001

80 Cris Carter
Cris Carter
WR 1990–2001 2013

81 Carl Eller
Carl Eller
DE 1964–1978 2004

88 Alan Page
Alan Page
DT 1967–1978 1988

93 John Randle DT 1990–2000 2010

Jim Finks General manager 1964–1973 1995

Bud Grant Head coach
Head coach
1967–1983, 1985 1994

italics = played only a minor portion of their career with the Vikings, and are recognized primarily based upon achievements with other teams

RING OF HONOR

MINNESOTA VIKINGS RING OF HONOR

NO. PLAYER POSITION(S) TENURE INDUCTED

10 Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
QB 1961–1966, 1972–1978 000000001998-09-09-0000September 9, 1998

22 Paul Krause
Paul Krause
S 1968–1979 000000001998-11-15-0000November 15, 1998

28 Ahmad Rashad WR 1976–1982 000000002017-10-01-0000October 1, 2017

30 Bill Brown RB 1962–1974 000000002004-09-26-0000September 26, 2004

44 Chuck Foreman RB 1973–1979 000000002007-09-30-0000September 30, 2007

47 Joey Browner S 1983–1991 000000002013-10-27-0000October 27, 2013

53 Mick Tingelhoff C 1962–1978 000000002001-11-25-0000November 25, 2001

55 Scott Studwell LB 1977–1990 000000002009-11-29-0000November 29, 2009

56 Chris Doleman DE 1985–1993, 1999 000000002011-10-23-0000October 23, 2011

59 Matt Blair LB 1974–1985 000000002012-10-25-0000October 25, 2012

64 Randall McDaniel G 1988–1999 000000002006-12-17-0000December 17, 2006

70 Jim Marshall DE 1961–1979 000000001999-11-28-0000November 28, 1999

73 Ron Yary OT 1968–1981 000000002001-09-09-0000September 9, 2001

77 Korey Stringer OT 1995–2000 000000002001-11-19-0000November 19, 2001

80 Cris Carter
Cris Carter
WR 1990–2001 000000002003-09-14-0000September 14, 2003

81 Carl Eller
Carl Eller
DE 1964–1978 000000002002-11-10-0000November 10, 2002

84 Randy Moss
Randy Moss
WR 1998–2004, 2010 000000002017-09-11-0000September 11, 2017

88 Alan Page
Alan Page
DT 1967–1978 000000001998-09-20-0000September 20, 1998

93 John Randle DT 1990–2000 000000002008-11-30-0000November 30, 2008

Jerry Burns Head coach
Head coach
1986–1991 000000002005-11-06-0000November 6, 2005

Jim Finks General manager 1964–1973 000000001998-10-18-0000October 18, 1998

Bud Grant Head coach
Head coach
1967–1983, 1985 000000001998-11-08-0000November 8, 1998

Fred Zamberletti Medical adviser 1961–2011 000000001998-12-20-0000December 20, 1998

25TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM (1985)

* Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
QB, #10 * Bill Brown RB, #30 * Chuck Foreman RB, #44 * Ahmad Rashād WR, #28 * Sammy White
White
WR, #85 * Stu Voigt TE, #83 * Ron Yary T, #73 * Grady Alderman T, #67 * Ed White
White
G, #62 * Milt Sunde G, #64 * Mick Tingelhoff C, #53 * Jim Marshall DE, #70 * Alan Page
Alan Page
DT, #88 * Gary Larsen DT, #77 * Carl Eller
Carl Eller
DE, #81 * Matt Blair OLB, #59 * Scott Studwell ILB, #55 * Jeff Siemon ILB, #50 * Roy Winston OLB, #60 * Bobby Bryant CB, #20 * Ed Sharockman CB, #45 * Paul Krause
Paul Krause
S, #22 * Karl Kassulke S, #29 * Fred Cox K, #14 * Greg Coleman P, #8 * Bud Grant HC

40TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM (2000)

* Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
QB, #10 * Chuck Foreman RB, #44 * Robert Smith RB, #26 * Ahmad Rashād WR, #28 * Cris Carter
Cris Carter
WR, #80 * Steve Jordan TE, #83 * Ron Yary OT, #73 * Randall McDaniel OG, #64 * Mick Tingelhoff C, #53 * Ed White
White
OG, #62 * Tim Irwin OT, #76 * Jim Marshall DE, #70 * Alan Page
Alan Page
DT, #88 * John Randle DT, #93 * Carl Eller
Carl Eller
DE, #81 * Matt Blair LB, #59 * Scott Studwell LB, #55 * Jeff Siemon LB, #50 * Bobby Bryant CB, #20 * Carl Lee CB, #39 * Paul Krause
Paul Krause
S, #22 * Joey Browner S, #47 * Greg Coleman P, #8 * Fred Cox K, #14 * Darrin Nelson KR, #20 * Bill Brown ST, #30

50 GREATEST VIKINGS (2010)

In connection with the team's 50th anniversary, the Vikings announced a group of 50 top players on December 19, 2010.

* Grady Alderman OT, #67 * Jared Allen
Jared Allen
DE, #69 * Matt Birk C, #75/78 * Matt Blair LB, #59 * Bill Brown RB, #30 * Joey Browner S, #47 * Bobby Bryant CB, #20 * Anthony Carter WR, #81 * Cris Carter
Cris Carter
WR, #80 * Fred Cox K, #14 * Daunte Culpepper
Daunte Culpepper
QB, #11 * Chris Doleman DE/LB, #56 * Carl Eller
Carl Eller
DE, #81 * Chuck Foreman RB, #44 * John Gilliam WR, #42 * Bud Grant Coach * Wally Hilgenberg LB, #58 * Steve Hutchinson G #76 * Tim Irwin OT, #76 * Steve Jordan TE, #83 * Tommy Kramer QB, #9 * Paul Krause
Paul Krause
S, #22 * Gary Larsen DT, #77 * Carl Lee CB, #39 * Jim Marshall DE, #70 * Randall McDaniel G, #64 * Keith Millard DT, #75 * Randy Moss
Randy Moss
WR, #84 * Dave Osborn RB, #41 * Alan Page
Alan Page
DT, #88 * Adrian Peterson RB, #28 * John Randle DT, #93 * Ahmad Rashād WR, #28 * Ed Sharockman CB, #45 * Jeff Siemon LB, #50 * Robert Smith RB, #20/26 * Scott Studwell LB, #55 * Doug Sutherland DT, #69 * Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
QB, #10 * Henry Thomas DT, #97 * Mick Tingelhoff C, #53 * Stu Voigt TE, #83 * Gene Washington WR, #84 * Ed White
White
G, #62 * Sammy White
White
WR, #85 * Kevin Williams DT, #93 * Antoine Winfield CB, #26 * Roy Winston LB, #60 * Ron Yary OT, #73 * Gary Zimmerman OT, #65

ALL METRODOME TEAM (2013)

OFFENSE

* QB – #11 Daunte Culpepper
Daunte Culpepper
, 1999–2005 * RB – #28 Adrian Peterson , 2007–2013 * RB – #26 Robert Smith , 1993–2000 * WR – #81 Anthony Carter , 1985–1993 * WR – #80 Cris Carter
Cris Carter
, 1990–2001 * WR – #84 Randy Moss
Randy Moss
, 1998–2004, 2010 * TE – #83 Steve Jordan , 1982–1994 * OT – #76 Tim Irwin , 1981–1993 * OT – #65 Gary Zimmerman , 1986–1992 * OG – #76 Steve Hutchinson , 2006–2011 * OG – #64 Randall McDaniel , 1988–1999 * C – #78 Matt Birk , 1998–2008

DEFENSE

* DE – #69 Jared Allen
Jared Allen
, 2008–2013 * DE – #56 Chris Doleman , 1985–1993, 1999 * DT – #93 John Randle , 1990–2000 * DT – #93 Kevin Williams , 2003–2013 * LB – #52 Chad Greenway , 2006–2013 * LB – #58 Ed McDaniel , 1992–2001 * LB – #55 Scott Studwell , 1977–1990 * CB – #39 Carl Lee , 1983–1993 * CB – #26 Antoine Winfield , 2004–2012 * S – #24 Robert Griffith , 1994–2001 * S – #47 Joey Browner , 1983–1991

