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Five Fun Facts About The Minnesota Vikings

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 22, 2013

The Minnesota Vikings have a rabid fan base and have always done a fairly good job at putting a competitive team on the field and putting on a great show for the fans there. The Vikings, like most professional teams, have had there ups and downs over the years, but they have always tried to the best of their ability to treat their fans to a great show. Here is a look at five fun facts about the Minnesota Vikings

The First One Ever

The first regular season NFL touchdown ever scored in the history of the Minnesota Vikings franchise came in a 37-13 win over the Bears in the team’s very first game ever. It happened on a 14 yard pass in the second quarter from Fran Tarkenton to Bob Schnelker.

100 Yard Games

Cris Carter had 42 100 yard receiving games during his career. Two of them came with the Philadelphia Eagles and 40 of them with the Vikings. The most yards he had in any one game was the 168 yards he racked up on nine catches in a 13-7 Vikings win over the Dolphins in 2000.

Next!

The 1990s saw the Vikings try out a number of different people at quarterback. In fact, during the 10 years that make up that decade there were six different players who would lead the team in passing. Rich Gannon was the leading passer on the team from 1990 to 1992, Jim McMahon led the team the next year in 1993, and Warren Moon then led the team in passing in 1994 and 1995. Brad Johnson took over from there, leading the team in passing in 1996 and 1997, followed by Randall Cunningham in 1998, and finally Jeff George in 1999.

1,000 Seems Like A Lot!

The first team that Adrian Peterson would pile up a total of 1,000 or more rushing yards against during his career was the Green Bay Packers.

Drafted Twice?

The first nationally known star player the Vikings had was a quarterback named Fran Tarkenton who would go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Minnesota drafted Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was also drafted that year in the 1961 AFL Draft in the fifth round by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League.

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