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League Championships


None

Conference Championships


1969 (WFC)
1973 (NFC)
1974 (NFC)
1976 (NFC)

Division Championships


1968 (NFL Central)
1969 (NFL Central)
1970 (NFC Central)
1971 (NFC Central)
1973 (NFC Central)
1974 (NFC Central)
1975 (NFC Central)
1976 (NFC Central)
1977 (NFC Central)
1978 (NFC Central)
1980 (NFC Central)
1989 (NFC Central)
1992 (NFC Central)
1994 (NFC Central)
1998 (NFC Central)
2000 (NFC Central)

Years in Playoffs


1968 1969 1970
1971 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977
1978 1980 1982
1987 1988 1989
1992 1993 1994
1996 1997 1998
1999 2000

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#10 Fran Tarkenton
#22 Paul Krause
#53 Mick Tingelhoff
#70 Jim Marshall
#77 Korey Stringer
#88 Alan Page

Hall of Fame Members



Hugh McElhenny
1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964
Fran Tarkenton
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978
Norm Van Brocklin
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966
Jim Finks
1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973
Carl Eller
1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978
Alan Page
967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978
Bud Grant
1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983
Ron Yary
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981
Paul Krause
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979
Jim Langer
1980 1981
Dave Casper
1983
Jan Stenerud
1984 and 1985

Previous Stadiums



Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington
(48,446) 1961-81

Minnesota Vikings Team History


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Since the late 1960s, the Vikings have been one of the most consistently successful franchises in the NFL. During the 1970s head coach Bud Grant steered the team to four Super Bowls. Quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who spent much of his career with the Vikings, became the most prolific passer in NFL history, compiling the most career yards, completions, and touchdown passes during his 15 years in the league. (Tarkenton’s records were broken by Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins in 1995.) Grant also assembled one of the fiercest defenses in NFL history. Known collectively as the Purple People Eaters, players such as linemen Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, and Alan Page “devoured” opposing offenses. The Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1961 and selected Fran Tarkenton in the NFL draft. The franchise got off to a slow start, producing only one winning record in its first seven seasons. In 1967 Minnesota traded Tarkenton to the New York Giants for the rights to four draft picks. These picks yielded several talented rookies, including Alan Page.

Minnesota Vikings Franchise Information


Franchise Granted: 1961
First Season: 1961
Franchise History:
    1961 - Present Minnesota Vikings (NFL)

Bert Rose, the first general manager of the Minnesota team that began NFL play in 1961, selected the Vikings name because so many people in Minnesota and the surrounding area traced their heritage to Scandinavia.

Minnesota Vikings - Stadium

Metrodome Stadium


900 South 5th
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Surface Artificial turf
Seating 64,035
Opened Sept. 12, 1982
Phone (612) 332-0386
Tenants:
   Minnesota Vikings


Minnesota Vikings Chronological History



1961 - The Minnesota Vikings join the NFL as an expansion team. They select Fran Tarkenton in the NFL draft. As is commonly the case, the Vikings first few seasons had low win ratios. In their first 7 seasons, the team posted only one winning record.

1967 - The Vikings trade Tarkenton to the New York Giants in exchange for four draft picks. This proves to be a wise move and the boosted roster is vastly improved in the season that follows.

1968 - The Vikings win the NFC Central Division Championship. The Vikings compete in Super Bowl IV but fall to the Kansa City Chiefs.

1970 - The Vikings hit their stride and dominate the NFL with consistent win/loss records and multiple playoff and Super Bowl appearances in the following years. They rank first in the NFC five times between 1969 and 1976.

1971 - Lineman Alan Page is named league MVP, the first defensive player to receive the award.

1972 - Fran Tarkenton returns to the team.

1974 - The Vikings lose to the Miami Dolphins 24-7 in the Super Bowl.

1975 - Tarkenton is named league MVP. The Vikings lose the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6.

1977 - The Vikings lose the Super Bowl 32-14 against the Oakland Raiders.

1979 - Many of the Vikings best players retire but the team rebound by the mid-80's.

1987 - The Vikings compete in the NFC Championship Game.

1988 - The Vikings compete in the NFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year but fail to win both times.

1997 - The Vikings qualify for the postseason but lose in the first round to the 49ers.

1998 - The Vikings again qualify for the postseason, beating Arizona but eventually losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game.

2000 - The Vikings compete in the postseason, beating New Orleans Saints and advancing to the NFC Championship Game where they fall to the NY Giants 0-41.
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