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1963 Minnesota Vikings

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5-8-1, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1963 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.4, Offense: 1.7, Defense: -7.1, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 309 points (22.1/g), 8th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 390 points (27.9/g), 12th.
 Differential of -81 points (-5.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 5.1-8.9.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (5-8-1)

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 23 2 13 170 for 297, 2,311 yards, 15 td, 15 int, & 28 rushes for 162 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
HB Tommy Mason*+ 24 2 13 166 rushes for 763 yards, 7 td, & 40 catches for 365 yards and 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
FB Bill Brown 25 2 13 128 rushes for 445 yards, 5 td, & 17 catches for 109 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
WR Paul Flatley 22 Rook 14 51 catches for 867 yards, 4 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
WR Jerry Reichow 29 7 14 35 catches for 479 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -12 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 38th pick / 1956
TE Ray Poage 23 Rook 6 15 catches for 354 yards, 2 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 11th pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 31st pick / 1963
LT Grady Alderman* 25 3 14 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Jerry Huth 30 7 12 New York Giants / 24th / 285th pick / 1956
C Mick Tingelhoff 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Larry Bowie 24 1 14 1 fumble recovered Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
RT Errol Linden 26 2 14 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Don Hultz 23 Rook 14 1 interception, 9 fumbles recovered
LDT Jim Prestel 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 6th / 70th pick / 1959
RDT Paul Dickson 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
RDE Jim Marshall 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 23 1 14 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Rip Hawkins* 24 2 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 2nd / 10th pick / 1961
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
RLB Steve Stonebreaker 26 1 10 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 34th / 266th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 155th pick / 1961
LCB Lee Calland 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Ed Sharockman 24 2 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
LS Karl Kassulke 22 Rook 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
RS Chuck Lamson 24 1 7 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 43rd pick / 1961
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 25 Rook 0 12 of 24 field goals & 39 of 39 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Fred Cox 25 Rook 0 70 punts for a 38.7 average, 0 blocked Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
PR Bill Butler 26 4 0 21 punt returns for a 10.5 average and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 19th / 217th pick / 1959
KR Bill Butler 26 4 0 33 kick returns for a 21.6 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 19th / 217th pick / 1959

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* 25 LT 14 14 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 3 9 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
63 Jim Battle 25 14 0 240 6-0 Southern Illinois 2/20/1938 Rook 4
61 Larry Bowie 24 RG 14 14 245 6-2 Purdue 10/13/1939 1 7 Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
80 Jim Boylan 24 3 0 185 6-1 Washington St. 3/19/1939 Rook 1
30 Bill Brown 25 FB 14 13 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 2 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
22 Bill Butler 26 KR 14 0 189 5-10 Tenn-Chattanooga 7/10/1937 4 2 Green Bay Packers / 19th / 217th pick / 1959
23 Lee Calland 22 LCB 14 14 190 6-0 Louisville 9/14/1941 Rook 6
55 John Campbell 25 14 0 225 6-3 Minnesota 10/7/1938 Rook 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 40th pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 143rd pick / 1963
81 Leon Clarke 30 3 0 232 6-4 USC 1/10/1933 7 0 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 14th pick / 1956
14 Fred Cox 25 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 Rook 4 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
62 Bob Denton 29 14 0 244 6-3 Pacific 7/24/1934 3 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 71st pick / 1959
76 Paul Dickson 26 RDT 14 14 252 6-5 Baylor 2/26/1937 4 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
25 Terry Dillon 22 7 0 193 6-0 Montana 8/18/1941 Rook 2 Oakland Raiders / 18th / 137th pick / 1963
35 Bob Ferguson 24 2 0 220 5-11 Ohio St. 8/29/1939 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1962
85 Paul Flatley 22 WR 14 14 187 6-1 Northwestern 1/30/1941 Rook 9 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
40 Tom Franckhauser 26 14 0 195 6-0 Purdue 5/26/1937 4 4 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1959
58 Rip Hawkins* 24 MLB 14 14 235 6-3 North Carolina 4/21/1939 2 7 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 10th pick / 1961
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
83 Don Hultz 23 LDE 14 14 241 6-3 Southern Miss 12/16/1940 Rook 8
65 Jerry Huth 30 LG 13 12 226 6-0 Wake Forest 7/23/1933 7 6 New York Giants / 24th / 285th pick / 1956
57 Bill Jobko 28 13 0 224 6-2 Ohio St. 10/7/1935 5 3 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 80th pick / 1958
29 Karl Kassulke 22 LS 14 12 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
26 Terry Kosens 22 db 8 4 195 6-3 Hofstra 10/3/1941 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 128th pick / 1963
21 Chuck Lamson 24 RS 12 7 190 6-0 Iowa St.,Wyoming 3/14/1939 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 43rd pick / 1961
73 Errol Linden 26 RT 14 14 258 6-5 Houston 10/21/1937 2 7 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
70 Jim Marshall 26 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 3 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
20 Tommy Mason*+ 24 HB 13 13 196 6-1 Tulane 7/8/1939 2 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
74 Dave O'Brien 22 14 0 247 6-3 Boston Col. 6/13/1941 Rook 4 Boston Patriots / 18th / 142nd pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 171st pick / 1963
86 Ray Poage 23 TE 7 6 208 6-4 Texas 11/14/1940 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 11th pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 31st pick / 1963
79 Jim Prestel 26 LDT 14 14 275 6-5 Idaho 6/28/1937 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 70th pick / 1959
27 Bobby Reed 24 10 0 187 5-11 Pacific 11/14/1939 1 2
89 Jerry Reichow 29 WR 14 14 217 6-2 Iowa 5/19/1934 7 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 38th pick / 1956
75 Pat Russ 23 14 0 255 6-3 Purdue 1/18/1940 Rook 3 Oakland Raiders / 16th / 121st pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 185th pick / 1962
45 Ed Sharockman 24 RCB 14 14 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
87 Gordie Smith 24 te 14 6 220 6-2 Arizona St.,Missouri 4/9/1939 2 2
82 Steve Stonebreaker 26 RLB 14 10 223 6-3 Detroit Mercy 10/28/1937 1 4 Denver Broncos / 34th / 266th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 155th pick / 1961
10 Fran Tarkenton 23 QB 14 13 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 2 10 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 23 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 1 7
11 Ron Vander Kelen 24 qb 6 1 185 6-1 Wisconsin 11/6/1939 Rook 2 New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1963
24 Tommy Wilson 31 8 0 203 6-0 none 9/1/1932 7 3
60 Roy Winston 23 LLB 14 14 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 1 7 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
Team Total 24.8 14 218.7 6-1.5 2.0