Team Spirit Extras

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20132017 Season Roundup: The Vikings won 13 games behind quarterback Case Keenum, who stepped in for injured passers Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater and threw for 3,500+ yards and 22 touchdowns. Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, and Harrison Smith led a strong defense. Many experts picked Minnesota to reach the Super Bowl, but the Vikings lost to the Eagles in the NFC title game.

2017 Season Preview: Who is Minnesota’s most talented quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford? The quicker the Vikings answer this question, the better off they will be. Whichever it is, he will thank the team for the new free agents on the offensive line—one of the Vikings’ major weaknesses in a disappointing second half last year.

20132016 Season Roundup: The Vikings rolled over their first five opponents in 2016 but lost their star player, Adrian Peterson, in the process. They won just three more times to finish 8–8. Quarterback Sam Bradford turned out to be a pleasant surprise filling in for injured Teddy Bridgewater.  He threw 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions.  Minnesota’s most exciting player was receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who starred on special teams. The defense was led by pass defenders Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes, and linemen Linval Jospeh Everson Griffen.

2016 Season Preview: A training camp injury to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater killed any chance of the Vikings repeating as division champs. However, as long as Adrian Peterson stays healthy, Minnesota has a chance to score every time it has the ball. No defense is tougher than the Vikes, thanks to hard-hitting safety Harrison Smith and run-stoppers Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd.

20132015 Season Preview: Young passer Teddy Bridgewater finished 2014 strong, and figures to improve in 2015. He’ll have Adrian Peterson in the backfield all year long, and the Minnesota defense has some good young players. Can they catch the Packers? Probably not.

2013January 31, 2015: Teddy Bridgewater was named Pepsi rookie of the Year.

January 31, 2015: DeMarco Murray was named Offensive Player of the Year

September 1, 2014: Although all eyes will be on Adrian Peterson this season, opponents cannot afford to ignore the Vikings' two super receivers, Kyle Rudolph and Cordarrelle Patterson. Two talented quarterbacks—Matt Cassell and Teddy Bridgewater—will probably battle for the starting job all year.

2013October 27, 2013: Rookie Cordarelle Patterson fielded the opening kickoff by the Green Bay Packers at the back of the end zone and ran 109 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest kickoff return in NFL history.

September 4, 2013: The Vikings made headlines in the off-season by signing Greg Jennings away from the rival Green Bay Packers. He and Adrian Peterson give Minnesota two lethal weapons. Will young quarterback Christian Ponder make good use of them? The answer will likely determine the team's final record, because the defense is solid at all 11 spots.

2013February 2, 2013: Adrian Peterson was named NFL Offensive Player of the year. He ran for 2,109 yards—just 9 short of the all-time record, held by Eric Dickerson. Peterson was also named NFL MVP. The team completed a remarkable turnaround in 2012 with 10 victories. Their great season ended with a playoff loss to the Packers.

December 30, 2012: Adrian Peterson gained 199 yards in a game against the Green Bay Packers to finish the year with 2,097. Only Eric Dickerson (with 2,105 yards in 1984) has gained more in one season. In the same game, kicker Chris Walsh set a new record with his 10th field goal of 50 yards or more. Walsh did not miss a kick from that distance all year.

Summer, 2012: There is nowhere to go but up for the Vikings in 2012, because in 2011 they did not win a single game in their own division. A fast start is key for the team, which faces a difficult schedule in the second half of the year. Minnesota will go as far as fearless and talented Christian Ponder can take them.

Team Spirit Extras

This cartoon poster of Mick Tingelhoff came in packs of 1970 football cards. They weren't very popular with kids. We liked photos. (Topps, Inc.)


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This was Robert Smith's rookie card. At the time, no one had any idea how good he would be (or that he would change to number 26). (The Upper Deck Co.)


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I wrote this book more than 10 years ago, but Daunte Culpepper's life story is still one of my favorites. We were both adopted and ended up with great families. (Millbrook Press)


Bill Brown — Running Back
Born: 6/29/1938
Played for Team: 1962 to 1974
Most running backs run away from tacklers. Bill Brown tried to run over them. He was nicknamed "Boom-Boom" because it often took two big hits to bring him down. Brown was voted to the Pro Bowl four times.

Mick Tingelhoff — Offensive Lineman
Born: 5/22/1940
Played for Team: 1962 to 1978
Mick Tingelhoff played center for the Vikings and was the heart of their offensive line for many years. He helped Minnesota play in four championship games and was an All-Pro five times.

