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1961 Minnesota Vikings

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3-11-0, Finished 7th in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.6, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -6.8, SoS: 2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 285 points (20.4/g), 9th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 407 points (29.1/g), 14th.
 Differential of -122 points (-8.7/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 4.2-9.8.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (3-11-0)

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Bemidji State (Bemidji, Minnesota)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Fran Tarkenton 21 Rook 10 157 for 280, 1,997 yards, 18 td, 17 int, & 56 rushes for 308 yards and 5 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
HB Hugh McElhenny* 33 9 13 120 rushes for 570 yards, 3 td, & 37 catches for 283 yards and 3 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
FB Mel Triplett 30 6 8 80 rushes for 407 yards, 1 td, & 10 catches for 41 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 5th / 56th pick / 1955
WR Dave Middleton 28 6 11 30 catches for 444 yards, 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
WR Jerry Reichow* 27 5 10 50 catches for 859 yards, 11 td, & 3 rushes for 9 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 38th pick / 1956
TE Gordie Smith 22 Rook 8 12 catches for 320 yards, 4 td
LT Grady Alderman 23 1 14 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Jerry Huth 28 5 14 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 24th / 285th pick / 1956
C Bill Lapham 27 1 13 Philadelphia Eagles / 14th / 160th pick / 1958
RG Mike Rabold 24 2 14 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
RT Frank Youso 25 3 13 New York Giants / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1958
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jim Marshall 24 1 14 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LDT Jim Prestel 24 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 6th / 70th pick / 1959
RDT Ed Culpepper 27 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 9th / 101st pick / 1955
RDE Don Joyce 32 10 7 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
LLB Clancy Osborne 27 2 11 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 27th / 315th pick / 1957
MLB Rip Hawkins 22 Rook 13 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 2nd / 10th pick / 1961
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
RLB Karl Rubke 26 4 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 56th pick / 1957
LCB Jack Morris 30 3 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 84th pick / 1956
RCB Dick Pesonen 23 1 11 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Rich Mostardo 23 1 9 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 12th / 141st pick / 1960
RS Charlie Sumner 31 6 12 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 22nd / 258th pick / 1954
 Special Teams Starters
K Mike Mercer 26 Rook 0 9 of 21 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 197th pick / 1961
P Mike Mercer 26 Rook 0 63 punts for a 39.0 average, 2 blocked Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 197th pick / 1961
PR Tommy Mason 22 Rook 0 14 punt returns for a 10.4 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
KR Tommy Mason 22 Rook 0 25 kick returns for a 24.1 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Grady Alderman 23 LT 14 14 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 1 8 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
73 Bill Bishop 30 10 0 248 6-4 North Texas 5/8/1931 9 2 Chicago Bears / 8th / 90th pick / 1952
23 Jamie Caleb 25 10 0 210 6-1 Grambling St. 10/29/1936 1 0 Cleveland Browns / 16th / 191st pick / 1959
71 Ed Culpepper 27 RDT 14 14 255 6-1 Alabama 1/21/1934 3 5 Green Bay Packers / 9th / 101st pick / 1955
62 Bob Denton 27 14 0 244 6-3 Pacific 7/24/1934 1 2 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 71st pick / 1959
25 Dean Derby 26 8 0 185 6-0 Washington 6/11/1935 4 3 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 51st pick / 1957
76 Paul Dickson 24 7 0 252 6-5 Baylor 2/26/1937 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
44 Billy Gault 25 4 0 185 6-1 TCU 12/19/1936 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 153rd pick / 1961
