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1976 Minnesota Vikings

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11-2-1, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 9.3, Offense: 3.7, Defense: 5.7, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 305 points (21.8/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 176 points (12.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 129 points (9.2/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 11.0-3.0.

Coach: Bud Grant (11-2-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan
 Other Notable Asst.: Buddy Ryan (Defensive Line)

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* 36 15 13 255 for 412, 2,961 yards, 17 td, 8 int, & 27 rushes for 45 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
RB Chuck Foreman* 26 3 14 278 rushes for 1,155 yards, 13 td, & 55 catches for 567 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
FB Brent McClanahan 25 3 13 130 rushes for 382 yards, 4 td, & 40 catches for 252 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
WR Ahmad Rashad 27 4 11 53 catches for 671 yards, 3 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
WR Sammy White* 22 Rook 14 51 catches for 906 yards, 10 td, & 5 rushes for -10 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
TE Stu Voigt 28 6 14 28 catches for 303 yards, 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
LT Steve Riley 24 2 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
LG Charles Goodrum 26 3 14 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
C Mick Tingelhoff 36 14 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Ed White* 29 7 13 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
RT Ron Yary*+ 30 8 14 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller 34 12 13 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Doug Sutherland 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
RDT Alan Page* 31 9 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 39 16 14 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Matt Blair 26 2 13 2 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
MLB Jeff Siemon* 26 4 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 34 12 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Nate Wright 29 7 13 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Nate Allen 28 5 11 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
SS Jeff Wright 27 5 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
FS Paul Krause 34 12 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 38 13 0 19 of 31 field goals & 32 of 36 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Neil Clabo 24 1 0 69 punts for a 38.8 average, 0 blocked Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 258th pick / 1975
PR Leonard Willis 23 Rook 0 30 punt returns for a 6.9 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 118th pick / 1976
KR Leonard Willis 23 Rook 0 24 kick returns for a 23.0 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 118th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
25 Nate Allen 28 RCB 12 11 170 5-10 Texas Southern 5/13/1948 5 7 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
56 Scott Anderson 25 2 0 242 6-4 Missouri 2/13/1951 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 77th pick / 1974
27 Autry Beamon 23 14 0 190 6-1 Texas A&M-Commerce 11/12/1953 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 311th pick / 1975
59 Matt Blair 26 LLB 14 13 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 2 10 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
20 Bobby Bryant* 32 db 12 3 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 8 5 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
74 Bart Buetow 26 2 0 250 6-5 Minnesota 10/28/1950 3 3 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 59th pick / 1972
12 Neil Clabo 24 P 13 0 200 6-2 Tennessee 11/18/1952 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 258th pick / 1975
14 Fred Cox 38 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 13 3 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
84 Steve Craig 25 14 0 231 6-3 Northwestern 3/13/1951 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 64th pick / 1974
57 Doug Dumler 26 14 0 243 6-3 Nebraska 12/15/1950 3 4 New England Patriots / 5th / 108th pick / 1973
81 Carl Eller 34 LDE 13 13 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 12 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
44 Chuck Foreman* 26 RB 14 14 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/26/1950 3 17 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
68 Charles Goodrum 26 LG 14 14 256 6-3 Florida A&M 1/11/1950 3 7 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
26 Bob Grim 31 8 0 200 6-0 Oregon St. 5/8/1945 9 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
47 Ron Groce 22 4 0 211 6-2 Macalester 7/1/1954 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 428th pick / 1976
40 Windlan Hall 26 db 14 1 178 5-11 Arizona St. 3/11/1950 4 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 96th pick / 1972
61 Wes Hamilton 23 g 13 1 261 6-3 Tulsa 4/24/1953 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
58 Wally Hilgenberg 34 RLB 14 14 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 12 8 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
48 Sammy Johnson 24 8 0 223 6-0 North Carolina 9/22/1952 2 1 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 90th pick / 1974
39 Mark Kellar 24 3 0 225 6-0 Northern Illinois 7/17/1952 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 155th pick / 1974
22 Paul Krause 34 FS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 12 8 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
82 Jim Lash 25 5 3 200 6-1 Northwestern 11/12/1951 3 1 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 65th pick / 1973
19 Bob Lee 30 qb 4 1 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 7 1 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
75 Bob Lurtsema 34 1 0 250 6-6 Michigan Tech,West. Michigan 3/29/1942 9 3
70 Jim Marshall 39 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 16 8 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
55 Amos Martin 27 14 0 228 6-3 Louisville 1/30/1949 4 4 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 154th pick / 1972
33 Brent McClanahan 25 FB 13 13 202 5-10 Arizona St. 9/21/1951 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
54 Fred McNeill 24 lb 13 1 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
35 Robert Miller 23 14 1 204 5-11 Kansas 1/9/1953 1 5 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 129th pick / 1975
77 Mark Mullaney 23 de 12 1 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
88 Alan Page* 31 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 9 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
28 Ahmad Rashad 27 WR 13 11 205 6-2 Oregon 11/19/1949 4 8 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
78 Steve Riley 24 LT 14 14 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
50 Jeff Siemon* 26 MLB 14 14 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 4 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
31 Willie Spencer 23 3 0 235 6-3 none 1/28/1953 Rook 0
69 Doug Sutherland 28 LDT 14 14 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 6 8 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
10 Fran Tarkenton* 36 QB 13 13 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 15 14 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 36 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 14 7
83 Stu Voigt 28 TE 14 14 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 6 4 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
62 Ed White* 29 RG 13 13 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 7 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
72 James White 23 14 0 265 6-3 Oklahoma St. 10/26/1953 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
85 Sammy White* 22 WR 14 14 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 Rook 11 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
80 Leonard Willis 23 KR 14 0 183 5-11 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 118th pick / 1976
60 Roy Winston 36 7 0 222 5-11 LSU 9/15/1940 14 3 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1962
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 45th pick / 1962
23 Jeff Wright 27 SS 14 14 190 5-11 Minnesota 6/13/1949 5 8 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 29 LCB 14 13 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 7 9
73 Ron Yary*+ 30 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 8 13 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
Team Total 27.8 14 221.2 6-1.9 5.2