28 Facts About Minnesota Vikings


Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis.

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The Minnesota Vikings conducted summer training camp at Bemidji State University from 1961 to 1965.

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The training camp at Minnesota Vikings 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.

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The Vikings played their home games at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis from 1982 to 2013.

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Since the team's first season in 1961, the Minnesota Vikings have had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL.

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The Minnesota Vikings have won one NFL Championship, in 1969, before the league's merger with the American Football League in 1970.

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The search for the first head coach saw the team court then-Northwestern University head coach Ara Parseghian, who, according to Minneapolis Star writer Jim Klobuchar—the Minnesota 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.

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Minnesota Vikings's cover was blown by local columnist Sid Hartman, who reported the visit and forced Parseghian to issue denials.

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The losing continued throughout much of the 1960s as the Minnesota Vikings had a combined record of 32 wins, 59 losses, and 7 ties in their first seven seasons with only one winning season .

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The Minnesota Vikings addressed the problem by drafting running back Chuck Foreman with their first pick in the 1973 Draft.

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Minnesota Vikings served as the Vikings' offensive coordinator from 1968 to 1985, when the team won 11 division titles and played in four Super Bowls.

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Minnesota Vikings led Minnesota to three playoff appearances, including a division title and an NFC Championship Game.

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The Minnesota Vikings therefore had the fifth highest winning percentage among all NFL teams during the regular season in the 1990s.

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Since 2006, the Minnesota Vikings have been known especially for their strong run defense, anchored by the Williams Wall consisting of defensive tackle Kevin Williams and nose tackle Pat Williams .

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The Minnesota 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.

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Minnesota Vikings were responsible for a historic milestone in the late rounds of the 2016 NFL draft.

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Minnesota Vikings holds several Vikings records including most career rushing touchdowns, career rushing yards, and most rushing yards in a season.

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Minnesota Vikings recorded two straight losing seasons in 2020 and 2021.

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The Minnesota Vikings continued to wear black shoes until Les Steckel became head coach in 1984; they were the last NFL team to make the change from black to white shoes.

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Minnesota 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.

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

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The game began with both teams wearing white, but it proved too confusing, and ahead of the second quarter, the Minnesota Vikings changed into their purple jerseys; however, they did not change their pants, resulting in the first time the Minnesota Vikings wore all-purple for a game.

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The Minnesota Vikings had an all-purple uniform with gold numbers and stripes on the pants, which made its only appearance in Week 13 at home to the Dallas Cowboys.

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Minnesota Vikings have rivalries with all three of the other NFC North teams, but due to geographic and cultural proximity, their foremost rival is the Green Bay Packers.

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Minnesota Vikings have developed a heated NFC rivalry with the New Orleans Saints.

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Minnesota 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 warriors.

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

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In 2013, in recognition of their final season at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings organized a fan vote to determine the best players at each position to play for the team in their time at the stadium.

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