SPECIAL TEAMS

* K – #8 Ryan Longwell , 2006–2011 * P – #5/#4 Chris Kluwe , 2005–2012 * KR – #12 Percy Harvin (WR), 2009–2012 * ST – #81 Chris Walsh (WR), 1994–2002 * HC – Dennis Green , 1992–2001

COACHES

HEAD COACHES

Main article: List of Minnesota Vikings head coaches

NAME YEARS WON LOST TIES WINNING % POSTSEASON

Norm Van Brocklin 1961–1966 29 51 4 .345 –

Bud Grant 1967–1983 151 87 5 .621 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
Mike Tice
2001–2005 32 33 0 .492 2004

Brad Childress 2006–2010 39 35 0 .527 2008, 2009

Leslie Frazier 2010–2013 21 32 1 .398 2012

Mike Zimmer 2014–present 26 22 0 .532 2015

TOTAL 1961–PRESENT 462 387 10 .543 28

CURRENT STAFF

Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings staff

* v * t * e

Front Office

* Owner/Chairman – Zygi Wilf * Owner/President – Mark Wilf * Owner/Vice Chairman – Leonard Wilf * General Manager – Rick Spielman * Executive Vice President – Football Operations – Rob Brzezinski * Chief Operating Officer – Kevin Warren * Assistant General Manager – George Paton * Director of College Scouting – Jamaal Stephenson * Director of Pro Scouting – Ryan Monnens

Head Coaches

* Head Coach – Mike Zimmer

Offensive Coaches

* Offensive Coordinator – Pat Shurmur * Quarterbacks – Kevin Stefanski * Running Backs – Kennedy Polamalu * Wide Receivers – Darrell Hazell * Assistant Wide Receivers – Drew Petzing * Tight Ends – Clancy Barone * Offensive Line – Tony Sparano * Assistant Offensive Line – Andrew Janocko

Defensive Coaches

* Defensive Coordinator – George Edwards * Defensive Line – Andre Patterson * Assistant Defensive Line - Robert Rodriguez * Defensive Assistant – Jeff Howard * Linebackers – Adam Zimmer * Defensive Backs – Jerry Gray * Assistant Defensive Backs/Defensive Quality Control – Jonathan Gannon

Special
Special
Teams Coaches

* Special
Special
Teams Coordinator – Mike Priefer * Assistant Special
Special
Teams – Ryan Ficken

Strength and Conditioning

* Head Athletic Trainer – Eric Sugarman * Head Strength and Conditioning – Mark Uyeyama * Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Derik Keyes * Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Chaz Mahle

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AFC East
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RADIO AND TELEVISION

The Vikings' flagship radio station is KFXN-FM
KFXN-FM
(100.3), which uses the branding "KFAN" based on its former calls on 1130 AM before a format flip between the AM and FM stations before the 2011 season; 1130 AM also continues to broadcast game play-by-play as KTLK .

The games are also heard on the "KFAN Radio Network" in Minnesota
Minnesota
, Wisconsin
Wisconsin
, Iowa
Iowa
, 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
2002 NFL season
with Pete Bercich filling in as analyst, who began his first season in 2007.

Telecasts of preseason games not shown on national networks are aired on KMSP (Channel 9) in the Twin Cities with a simulcast of KFAN's radio broadcast while Fox Sports North shows a tape delay later.

