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1977 Minnesota Vikings

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9-5-0, NFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.6, Offense: -1.0, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 231 points (16.5/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 227 points (16.2/g), 13th.
 Differential of 4 points (0.3/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-6.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (9-5-0)
 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 37 16 9 155 for 258, 1,734 yards, 9 td, 14 int, & 15 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
RB Chuck Foreman* 27 4 14 270 rushes for 1,112 yards, 6 td, & 38 catches for 308 yards and 3 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
FB Brent McClanahan 26 4 14 95 rushes for 324 yards, 1 td, & 34 catches for 276 yards and 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
WR Ahmad Rashad 28 5 14 51 catches for 681 yards, 2 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
WR Sammy White* 23 1 14 41 catches for 760 yards, 9 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
TE Stu Voigt 29 7 14 20 catches for 212 yards, 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
LT Steve Riley 25 3 14 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
LG Charles Goodrum 27 4 14 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
C Mick Tingelhoff 37 15 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Ed White* 30 8 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
RT Ron Yary* 31 9 14 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Carl Eller 35 13 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
LDT Doug Sutherland 29 7 14 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
RDT Alan Page 32 10 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
RDE Jim Marshall 40 17 14 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Matt Blair* 27 3 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
MLB Jeff Siemon* 27 5 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Fred McNeill 25 3 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
LCB Nate Wright 30 8 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RCB Bobby Bryant 33 9 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
SS Jeff Wright 28 6 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
FS Paul Krause 35 13 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cox 39 14 0 8 of 17 field goals & 25 of 29 extra points Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
P Neil Clabo 25 2 0 83 punts for a 39.8 average, 0 blocked Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 258th pick / 1975
PR Manfred Moore 27 3 0 47 punt returns for a 5.9 average and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 216th pick / 1974
KR Manfred Moore 27 3 0 24 kick returns for a 21.8 average and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 216th pick / 1974

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
25 Nate Allen 29 14 0 170 5-10 Texas Southern 5/13/1948 6 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
21 Joe Blahak 27 12 0 187 5-9 Nebraska 8/29/1950 4 3 Houston Oilers / 8th / 183rd pick / 1973
59 Matt Blair* 27 LLB 14 13 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 3 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
20 Bobby Bryant 33 RCB 14 14 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 9 6 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
12 Neil Clabo 25 P 14 0 200 6-2 Tennessee 11/18/1952 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 258th pick / 1975
14 Fred Cox 39 K 14 0 200 5-11 Pittsburgh 12/11/1938 14 1 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 28th / 221st pick / 1961
84 Steve Craig 26 14 0 231 6-3 Northwestern 3/13/1951 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 64th pick / 1974
7 Rick Danmeier 25 1 0 194 6-0 Sioux Falls 4/8/1952 Rook 0
57 Doug Dumler 27 14 0 243 6-3 Nebraska 12/15/1950 4 3 New England Patriots / 5th / 108th pick / 1973
81 Carl Eller 35 LDE 14 14 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 13 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
44 Chuck Foreman* 27 RB 14 14 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/26/1950 4 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
68 Charles Goodrum 27 LG 14 14 256 6-3 Florida A&M 1/11/1950 4 6 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
26 Bob Grim 32 14 0 200 6-0 Oregon St. 5/8/1945 10 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 28th pick / 1967
40 Windlan Hall 27 5 0 178 5-11 Arizona St. 3/11/1950 5 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 96th pick / 1972
61 Wes Hamilton 24 rg 14 6 261 6-3 Tulsa 4/24/1953 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
45 Tom Hannon 22 12 0 193 5-11 Michigan St. 3/5/1955 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
58 Wally Hilgenberg 35 11 0 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 13 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
76 Joey Jackson 28 3 0 270 6-4 New Mexico St. 5/7/1949 5 3 New York Jets / 6th / 139th pick / 1972
48 Sammy Johnson 25 14 0 223 6-0 North Carolina 9/22/1952 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 90th pick / 1974
39 Mark Kellar 25 14 0 225 6-0 Northern Illinois 7/17/1952 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 155th pick / 1974
9 Tommy Kramer 22 qb 6 1 200 6-2 Rice 3/7/1955 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
22 Paul Krause 35 FS 14 14 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 13 5 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
19 Bob Lee 31 qb 5 4 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 8 2 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
70 Jim Marshall 40 RDE 14 14 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 17 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
33 Brent McClanahan 26 FB 14 14 202 5-10 Arizona St. 9/21/1951 4 5 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
54 Fred McNeill 25 RLB 14 14 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 3 8 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
35 Robert Miller 24 14 0 204 5-11 Kansas 1/9/1953 2 4 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 129th pick / 1975
36 Manfred Moore 27 KR 12 0 197 6-1 USC 12/22/1950 3 0 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 216th pick / 1974
77 Mark Mullaney 24 14 0 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 2 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
88 Alan Page 32 RDT 14 14 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 10 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
28 Ahmad Rashad 28 WR 14 14 205 6-2 Oregon 11/19/1949 5 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
78 Steve Riley 25 LT 14 14 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
50 Jeff Siemon* 27 MLB 14 13 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 5 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
55 Scott Studwell 23 lb 14 2 228 6-2 Illinois 8/27/1954 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
69 Doug Sutherland 29 LDT 14 14 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 7 7 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
67 Dennis Swilley 22 14 0 253 6-3 Texas A&M,North Texas 6/28/1955 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
10 Fran Tarkenton 37 QB 9 9 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 16 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 37 C 14 14 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 15 6
38 Bob Tucker 32 8 0 230 6-3 Bloomsburg 6/8/1945 7 1
83 Stu Voigt 29 TE 14 14 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 7 2 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
62 Ed White* 30 RG 13 8 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 8 5 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
72 James White 24 14 0 265 6-3 Oklahoma St. 10/26/1953 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
85 Sammy White* 23 WR 14 14 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 1 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
29 Phil Wise 28 13 0 190 6-0 South Dakota,Nebraska-Omaha 4/25/1949 6 3 New York Jets / 6th / 136th pick / 1971
23 Jeff Wright 28 SS 14 14 190 5-11 Minnesota 6/13/1949 6 6 Minnesota Vikings / 15th / 388th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 30 LCB 14 14 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 8 6
73 Ron Yary* 31 RT 14 14 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 9 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
Team Total 28.4 14 219.8 6-1.6 5.7