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1966 Minnesota Vikings

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4-9-1, NFL West Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.2, Offense: 1.9, Defense: 0.3, SoS: 3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 292 points (20.9/g), 9th of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 304 points (21.7/g), 8th.
 Differential of -12 points (-0.9/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 6.7-7.3.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (4-9-1)

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Fran Tarkenton 26 5 12 192 for 358, 2,561 yards, 17 td, 16 int, & 62 rushes for 376 yards and 4 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
HB Tommy Mason 27 5 6 58 rushes for 235 yards, 2 td, & 7 catches for 39 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
FB Bill Brown 28 5 14 251 rushes for 829 yards, 6 td, & 37 catches for 359 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
WR Paul Flatley* 25 3 12 50 catches for 777 yards, 3 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
WR Red Phillips 30 8 10 32 catches for 554 yards, 3 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1958
TE Preston Carpenter 32 10 12 27 catches for 487 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for -10 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
LT Grady Alderman* 28 6 14 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Milt Sunde* 24 2 14 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
C Mick Tingelhoff*+ 26 4 14
RG Jim Vellone 22 Rook 9
RT Doug Davis 22 Rook 12 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen 26 2 14 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Paul Dickson 29 7 12 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
RDE Jim Marshall 29 6 14 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 26 4 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Lonnie Warwick 24 1 12 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RLB John Kirby 24 2 9 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 62nd pick / 1964
LCB Earsell Mackbee 25 1 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Ed Sharockman 27 5 10 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
LS Karl Kassulke 25 3 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
RS Dale Hackbart 28 6 13 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 5th / 51st pick / 1960
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 28 3 0 18 of 33 field goals & 34 of 34 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Bobby Walden 28 2 0 60 punts for a 41.0 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
PR Lance Rentzel 23 1 0 11 punt returns for a 1.5 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
KR Mike Fitzgerald 25 Rook 0 14 kick returns for a 21.5 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Grady Alderman* 28 LT 14 14 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 6 9 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
79 Chuck Arrobio 22 11 0 250 6-4 USC 7/9/1944 Rook 3
33 Billy Ray Barnes 31 2 0 201 5-11 Wake Forest 5/14/1935 9 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 19th pick / 1957
86 Hal Bedsole 25 1 0 236 6-5 USC 12/21/1941 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 19th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 8th / 58th pick / 1964
17 Bob Berry 24 qb 3 1 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 1 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
61 Larry Bowie 27 14 0 245 6-2 Purdue 10/13/1939 4 3 Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
30 Bill Brown 28 FB 14 14 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 5 9 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
40 Preston Carpenter 32 TE 12 12 190 6-2 Arkansas 1/24/1934 10 5 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
14 Fred Cox 28 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 3 4 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
71 Doug Davis 22 RT 13 12 255 6-4 Kentucky 7/22/1944 Rook 6 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
76 Paul Dickson 29 RDT 12 12 252 6-5 Baylor 2/26/1937 7 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
81 Carl Eller 24 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 2 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
37 Mike Fitzgerald 25 KR 9 0 180 5-10 Iowa St. 5/4/1941 Rook 0
85 Paul Flatley* 25 WR 13 12 187 6-1 Northwestern 1/30/1941 3 8 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
49 Dale Hackbart 28 RS 14 13 210 6-3 Wisconsin 7/21/1938 6 8 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 51st pick / 1960
28 Tom Hall 26 14 0 195 6-1 Minnesota 4/3/1940 4 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 94th pick / 1962
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1962
55 Don Hansen 22 RLB 13 8 235 6-2 Illinois 8/20/1944 Rook 5 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
22 Jeff Jordan 23 14 0 190 6-3 Tulsa 11/23/1943 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 107th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 15th / 113th pick / 1965
29 Karl Kassulke 25 LS 14 14 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 3 8 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
24 Phil King 30 14 0 223 6-4 Vanderbilt 6/22/1936 8 1 New York Giants / 1st / 12th pick / 1958
36 John Kirby 24 RLB 10 9 230 6-3 Nebraska 5/30/1942 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 62nd pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 26 LDT 14 14 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 2 8 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
21 Jim Lindsey 22 14 0 210 6-2 Arkansas 11/24/1944 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 27th pick / 1966
46 Earsell Mackbee 25 LCB 14 14 195 6-1 Utah St. 1/15/1941 1 7
70 Jim Marshall 29 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 6 8 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
20 Tommy Mason 27 HB 7 6 196 6-1 Tulane 7/8/1939 5 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
41 Dave Osborn 23 14 0 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
82 Red Phillips 30 WR 12 10 197 6-1 Auburn 2/5/1936 8 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 5th pick / 1958
83 John Powers 26 5 0 215 6-2 Notre Dame 6/15/1940 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 117th pick / 1962
19 Lance Rentzel 23 PR 9 0 202 6-2 Oklahoma 10/14/1943 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
44 George Rose 24 10 0 200 5-11 Auburn 1/1/1942 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 21st pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 34th pick / 1964
54 Bob Schmitz 28 2 0 235 6-1 Wisconsin,Montana St. 9/10/1938 5 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 187th pick / 1961
45 Ed Sharockman 27 RCB 11 10 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 5 6 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
73 Jerry Shay 22 dt 14 2 250 6-3 Purdue 7/10/1944 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 4th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1966
64 Milt Sunde* 24 LG 14 14 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 2 9 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
72 Archie Sutton 25 3 0 262 6-4 Illinois 11/2/1941 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 15th pick / 1965
10 Fran Tarkenton 26 QB 14 12 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 5 12 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
74 Mike Tilleman 22 12 0 272 6-7 Montana 3/30/1944 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 163rd pick / 1965
53 Mick Tingelhoff*+ 26 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 4 13
51 Dave Tobey 23 lb 14 1 231 6-3 Oregon 3/17/1943 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 130th pick / 1965
15 Ron Vander Kelen 27 qb 3 1 185 6-1 Wisconsin 11/6/1939 3 1 New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1963
63 Jim Vellone 22 RG 14 9 255 6-3 USC 8/20/1944 Rook 5
39 Bobby Walden 28 P 14 0 190 6-0 Georgia 3/9/1938 2 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
59 Lonnie Warwick 24 MLB 12 12 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 1 8
23 Jeff Williams 23 3 0 210 6-1 Oklahoma St. 5/7/1943 Rook 0
60 Roy Winston 26 LLB 12 12 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 4 7 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
34 Jim Young 23 4 0 205 6-0 Queens (Canada) 6/6/1943 1 0
Team Total 25.5 14 220.1 6-1.9 3.0