Minnesota Vikings in History

Events in Sport

  • 1960-01-28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • 1960-12-27 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • 1961-09-17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1965-01-10 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Detroit Lions, DB

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1968-01-30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • 1969-09-28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • 1970-01-04 NFL Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns, 27-7
  • 1970-01-11 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1973-12-30 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • 1974-12-29 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • 1975-12-28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1976-12-26 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-13

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1977-01-09 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1978-01-01 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-6

  • 1979-01-29 NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 13-7; MVP: Ahmad Rashād, Minnesota Vikings, WR
  • 1980-12-14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • 1983-01-03 Dallas running back Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yard rush in the Cowboys' 31-27 defeat at Minnesota Vikings
  • 1983-08-06 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium
  • 1983-11-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneer James Wilder rushes for 219 yards vs Minnesota Vikings
  • 1988-01-17 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-10-12 Dallas running back Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Minnesota Vikings for 5 players and 6 future draft picks including future stars Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1998-02-05 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • 1999-01-17 NFC Championship, Metrodome, Minneapolis: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 (OT)
  • 2000-02-06 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 51-31; MVP: Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings, WR, HI
  • 2001-01-14 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings, 41-0
  • 2002-09-08 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game
  • 2002-09-29 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander sets NFL record for most touchdowns in a half with 5 in 1st half of 48-23 win v Minnesota Vikings at Seahawks Stadium; runs for 4 plus 80-yard reception
  • 2008-02-10 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 42-30; MVP: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB
  • 2010-01-24 NFC Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings, 31-28 (OT)
  • 2013-01-27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 62-35; MVP: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, TE
  • 2018-01-21 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota Vikings, 38-7

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1938-12-11 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

1940-02-03 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1942-02-01 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1945-08-07 Alan Page, American jurist and NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1946-07-16 Ron Yary, American football player (Minnesota Vikings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949-11-19 Ahmad Rashad, [Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings)/sportscaster
  • 1950-10-26 Chuck Foreman, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Frederick, Maryland
  • 1959-02-01 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas
  • 1961-02-22 Mike Morris, American NFL center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • 1961-07-31 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1961-10-16 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1962-07-10 Mike Saxon, American NFL punter (Minnesota Vikings), born in Whittier, California
  • 1963-02-24 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1963-03-27 Randall Cunningham, American NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1963-04-04 Jack Del Rio, American football player, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1964-12-15 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1964-12-19 Randall McDaniel, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965-09-21 Richard Brown, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965-10-24 Donald Frank, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
  • 1965-11-25 Cris Carter, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (8 × Pro Bowl 1993–2000; First-team All-Pro 1994, 99; NFL receiving TD leader 1995, 97, 99; Minnesota Vikings), born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1966-02-11 Anthony Parker, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs), born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • 1966-04-05 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1967-01-04 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-07-10 Alfred Jackson, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967-08-12 Andrew Glover, American NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings), born in Gonzales, Louisiana
  • 1967-08-21 Tuineau Alipate, NLF/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Minnesota Vikings), born in Tonga
  • 1967-09-20 Martin Harrison, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Livermore, California
  • 1967-09-28 Jake Reed, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967-12-08 Ron George, American linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1967-12-12 John Randle, American NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Mumford, Texas
  • 1967-12-29 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-02-21 Terry Allen, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins), born in Commerce, Georgia
  • 1968-02-29 Bryce Paup, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1994–97; Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings), born in Jefferson, Iowa
  • 1968-03-25 Dixon Edwards, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968-05-13 James Harris, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1968-05-15 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968-07-11 Esera Tuaolo, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968-09-13 Brad Johnson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1968-11-09 Jeff Brady, American NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968-12-12 Chris Walsh, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings; sues NFL over head injuries 2011), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969-01-05 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • 1969-01-15 Leonard Wheeler, American NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 1969-02-02 Jeff Christy, corner (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969-02-03 Jeff Christy, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969-02-14 Roy Barker, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969-02-23 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • 1969-03-28 Scottie Graham, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1969-06-09 Keith Alex, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969-12-16 Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1970-01-06 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1970-03-27 Anthony Prior, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1970-09-18 Everett Lindsay, American NFL guard and center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1970-11-08 Qadry Ismail, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970-11-30 Robert Griffith, NFL strong safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970-12-01 Todd Steussie, American NFL guard / tackle (Pro Bowl 1997-98; Minnesota Vikings), born in Canoga Park, California
  • 1971-02-13 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • 1971-05-11 Corey Fuller, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1971-08-02 Fernando Smith, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971-09-28 Chad May, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971-10-17 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971-10-25 Lee Gissendaner, NFL/WLAF receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1971-12-08 James Stewart, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 1971-12-23 Pete Bercich, American football linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1972-01-24 Jay Walker, American football quarterback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972-03-04 Robert Smith, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972-06-21 Andrew Jordan, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972-06-24 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972-09-04 Jason Fisk, American football defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Davis, California
  • 1972-10-21 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972-11-19 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1972-12-17 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972-12-27 Dewayne Washington, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973-02-24 Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973-03-12 Antonio Banks, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973-04-03 Greg DeLong, American football player, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Orefield, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-05-25 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973-10-19 Robert Tate, wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973-11-29 Duane Butler, American football safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Trotwood, Ohio
  • 1973-12-18 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974-02-09 Orlando Bobo, guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1974-03-18 Torrian Gray, safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1974-05-08 Korey Stringer, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1974-05-23 Duane Clemons, American NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Riverside, California
  • 1976-02-03 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1979-09-23 Bryant McKinnie, NFL Offensive Tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • 1983-04-21 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport

  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport

  • 2019-02-01 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), dies of complications from Type 1 Diabetes at 60
  • 2019-11-20 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), dies at 80
  • 2020-01-28 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2020-04-12 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), dies in a car accident at 36
  • 2020-04-21 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), dies from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease at 78