RADIO AFFILIATES

Map of radio affiliates

Vikings Radio Affiliates

Minnesota

CITY CALL SIGN FREQUENCY

Aitkin KKIN-FM 94.3 FM

Albert Lea KQPR -FM 96.1 FM

Alexandria KIKV-FM 100.7 FM

Bemidji KBUN 1450 AM

Bemidji KBHP -FM 101.1 FM

Benson KSCR-FM 93.5 FM

Blue Earth KBEW-FM 98.1 FM

Brainerd KBLB -FM 93.3 FM

Crookston KROX -AM 1260 AM

Dassel KARP-FM 106.9 FM

Detroit Lakes KBOT
KBOT
-FM 104.1 FM

Detroit Lakes KDLM -AM 1340 AM

Duluth KJOQ 1490 AM

Duluth KQDS-FM 94.9 FM

Ely WELY -AM 1450 AM

Ely WELY -FM 94.5 FM

Eveleth KRBT -AM 1340 AM

Fergus Falls KBRF -AM 1250 AM

Frazee KDLB
KDLB
94.5 FM

Grand Rapids KMFY -FM 96.9 FM

Grand Marais WXXZ -FM 95.3 FM

Hibbing WNMT -AM 650 AM

International Falls KSDM -FM 104.1 FM

Jackson KRAQ-FM 105.7 FM

Mankato KFSP 1230 AM

Mankato KNUJ-FM 105.9 FM

Mankato KXLP -FM 94.1 FM

Marshall KARL
KARL
-FM 105.1 FM

Morris KKOK-FM 95.7 FM

New Ulm KNUJ -FM 107.3 FM

Pine City WCMP-FM 100.9 FM

Rochester KFAN -AM 1270 AM

Rochester KRCH -FM 101.7 FM

Roseau KCAJ -FM 102.1 FM

St. Cloud WJON -AM 1240 AM

Spring Grove KQYB -FM 98.3 FM

Thief River Falls KTRF -AM 1230 AM

Twin Cities KFXN-FM
KFXN-FM
100.3 FM

Twin Cities KTLK 1130 AM

Wadena KSKK 1070 AM

Waseca KOWZ 1170 AM

Willmar KWLM-AM 1340 AM

Willmar K242CF-FM 96.3 FM

Winona KWNO 1230 AM

Worthington KWOA-AM 730 AM

Iowa

CITY CALL SIGN FREQUENCY

Des Moines KXNO -AM 1460 AM

Sioux City KMNS -AM 620 AM

Spencer KICD -AM 1240 AM

Spencer K252EX-FM 98.3 FM

North Dakota

CITY CALL SIGN FREQUENCY

Bismarck KXMR -AM 710 AM

Carrington KDAK -AM 1600 AM

Devils Lake KDLR -AM 1240 AM

Dickinson KLTC -AM 1460 AM

Fargo KFGO 790 AM

Fargo KRWK -FM 101.9 FM

Grand Forks KKXL -AM 1440 AM

Jamestown KQDJ -AM 1400 AM

Jamestown K246AM-FM 97.1 FM

Minot KRRZ -AM 1390 AM

Oakes KDDR -AM 1220 AM

Oakes K240CJ-FM 95.9 FM

Valley City KOVC -AM 1490 AM

Williston KEYZ -AM 660 AM

South Dakota

CITY CALL SIGN FREQUENCY

Aberdeen KGIM -AM 1420 AM

Aberdeen K296FW-FM 107.1 FM

Milbank KMSD -AM 1510 AM

Milbank K252FB-FM 98.3 FM

Mobridge KMLO -FM 100.7 FM

Pierre KPLO-FM 94.5 FM

Sioux Falls KWSN -AM 1230 AM

Sioux Falls K251BH-FM 98.1 FM

Sisseton KBWS-FM 102.9 FM

Watertown KPHR -FM 106.3 FM

Yankton WNAX -AM 570 AM

Yankton K260BO-FM 99.9 FM

Wisconsin

CITY CALL SIGN FREQUENCY

Amery WLMX-FM 104.9 FM

Eau Claire WMEQ -AM 880 AM

Hayward WHSM-FM 101.1 FM

Rice Lake WKFX -FM 99.1 FM

SEE ALSO

* Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
* List of Minnesota Vikings seasons * List of Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings starting quarterbacks * List of Minnesota Vikings head coaches * List of Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings first-round draft picks * Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings draft history * List of Minnesota
Minnesota
Vikings broadcasters

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