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1972 Minnesota Vikings

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7-7-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 2.6, Defense: 3.4, SoS: 2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 301 points (21.5/g), 12th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 252 points (18.0/g), 11th.
 Differential of 49 points (3.5/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-7-0)
 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 Fran Tarkenton 32 11 14 215 for 378, 2,651 yards, 18 td, 13 int, & 27 rushes for 180 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
RB Oscar Reed 28 4 14 151 rushes for 639 yards, 2 td, & 30 catches for 205 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
FB Ed Marinaro 22 Rook 6 66 rushes for 223 yards, 0 td, & 28 catches for 218 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 50th pick / 1972
WR John Gilliam* 27 5 14 47 catches for 1,035 yards, 7 td, & 8 rushes for 14 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
WR Gene Washington 28 5 11 18 catches for 259 yards, 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
TE John Beasley 27 5 14 28 catches for 232 yards, 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
LT Grady Alderman 34 12 14 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Ed White 25 3 14 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
C Mick Tingelhoff 32 10 14 3 fumbles recovered
RG Milt Sunde 30 8 14 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
RT Ron Yary*+ 26 4 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller 30 8 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen 32 8 14 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Alan Page* 27 5 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 35 12 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 32 10 13 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Jeff Siemon 22 Rook 8 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 30 8 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Charlie West 26 4 13 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
RCB Bobby Bryant 28 4 14 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
SS Karl Kassulke 31 9 6 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
FS Paul Krause* 30 8 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 34 9 0 21 of 33 field goals & 34 of 34 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Mike Eischeid 32 6 0 62 punts for a 42.8 average, 1 blocked
PR Charlie West 26 4 13 16 punt returns for a 6.9 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
KR John Gilliam* 27 5 14 14 kick returns for a 26.4 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Grady Alderman 34 LT 14 14 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 12 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
87 John Beasley 27 TE 14 14 228 6-3 California 4/6/1945 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
30 Bill Brown 34 14 0 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 11 6 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
24 Terry Brown 25 8 0 205 6-0 Oklahoma St. 1/9/1947 3 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1969
20 Bobby Bryant 28 RCB 14 14 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 4 7 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
14 Fred Cox 34 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 9 3 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
71 Doug Davis 28 5 0 255 6-4 Kentucky 7/22/1944 6 3 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 72nd pick / 1966
27 Calvin Demery 22 5 0 190 6-1 Arizona St. 8/17/1950 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 206th pick / 1972
11 Mike Eischeid 32 P 14 0 190 6-0 Upper Iowa 9/29/1940 6 3
81 Carl Eller 30 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 8 11 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
56 Carl Gersbach 25 14 1 230 6-1 Duke,West Chester 1/8/1947 2 4
42 John Gilliam* 27 KR 14 14 195 6-1 South Carolina St. 8/7/1945 5 12 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
80 John Henderson 29 12 3 195 6-3 Michigan 3/21/1943 7 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 63rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 136th pick / 1965
58 Wally Hilgenberg 30 RLB 14 14 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 8 8 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
26 Clint Jones 27 7 3 205 6-0 Michigan St. 5/24/1945 5 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
29 Karl Kassulke 31 SS 8 6 195 6-0 Marquette,Drake 3/20/1941 9 3 Detroit Lions / 11th / 152nd pick / 1963
22 Paul Krause* 30 FS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 8 11 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 32 LDT 14 14 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 8 7 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
19 Bob Lee 26 2 0 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
21 Jim Lindsey 28 13 0 210 6-2 Arkansas 11/24/1944 6 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 27th pick / 1966
75 Bob Lurtsema 30 14 0 250 6-6 Michigan Tech,West. Michigan 3/29/1942 5 4
49 Ed Marinaro 22 FB 10 6 212 6-2 Cornell 3/31/1950 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 50th pick / 1972
70 Jim Marshall 35 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 12 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
55 Amos Martin 23 5 0 228 6-3 Louisville 1/30/1949 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 154th pick / 1972
41 Dave Osborn 29 14 5 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 7 4 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
88 Alan Page* 27 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 5 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
32 Oscar Reed 28 RB 14 14 222 6-0 Colorado St. 3/24/1944 4 8 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
45 Ed Sharockman 33 7 1 200 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/4/1939 11 2 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 57th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 22nd / 174th pick / 1961
50 Jeff Siemon 22 MLB 13 8 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 Rook 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
64 Milt Sunde 30 RG 14 14 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 8 6 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
69 Doug Sutherland 24 14 0 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
10 Fran Tarkenton 32 QB 14 14 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 11 12 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 32 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 10 6
83 Stu Voigt 24 14 0 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 2 1 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
72 John Ward 24 14 0 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 5/27/1948 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1970
59 Lonnie Warwick 30 6 6 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 7 3
84 Gene Washington 28 WR 12 11 208 6-3 Michigan St. 1/25/1944 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
40 Charlie West 26 LCB 14 13 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 4 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
62 Ed White 25 LG 14 14 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
60 Roy Winston 32 LLB 13 13 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 10 8 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
23 Jeff Wright 23 13 8 190 5-11 Minnesota 6/13/1949 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 25 14 0 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 3 3
73 Ron Yary*+ 26 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 4 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
51 Godfrey Zaunbrecher 26 7 0 240 6-2 LSU 12/17/1946 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 286th pick / 1970
Team Total 28.1 14 221.1 6-1.8 5.5