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1965 Minnesota Vikings

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7-7-0, NFL West Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 7.9, Defense: -2.8, SoS: 6.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 383 points (27.4/g), 4th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 403 points (28.8/g), 14th.
 Differential of -20 points (-1.4/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (7-7-0)

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Fran Tarkenton* 25 4 14 171 for 329, 2,609 yards, 19 td, 11 int, & 56 rushes for 356 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
HB Tommy Mason 26 4 9 141 rushes for 597 yards, 10 td, & 22 catches for 321 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
FB Bill Brown* 27 4 12 160 rushes for 699 yards, 6 td, & 41 catches for 503 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
WR Paul Flatley 24 2 14 50 catches for 896 yards, 7 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
WR Red Phillips 29 7 9 15 catches for 185 yards, 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1958
TE Gordie Smith 26 4 9 22 catches for 431 yards, 5 td
LT Grady Alderman* 27 5 13 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Milt Sunde 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
C Mick Tingelhoff*+ 25 3 14
RG Larry Bowie 26 3 14 1 fumble recovered Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
RT Errol Linden 28 4 14 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen 25 1 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Paul Dickson 28 6 14 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
RDE Jim Marshall 28 5 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 25 3 7 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Rip Hawkins 26 4 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 2nd / 10th pick / 1961
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
RLB Bill Jobko 30 7 13 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 80th pick / 1958
LCB George Rose 23 1 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 21st pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 34th pick / 1964
RCB Ed Sharockman 26 4 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
LS Karl Kassulke 24 2 8 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
RS Larry Vargo 26 3 11 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 150th pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 21st / 163rd pick / 1961
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 27 2 0 23 of 35 field goals & 44 of 44 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Bobby Walden 27 1 0 51 punts for a 42.1 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
PR Tommy Mason 26 4 9 9 punt returns for a 7.0 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
KR Lance Rentzel 22 Rook 0 23 kick returns for a 26.2 average and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Grady Alderman* 27 LT 13 13 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 5 11 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
33 Billy Ray Barnes 30 14 0 201 5-11 Wake Forest 5/14/1935 8 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 19th pick / 1957
86 Hal Bedsole 24 9 0 236 6-5 USC 12/21/1941 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 19th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 8th / 58th pick / 1964
17 Bob Berry 23 2 0 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 Rook 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
61 Larry Bowie 26 RG 14 14 245 6-2 Purdue 10/13/1939 3 8 Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
30 Bill Brown* 27 FB 14 12 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 4 12 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
66 Ken Byers 25 14 0 240 6-1 Cincinnati 4/6/1940 3 4 New York Giants / 7th / 97th pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 16th / 126th pick / 1962
23 Lee Calland 24 5 0 190 6-0 Louisville 9/14/1941 2 2
14 Fred Cox 27 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 2 6 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
76 Paul Dickson 28 RDT 14 14 252 6-5 Baylor 2/26/1937 6 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
81 Carl Eller 23 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
85 Paul Flatley 24 WR 14 14 187 6-1 Northwestern 1/30/1941 2 11 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
28 Tom Hall 25 14 0 195 6-1 Minnesota 4/3/1940 3 4 Detroit Lions / 7th / 94th pick / 1962
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1962
58 Rip Hawkins 26 MLB 14 14 235 6-3 North Carolina 4/21/1939 4 6 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 10th pick / 1961
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1961
43 Gary Hill 22 8 0 200 6-0 USC 6/29/1943 Rook 2
47 Dick James 31 4 0 179 5-9 Oregon 5/22/1934 9 0 Washington Redskins / 8th / 94th pick / 1956
57 Bill Jobko 30 RLB 14 13 224 6-2 Ohio St. 10/7/1935 7 5 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 80th pick / 1958
22 Jeff Jordan 22 12 0 190 6-3 Tulsa 11/23/1943 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 107th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 15th / 113th pick / 1965
29 Karl Kassulke 24 LS 14 8 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 2 4 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
24 Phil King 29 14 0 223 6-4 Vanderbilt 6/22/1936 7 4 New York Giants / 1st / 12th pick / 1958
36 John Kirby 23 14 0 230 6-3 Nebraska 5/30/1942 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 62nd pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 25 LDT 12 9 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 1 4 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
73 Errol Linden 28 RT 14 14 258 6-5 Houston 10/21/1937 4 8 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
46 Earsell Mackbee 24 10 0 195 6-1 Utah St. 1/15/1941 Rook 2
70 Jim Marshall 28 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 5 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
20 Tommy Mason 26 HB 10 9 196 6-1 Tulane 7/8/1939 4 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
41 Dave Osborn 22 14 0 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
82 Red Phillips 29 WR 12 9 197 6-1 Auburn 2/5/1936 7 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1958
79 Jim Prestel 28 13 0 275 6-5 Idaho 6/28/1937 5 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 70th pick / 1959
19 Lance Rentzel 22 KR 11 0 202 6-2 Oklahoma 10/14/1943 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
44 George Rose 23 LCB 10 10 200 5-11 Auburn 1/1/1942 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 21st pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 34th pick / 1964
45 Ed Sharockman 26 RCB 14 14 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 4 6 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
87 Gordie Smith 26 TE 14 9 220 6-2 Arizona St.,Missouri 4/9/1939 4 5
64 Milt Sunde 23 LG 14 14 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 1 8 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
72 Archie Sutton 24 14 0 262 6-4 Illinois 11/2/1941 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1965
10 Fran Tarkenton* 25 QB 14 14 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 4 15 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff*+ 25 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 3 15
15 Ron Vander Kelen 26 4 0 185 6-1 Wisconsin 11/6/1939 2 1 New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1963
25 Larry Vargo 26 RS 13 11 215 6-3 Detroit Mercy 4/5/1939 3 4 Detroit Lions / 11th / 150th pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 21st / 163rd pick / 1961
39 Bobby Walden 27 P 14 0 190 6-0 Georgia 3/9/1938 1 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
59 Lonnie Warwick 23 llb 14 7 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 Rook 4
60 Roy Winston 25 LLB 14 7 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 3 3 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
34 Jim Young 22 2 0 205 6-0 Queens (Canada) 6/6/1943 Rook 0
Team Total 25.4 14 218.2 6-1.6 2.8