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1971 Minnesota Vikings

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.5, Offense: -3.4, Defense: 9.9, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 245 points (17.5/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 139 points (9.9/g), 1st.
 Differential of 106 points (7.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.1-2.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (11-3-0)
 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 Gary Cuozzo 30 8 8 75 for 168, 842 yards, 6 td, 8 int, & 15 rushes for 24 yards and 0 td
RB Clint Jones 26 4 10 180 rushes for 675 yards, 4 td, & 9 catches for 98 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
FB Dave Osborn 28 6 9 123 rushes for 349 yards, 5 td, & 25 catches for 195 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
WR Bob Grim* 26 4 14 45 catches for 691 yards, 7 td, & 6 rushes for 127 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
WR Gene Washington 27 4 9 12 catches for 165 yards, 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
TE Stu Voigt 23 1 9 15 catches for 214 yards, 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
LT Grady Alderman 33 11 11 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Ed White 24 2 14 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
C Mick Tingelhoff 31 9 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Milt Sunde 29 7 14 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
RT Ron Yary*+ 25 3 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller*+ 29 7 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen 31 7 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Alan Page*+ 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 34 11 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 31 9 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Carl Gersbach 24 1 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 29 7 14 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Charlie West 25 3 14 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
RCB Ed Sharockman 32 10 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
SS Karl Kassulke 30 8 8 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
FS Paul Krause* 29 7 14 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 33 8 0 22 of 32 field goals & 25 of 25 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Bob Lee 25 2 4 89 punts for a 39.5 average, 0 blocked Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
PR Charlie West 25 3 14 18 punt returns for a 5.2 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
KR Charlie West 25 3 14 24 kick returns for a 23.2 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 33 LT 13 11 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 11 4 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
30 Bill Brown 33 FB 14 6 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 10 2 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
89 Robert Brown 28 8 4 225 6-2 Alcorn St. 1/1/1943 2 2
20 Bobby Bryant 27 13 6 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 3 7 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
14 Fred Cox 33 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 8 4 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
15 Gary Cuozzo 30 QB 8 8 195 6-0 Virginia 4/26/1941 8 2
71 Doug Davis 27 14 3 255 6-4 Kentucky 7/22/1944 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
86 Al Denson 29 7 3 208 6-2 Florida A&M 1/2/1942 7 2 Denver Broncos / 6th / 47th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 72nd pick / 1964
81 Carl Eller*+ 29 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 7 18 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
56 Carl Gersbach 24 MLB 13 11 230 6-1 Duke,West Chester 1/8/1947 1 8
27 Bob Grim* 26 WR 14 14 200 6-0 Oregon St. 5/8/1945 4 10 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
44 Leo Hayden 23 7 0 210 6-0 Ohio St. 6/2/1948 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 24th pick / 1971
80 John Henderson 28 7 2 195 6-3 Michigan 3/21/1943 6 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 63rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 136th pick / 1965
58 Wally Hilgenberg 29 RLB 14 14 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 7 12 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
85 John Hilton 29 7 1 225 6-5 Richmond 3/12/1942 6 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 76th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 16th / 125th pick / 1964
52 Noel Jenke 25 14 0 221 6-2 Minnesota 12/17/1946 Rook 6 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 303rd pick / 1969
26 Clint Jones 26 RB 14 10 205 6-0 Michigan St. 5/24/1945 4 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
29 Karl Kassulke 30 SS 12 8 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 8 8 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
22 Paul Krause* 29 FS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 7 14 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 31 LDT 14 14 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 7 11 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
19 Bob Lee 25 P 14 4 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 2 4 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
21 Jim Lindsey 27 14 0 210 6-2 Arkansas 11/24/1944 5 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 27th pick / 1966
70 Jim Marshall 34 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 11 11 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
41 Dave Osborn 28 FB 11 9 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 6 5 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
88 Alan Page*+ 26 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 4 19 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
78 Jerry Patton 25 3 0 261 6-3 Nebraska 3/27/1946 Rook 4
68 Pete Perreault 32 10 0 248 6-3 Boston Univ. 3/1/1939 8 2
32 Oscar Reed 27 13 3 222 6-0 Colorado St. 3/24/1944 3 3 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
68 Roy Schmidt 29 4 0 248 6-3 Long Beach St. 5/3/1942 4 2 Green Bay Packers / 13th / 178th pick / 1965
45 Ed Sharockman 32 RCB 14 14 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 10 11 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
16 Norm Snead 32 qb 7 2 215 6-4 Wake Forest 7/31/1939 10 2 Washington Redskins / 1st / 2nd pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 5th / 35th pick / 1961
64 Milt Sunde 29 RG 14 14 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 7 5 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
69 Doug Sutherland 23 11 0 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
53 Mick Tingelhoff 31 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 9 5
83 Stu Voigt 23 TE 12 9 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
72 John Ward 23 14 0 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 5/27/1948 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1970
59 Lonnie Warwick 29 4 3 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 6 4
84 Gene Washington 27 WR 13 9 208 6-3 Michigan St. 1/25/1944 4 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
40 Charlie West 25 KR 14 14 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 3 11 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
62 Ed White 24 LG 14 14 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
36 Chuck Winfrey 22 14 0 230 6-0 Wisconsin 3/27/1949 Rook 5
60 Roy Winston 31 LLB 14 14 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 9 11 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
23 Jeff Wright 22 14 0 190 5-11 Minnesota 6/13/1949 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 24 3 0 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 2 3
73 Ron Yary*+ 25 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 3 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
51 Godfrey Zaunbrecher 25 4 0 240 6-2 LSU 12/17/1946 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 286th pick / 1970
Team Total 27.6 14 224.3 6-2.0 4.8