50 Dick Grecni 23 12 0 230 6-1 Ohio 3/27/1938 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 152nd pick / 1960
28 Dick Haley 24 4 0 183 5-10 Pittsburgh 10/2/1937 2 2 Washington Redskins / 9th / 100th pick / 1959
58 Rip Hawkins 22 MLB 14 13 235 6-3 North Carolina 4/21/1939 Rook 5 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 10th pick / 1961
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
32 Ray Hayes 26 13 0 235 6-3 Md-Eastern Shore,Central Oklahoma 5/25/1935 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 169th pick / 1961
65 Jerry Huth 28 LG 14 14 226 6-0 Wake Forest 7/23/1933 5 8 New York Giants / 24th / 285th pick / 1956
41 Gene Johnson 26 4 0 187 6-0 Cincinnati 9/18/1935 2 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 99th pick / 1959
83 Don Joyce 32 RDE 14 7 253 6-3 Tulane 10/8/1929 10 2 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
52 Bill Lapham 27 C 14 13 238 6-5 Drake,Iowa 2/2/1934 1 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 14th / 160th pick / 1958
59 Jim Leo 24 14 0 225 6-1 Cincinnati 6/18/1937 1 2 New York Giants / 3rd / 36th pick / 1960
70 Jim Marshall 24 LDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 1 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
20 Tommy Mason 22 KR 13 0 196 6-1 Tulane 7/8/1939 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
35 Doug Mayberry 24 4 0 220 6-1 California,Utah St. 3/23/1937 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 127th pick / 1961
39 Hugh McElhenny* 33 HB 13 13 195 6-1 Washington 12/31/1928 9 9 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
18 Mike Mercer 26 K 14 0 220 6-0 Minnesota,Hardin-Simmons,Arizona St. 11/21/1935 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 197th pick / 1961
84 Dave Middleton 28 WR 12 11 194 6-1 Auburn 11/23/1933 6 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
40 Jack Morris 30 LCB 14 14 189 6-0 Oregon 11/1/1931 3 4 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 84th pick / 1956
24 Rich Mostardo 23 LS 11 9 188 5-11 Charleston (WV),Kent St. 7/1/1938 1 3 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 141st pick / 1960
88 Fred Murphy 23 13 0 205 6-3 Georgia Tech 2/20/1938 1 0
31 Clancy Osborne 27 LLB 14 11 218 6-3 Arizona St. 11/23/1934 2 5 Los Angeles Rams / 27th / 315th pick / 1957
22 Dick Pesonen 23 RCB 11 11 190 6-0 Minnesota,Minnesota-Duluth 6/10/1938 1 3
66 Ken Petersen 22 12 0 235 6-2 Utah 3/26/1939 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 183rd pick / 1961
79 Jim Prestel 24 LDT 14 14 275 6-5 Idaho 6/28/1937 1 4 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 70th pick / 1959
64 Mike Rabold 24 RG 14 14 239 6-2 Indiana 3/12/1937 2 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
89 Jerry Reichow* 27 WR 14 10 217 6-2 Iowa 5/19/1934 5 10 Detroit Lions / 4th / 38th pick / 1956
47 Justin Rowland 24 5 0 188 6-2 TCU 5/10/1937 1 2 Chicago Bears / 12th / 140th pick / 1959
54 Karl Rubke 26 RLB 13 13 240 6-4 USC 12/6/1935 4 4 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 56th pick / 1957
85 Bob Schnelker 33 6 0 214 6-3 Bowling Green 10/17/1928 8 1 Cleveland Browns / 29th / 377th pick / 1950
45 Ed Sharockman 22 1 0 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
14 George Shaw 28 qb 8 4 183 6-1 Oregon 7/25/1933 6 2 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1955
43 Will Sherman 34 8 0 190 6-2 St. Mary's (CA) 10/20/1927 9 2 New York Yanks / 26th / 311th pick / 1951
77 Lebron Shields 24 6 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 7/23/1937 1 2 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 256th pick / 1959
87 Gordie Smith 22 TE 9 8 220 6-2 Arizona St.,Missouri 4/9/1939 Rook 4
26 Charlie Sumner 31 RS 13 12 194 6-1 William & Mary 10/19/1930 6 4 Chicago Bears / 22nd / 258th pick / 1954
10 Fran Tarkenton 21 QB 14 10 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 Rook 11 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
33 Mel Triplett 30 FB 14 8 215 6-1 Toledo 12/24/1931 6 4 New York Giants / 5th / 56th pick / 1955
82 A.D. Williams 28 13 0 210 6-2 Pacific 11/21/1933 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1956
72 Frank Youso 25 RT 14 13 257 6-4 Minnesota 7/5/1936 3 7 New York Giants / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1958
Team Total 25.9 14 218.2 6-1.8 2.7