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1973 Minnesota Vikings

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.6, Offense: 1.7, Defense: 6.9, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 296 points (21.1/g), 9th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 168 points (12.0/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 128 points (9.1/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 11.1-2.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (12-2-0)
 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 Fran Tarkenton 33 12 14 169 for 274, 2,113 yards, 15 td, 7 int, & 41 rushes for 202 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
RB Oscar Reed 29 5 8 100 rushes for 401 yards, 3 td, & 19 catches for 122 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
FB Chuck Foreman* 23 Rook 10 182 rushes for 801 yards, 4 td, & 37 catches for 362 yards and 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
WR Carroll Dale 35 13 12 14 catches for 192 yards, 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 86th pick / 1960
WR John Gilliam* 28 6 14 42 catches for 907 yards, 8 td, & 5 rushes for 71 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
TE Stu Voigt 25 3 13 23 catches for 318 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
LT Grady Alderman 35 13 14 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
LG Ed White 26 4 14 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
C Mick Tingelhoff 33 11 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Milt Sunde 31 9 7 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
RT Ron Yary*+ 27 5 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller*+ 31 9 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Gary Larsen 33 9 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
RDT Alan Page*+ 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 36 13 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Roy Winston 33 11 13 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
MLB Jeff Siemon* 23 1 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 31 9 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Nate Wright 26 4 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Bobby Bryant 29 5 14 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
SS Jeff Wright 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
FS Paul Krause* 31 9 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 35 10 0 21 of 35 field goals & 33 of 33 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Mike Eischeid 33 7 0 66 punts for a 39.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Bobby Bryant 29 5 14 25 punt returns for a 5.6 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
KR Brent McClanahan 22 Rook 0 16 kick returns for a 25.6 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973

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 35 LT 14 14 247 6-2 Detroit Mercy 12/10/1938 13 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 111th pick / 1960
85 Gary Ballman 33 5 0 215 6-1 Michigan St. 7/6/1940 11 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 104th pick / 1962
Denver Broncos / 16th / 122nd pick / 1962
87 John Beasley 28 5 1 228 6-3 California 4/6/1945 6 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
17 Bob Berry 31 6 0 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 8 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
30 Bill Brown 35 14 2 228 5-11 Illinois 6/29/1938 12 2 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 20th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 6th / 45th pick / 1961
24 Terry Brown 26 14 0 205 6-0 Oklahoma St. 1/9/1947 4 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1969
20 Bobby Bryant 29 PR 14 14 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 5 9 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
14 Fred Cox 35 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 10 2 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
84 Carroll Dale 35 WR 13 12 200 6-2 Virginia Tech 4/24/1938 13 3 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 86th pick / 1960
86 Rhett Dawson 25 2 0 185 6-1 Florida St. 12/22/1948 1 0 Houston Oilers / 10th / 240th pick / 1972
11 Mike Eischeid 33 P 14 0 190 6-0 Upper Iowa 9/29/1940 7 2
81 Carl Eller*+ 31 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 9 15 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
44 Chuck Foreman* 23 FB 12 10 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/26/1950 Rook 13 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
66 Frank Gallagher 30 4 0 245 6-2 North Carolina 3/2/1943 6 2
42 John Gilliam* 28 WR 14 14 195 6-1 South Carolina St. 8/7/1945 6 14 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1967
68 Charles Goodrum 23 10 0 256 6-3 Florida A&M 1/11/1950 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
58 Wally Hilgenberg 31 RLB 13 12 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 9 9 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
89 Doug Kingsriter 23 11 0 222 6-2 Minnesota 1/29/1950 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 139th pick / 1973
22 Paul Krause* 31 FS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 9 10 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
77 Gary Larsen 33 LDT 14 12 261 6-5 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 3/13/1940 9 9 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 133rd pick / 1964
82 Jim Lash 22 9 2 200 6-1 Northwestern 11/12/1951 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 65th pick / 1973
65 Steve Lawson 24 2 0 265 6-3 Kansas 1/4/1949 2 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 41st pick / 1971
75 Bob Lurtsema 31 14 2 250 6-6 Michigan Tech,West. Michigan 3/29/1942 6 5
49 Ed Marinaro 23 13 7 212 6-2 Cornell 3/31/1950 1 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 50th pick / 1972
70 Jim Marshall 36 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 13 9 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
55 Amos Martin 24 14 3 228 6-3 Louisville 1/30/1949 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 154th pick / 1972
33 Brent McClanahan 22 KR 13 0 202 5-10 Arizona St. 9/21/1951 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
41 Dave Osborn 30 11 1 208 6-0 North Dakota 3/18/1943 8 2 Minnesota Vikings / 13th / 176th pick / 1965
88 Alan Page*+ 28 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 6 15 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
52 Ron Porter 28 13 0 232 6-3 Idaho 7/27/1945 6 5 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 126th pick / 1967
34 Al Randolph 29 11 0 205 6-2 Iowa 7/8/1944 7 3 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 37th pick / 1966
32 Oscar Reed 29 RB 12 8 222 6-0 Colorado St. 3/24/1944 5 6 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1968
50 Jeff Siemon* 23 MLB 14 14 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 1 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
64 Milt Sunde 31 RG 14 7 250 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1942 9 4 Minnesota Vikings / 20th / 271st pick / 1964
69 Doug Sutherland 25 9 0 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 3 4 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
10 Fran Tarkenton 33 QB 14 14 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 12 14 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 33 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 11 6
83 Stu Voigt 25 TE 13 13 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 3 5 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
72 John Ward 25 8 7 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 5/27/1948 3 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1970
40 Charlie West 27 5 0 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
62 Ed White 26 LG 14 14 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 4 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
60 Roy Winston 33 LLB 13 13 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 11 8 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
23 Jeff Wright 24 SS 14 14 190 5-11 Minnesota 6/13/1949 2 8 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 26 LCB 14 14 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 4 8
73 Ron Yary*+ 27 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 5 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
51 Godfrey Zaunbrecher 27 5 0 240 6-2 LSU 12/17/1946 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 286th pick / 1970
Team Total 28.5 14 222.4 6-1.7 5.8