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1970 Minnesota Vikings

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1970 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 15.1, Offense: 5.9, Defense: 9.2, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 335 points (23.9/g), 3rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 143 points (10.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 192 points (13.7/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.4-1.6.

Coach: Bud Grant (12-2-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns

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 Gary Cuozzo 29 7 12 128 for 257, 1,720 yards, 7 td, 10 int, & 17 rushes for 61 yards and 0 td
RB Dave Osborn* 27 5 10 207 rushes for 681 yards, 5 td, & 23 catches for 202 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
FB Bill Brown 32 9 7 101 rushes for 324 yards, 0 td, & 15 catches for 149 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
WR Bob Grim 25 3 9 23 catches for 287 yards, 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
WR Gene Washington* 26 3 14 44 catches for 702 yards, 4 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
TE John Beasley 25 3 14 17 catches for 237 yards, 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
LT Grady Alderman 32 10 11 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Jim Vellone 26 4 8
C Mick Tingelhoff 30 8 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Milt Sunde 28 6 14 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
RT Ron Yary 24 2 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller*+ 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen* 30 6 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Alan Page*+ 25 3 14 1 interception, 7 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 33 10 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 30 8 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Lonnie Warwick 28 5 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 28 6 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Bobby Bryant 26 2 10 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
RCB Ed Sharockman 31 9 13 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
SS Karl Kassulke* 29 7 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
FS Paul Krause 28 6 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox* 32 7 0 30 of 46 field goals & 35 of 35 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Tom McNeill 28 3 0 61 punts for a 37.9 average, 0 blocked
PR Charlie West 24 2 5 29 punt returns for a 5.8 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
KR Clint Jones 25 3 7 19 kick returns for a 23.8 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Grady Alderman 32 LT 14 11 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 10 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
87 John Beasley 25 TE 14 14 228 6-3 California 4/6/1945 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
30 Bill Brown 32 FB 14 7 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 9 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
20 Bobby Bryant 26 LCB 11 10 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 2 9 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
17 Bill Cappleman 23 1 0 210 6-3 Florida St. 3/12/1947 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1970
25 John Charles 26 8 0 205 6-0 Purdue 5/9/1944 3 5 Boston Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1967
14 Fred Cox* 32 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 7 5 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
15 Gary Cuozzo 29 QB 12 12 195 6-0 Virginia 4/26/1941 7 10
71 Doug Davis 26 12 3 255 6-4 Kentucky 7/22/1944 4 4 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
76 Paul Dickson 33 14 0 252 6-5 Baylor 2/26/1937 11 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1959
81 Carl Eller*+ 28 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 6 19 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
56 Hap Farber 22 3 0 220 6-1 Mississippi 7/1/1948 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 181st pick / 1970
27 Bob Grim 25 WR 14 9 200 6-0 Oregon St. 5/8/1945 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
49 Dale Hackbart 32 14 0 210 6-3 Wisconsin 7/21/1938 10 5 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 51st pick / 1960
50 Jim Hargrove 25 12 0 233 6-2 Howard Payne 2/21/1945 3 5 Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 348th pick / 1967
80 John Henderson 27 14 5 195 6-3 Michigan 3/21/1943 5 8 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 63rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 136th pick / 1965
58 Wally Hilgenberg 28 RLB 14 14 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 6 11 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
26 Clint Jones 25 KR 14 7 205 6-0 Michigan St. 5/24/1945 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
29 Karl Kassulke* 29 SS 14 14 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 7 14 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
89 Kent Kramer 26 11 0 235 6-4 Minnesota 7/21/1944 4 0 Miami Dolphins / 13th / 110th pick / 1966
San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 133rd pick / 1966
22 Paul Krause 28 FS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 6 12 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen* 30 LDT 14 14 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 6 14 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
19 Bob Lee 24 qb 6 2 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
21 Jim Lindsey 26 11 0 210 6-2 Arkansas 11/24/1944 4 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 27th pick / 1966
70 Jim Marshall 33 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 10 11 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
55 Mike McGill 24 14 0 235 6-2 Notre Dame 11/21/1946 2 6 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 76th pick / 1968
12 Tom McNeill 28 P 14 0 195 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/12/1942 3 1
66 Wayne Meylan 24 2 0 237 6-1 Nebraska 3/2/1946 2 4 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 104th pick / 1968
41 Dave Osborn* 27 RB 14 10 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 5 9 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
88 Alan Page*+ 25 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 3 22 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
28 Ted Provost 22 7 0 195 6-2 Ohio St. 7/26/1948 Rook 4 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 162nd pick / 1970
32 Oscar Reed 26 12 4 222 6-0 Colorado St. 3/24/1944 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
45 Ed Sharockman 31 RCB 14 13 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 9 13 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
74 Steve Smith 26 14 0 250 6-2 Michigan 5/29/1944 4 4 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 71st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 16th / 140th pick / 1966
64 Milt Sunde 28 RG 14 14 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 6 7 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
53 Mick Tingelhoff 30 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 8 7
63 Jim Vellone 26 LG 11 8 255 6-3 USC 8/20/1944 4 4
83 Stu Voigt 22 3 0 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
72 John Ward 22 14 0 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 5/27/1948 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1970
59 Lonnie Warwick 28 MLB 14 14 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 5 12
84 Gene Washington* 26 WR 14 14 208 6-3 Michigan St. 1/25/1944 3 11 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
40 Charlie West 24 PR 14 5 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
62 Ed White 23 lg 14 6 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
60 Roy Winston 30 LLB 14 14 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 8 12 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
73 Ron Yary 24 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
Team Total 26.8 14 223.8 6-2.0 4.4