Tommy Kramer — Quarterback
Born: 3/7/1955
Played for Team: 1977 to 1989
Tommy Kramer watched Fran Tarkenton from the bench for two seasons before taking over as the Vikings' starting quarterback. He was famous for his fourth-quarter comebacks, but also for the many injuries that kept him from achieving greatness. When Kramer was healthy, however, no one was better. He once threw six TD passes in a game and was the first NFL quarterback to throw for more than 450 yards in a game twice.

Robert Smith — Running Back
Born: 3/4/1972
Played for Team: 1993 to 2000
Robert Smith had the power to break through tackles at the line of scrimmage and the speed to reach the end zone once he was in the clear. This combination helped him lead the NFL with 1,521 rushing yards in 2000. A few months later, Smith surprised fans by walking away from football to start a career in health and medicine.

Chris Doleman — Defensive Lineman
Born: 10/16/1961
Played for Team: 1985 to 1993 & 1999
On most other teams, Chris Doleman would have been a linebacker. He was very good at keeping opponents from running to the outside. The Vikings moved him to defensive end to get him a couple of steps closer to the quarterback, and he set a team record for sacks.

Daunte Culpepper —Quarterback
Born: 1/28/1977
Played for Team: 1999 to 2005
Daunte Culpepper became the team's starting quarterback in 2000 and led the Vikings to seven straight victories. His strong arm and great running ability made him one of the NFL's best young passers. In 2004, Culpepper led the NFL with 4,717 passing yards. That season, he also broke the NFL record for combined passing and rushing yards, with 5,123.


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I've had a chance to meet Herschel Walker on several occasions. He's the size of a bear, but he is one of the nicest, gentlest people you can imagine. (Black Book Partners)


When the Vikings traded Fran Tarkenton in 1967, they received four draft picks. They used those picks to select Clint Jones, Bob Grim, Ed White, and Ron Yary. Jones led the team in touchdowns in 1970, Grim was an All-Pro in 1971, White played in three Pro Bowls, and Yary was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The first player ever drafted by the Vikings was Tommy Mason. He led the team in rushing twice and played in three Pro Bowls during his career, but he also had 54 fumbles in six seasons with Minnesota.

Following Minnesota's 1991 season, their star running back, Herschel Walker, made the U.S. bobsled team and competed in the 1992 Olympics. He was a member of both the two-man and four-man bobsled squads.

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So this was a confusing poster. It shows Fran Tarkenton in a Vikings uniform, but has him playing with the New York Giants. I think the company could have popped for a new photo, right? (Topps, Inc.)


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I loved watching Cris Carter catch passes in traffic. He was one of the best. (The Upper Deck Co.)


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Doug Martin spent all 10 of his NFL seasons in Minnesota, but his best by far was 1982, his third in the league. (Topps, Inc.)


2012 — Adrian Peterson — 2,097
2008 — Adrian Peterson — 1,760
2015 — Adrian Peterson — 1,485

No Viking has led the league in receiving yards.

1978 — Fran Tarkenton — 3,468
2004 — Daunte Culpepper — 4,717

2009 — Adrian Peterson — 18
2015 — Adrian Peterson — 11

1995 — Cris Carter — 17 (tied for NFL lead)
1997 — Cris Carter — 13
1998 — Randy Moss — 17
1999 — Cris Carter — 13
2000 — Randy Moss — 15

1975 — Fran Tarkenton — 25 (tied for NFL lead)
2000 — Daunte Culpepper — 33 (tied for NFL lead)

1969 — Fred Cox — 121
1970 — Fred Cox — 125
1998 — Gary Anderson — 1964

1992 — Audray McMillan — 8 (tied for NFL lead)
1995 — Orlando Thomas — 9
2003 — Brian Russell — 9 (tied for NFL lead)

1982 — Doug Martin — 11.5
1989 — Chris Doleman — 21
1997 — John Randle — 15.5
2011 — Jared Allen — 22

1969 NFC Championship Cleveland Browns Won 27–7
1969 Super Bowl IV Kansas City Chiefs Lost 23–7
1973 NFL Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 27–10
1973 Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins Lost 24–7
1974 NFL Championship Los Angeles Rams Won 14–10
1974 Super Bowl VIII Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 16–6
1976 NFL Championship Los Angeles Rams Won 24–13
1976 Super Bowl XI Oakland Raiders Lost 32–14
1977 NFL Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 23–6
1987 NFL Championship Washington Redskins Lost 17–10
1998 NFL Championship Atlanta Falcons Lost 30–27 (OT)
2000 NFL Championship New York Giants Lost 41–0
2009 NFL Championship New Orleans Saints Lost 31–28 (OT)
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