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1968 Minnesota Vikings

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8-6-0, Finished 1st in NFL Central Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.7, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 2.4, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 282 points (20.1/g), 8th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 242 points (17.3/g), 6th.
 Differential of 40 points (2.9/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-5.7.

Coach: Bud Grant (8-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, 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 Joe Kapp 30 1 14 129 for 248, 1,695 yards, 10 td, 17 int, & 50 rushes for 269 yards and 3 td Washington Redskins / 18th / 209th pick / 1959
HB Clint Jones 23 1 12 128 rushes for 536 yards, 1 td, & 4 catches for 26 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
FB Bill Brown* 30 7 14 222 rushes for 805 yards, 11 td, & 31 catches for 329 yards and 3 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
WR Tom Hall 28 6 13 19 catches for 268 yards, 1 td Detroit Lions / 7th / 94th pick / 1962
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1962
WR Gene Washington 24 1 14 46 catches for 756 yards, 6 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
TE Bill Martin 26 4 7 10 catches for 101 yards, 1 td Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 10th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1964
LT Grady Alderman 30 8 14 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Jim Vellone 24 2 14
C Mick Tingelhoff*+ 28 6 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Larry Bowie 29 6 8 Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
RT Doug Davis 24 2 7 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller*+ 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen 28 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Alan Page* 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall* 31 8 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Lonnie Warwick 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RLB John Kirby 26 4 7 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 62nd pick / 1964
LCB Earsell Mackbee 27 3 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RCB Ed Sharockman 29 7 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
LS Karl Kassulke 27 5 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
RS Paul Krause 26 4 14 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 30 5 0 19 of 29 field goals & 31 of 32 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P King Hill 32 10 0 33 punts for a 41.0 average, 0 blocked Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 1st pick / 1958
PR Charlie West 22 Rook 0 20 punt returns for a 10.1 average and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
KR Charlie West 22 Rook 0 22 kick returns for a 26.2 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968

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 30 LT 14 14 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 8 7 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
87 John Beasley 23 te 14 7 228 6-3 California 4/6/1945 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
66 Bookie Bolin 28 6 0 240 6-2 Mississippi 6/17/1940 6 3 New York Giants / 5th / 58th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 14th / 107th pick / 1962
61 Larry Bowie 29 RG 8 8 245 6-2 Purdue 10/13/1939 6 4 Dallas Texans / 8th / 59th pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 73rd pick / 1962
30 Bill Brown* 30 FB 14 14 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 7 13 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
20 Bobby Bryant 24 14 0 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
14 Fred Cox 30 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 5 5 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
15 Gary Cuozzo 27 4 0 195 6-0 Virginia 4/26/1941 5 2
71 Doug Davis 24 RT 14 7 255 6-4 Kentucky 7/22/1944 2 4 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
28 Earl Denny 23 14 0 205 6-1 Missouri 7/21/1945 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 61st pick / 1967
76 Paul Dickson 31 13 0 252 6-5 Baylor 2/26/1937 9 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
81 Carl Eller*+ 26 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 4 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
82 Bob Goodridge 22 11 0 190 6-2 Vanderbilt 5/11/1946 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 144th pick / 1968
27 Bob Grim 23 2 0 200 6-0 Oregon St. 5/8/1945 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
49 Dale Hackbart 30 14 0 210 6-3 Wisconsin 7/21/1938 8 3 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 51st pick / 1960
86 Tom Hall 28 WR 13 13 195 6-1 Minnesota 4/3/1940 6 4 Detroit Lions / 7th / 94th pick / 1962
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1962
80 John Henderson 25 7 0 195 6-3 Michigan 3/21/1943 3 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 63rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 136th pick / 1965
58 Wally Hilgenberg 26 rlb 14 7 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 4 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
10 King Hill 32 P 8 0 212 6-3 Rice 11/8/1936 10 1 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 1st pick / 1958
26 Clint Jones 23 HB 12 12 205 6-0 Michigan St. 5/24/1945 1 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
11 Joe Kapp 30 QB 14 14 215 6-2 California 3/19/1938 1 11 Washington Redskins / 18th / 209th pick / 1959
29 Karl Kassulke 27 LS 14 14 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 5 6 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
36 John Kirby 26 RLB 14 7 230 6-3 Nebraska 5/30/1942 4 4 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 62nd pick / 1964
22 Paul Krause 26 RS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 4 11 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 28 LDT 14 14 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 4 8 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
21 Jim Lindsey 24 14 0 210 6-2 Arkansas 11/24/1944 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 27th pick / 1966
46 Earsell Mackbee 27 LCB 14 14 195 6-1 Utah St. 1/15/1941 3 6
70 Jim Marshall* 31 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 8 10 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
89 Bill Martin 26 TE 14 7 238 6-4 Georgia Tech 10/27/1942 4 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 10th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1964
55 Mike McGill 22 14 0 235 6-2 Notre Dame 11/21/1946 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 76th pick / 1968
41 Dave Osborn 25 4 0 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 3 1 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
88 Alan Page* 23 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 1 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
24 Art Powell 31 1 0 211 6-3 San Jose St. 2/25/1937 9 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 123rd pick / 1959
32 Oscar Reed 24 7 0 222 6-0 Colorado St. 3/24/1944 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
45 Ed Sharockman 29 RCB 14 14 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 7 7 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
74 Steve Smith 24 14 0 250 6-2 Michigan 5/29/1944 2 4 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 71st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 16th / 140th pick / 1966
64 Milt Sunde 26 rg 14 6 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 4 4 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
53 Mick Tingelhoff*+ 28 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 6 13
63 Jim Vellone 24 LG 14 14 255 6-3 USC 8/20/1944 2 7
59 Lonnie Warwick 26 MLB 14 14 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 3 8
84 Gene Washington 24 WR 14 14 208 6-3 Michigan St. 1/25/1944 1 11 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
40 Charlie West 22 KR 14 0 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
60 Roy Winston 28 LLB 14 14 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 6 8 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
73 Ron Yary 22 14 0 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
Team Total 26.3 14 222.1 6-2.1 3.8