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1981 Minnesota Vikings

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7-9-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: 0.0, Defense: -2.1, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 325 points (20.3/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 369 points (23.1/g), 21st.
 Differential of -44 points (-2.8/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 6.8-9.2.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway

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 Tommy Kramer 26 4 14 322 for 593, 3,912 yards, 26 td, 24 int, & 10 rushes for 13 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
RB Rickey Young 28 6 13 47 rushes for 129 yards, 0 td, & 43 catches for 296 yards and 2 td San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
FB Ted Brown 24 2 16 274 rushes for 1,063 yards, 6 td, & 83 catches for 694 yards and 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
WR Ahmad Rashad* 32 9 15 58 catches for 884 yards, 7 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
WR Sammy White 27 5 16 66 catches for 1,001 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for -1 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
TE Joe Senser* 25 1 16 79 catches for 1,004 yards, 8 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 152nd pick / 1979
LT Steve Riley 29 7 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
LG Jim Hough 25 3 13 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
C Dennis Swilley 26 4 15 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
RG Wes Hamilton 28 5 16 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
RT Ron Yary 35 13 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mark Mullaney 28 6 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
NT James White 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
RDE Doug Martin 24 1 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 9th pick / 1980
LOLB Matt Blair* 31 7 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
LILB Jeff Siemon 31 9 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RILB Scott Studwell 27 4 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
ROLB Fred McNeill 29 7 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
LCB John Turner 25 3 10 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
RCB Willie Teal 24 1 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1980
SS Tom Hannon 26 4 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
FS Kurt Knoff 27 4 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K Rick Danmeier 29 4 0 21 of 25 field goals & 34 of 37 extra points
P Greg Coleman 27 4 0 88 punts for a 41.4 average, 0 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
PR Eddie Payton 30 4 0 38 punt returns for a 8.0 average and 0 td
KR Eddie Payton 30 4 0 39 kick returns for a 23.0 average and 1 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
59 Matt Blair* 31 LOLB 16 16 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 7 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
62 Brent Boyd 24 g 3 3 268 6-3 UCLA 3/23/1957 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1980
23 Ted Brown 24 FB 16 16 206 5-10 North Carolina St. 2/15/1957 2 11 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
82 Bob Bruer 28 15 0 235 6-5 Mankato St. 5/22/1953 2 0 Houston Oilers / 9th / 221st pick / 1975
8 Greg Coleman 27 P 15 0 185 6-0 Florida A&M 9/9/1954 4 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
7 Rick Danmeier 29 K 16 0 194 6-0 Sioux Falls 4/8/1952 4 5
12 Steve Dils 26 qb 2 2 190 6-1 Stanford 12/8/1955 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 97th pick / 1979
65 Neil Elshire 23 4 0 260 6-6 Oregon 3/8/1958 Rook 0
32 Tony Galbreath 27 rb 14 1 228 6-0 Missouri 1/29/1954 5 2 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1976
61 Wes Hamilton 28 RG 16 16 261 6-3 Tulsa 4/24/1953 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
45 Tom Hannon 26 SS 16 16 193 5-11 Michigan St. 3/5/1955 4 8 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
36 Sam Harrell 24 4 0 217 6-2 East Carolina 2/7/1957 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 288th pick / 1980
75 Randy Holloway 26 RDE 16 8 250 6-5 Pittsburgh 8/26/1955 3 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1978
51 Jim Hough 25 LG 16 13 267 6-2 Utah St. 8/4/1956 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
56 Dave Huffman 24 13 0 280 6-6 Notre Dame 4/4/1957 2 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1979
76 Tim Irwin 23 7 0 300 6-7 Tennessee 12/13/1958 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 74th pick / 1981
52 Dennis Johnson 23 lb 16 1 234 6-3 USC 6/19/1958 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 92nd pick / 1980
53 Henry Johnson 23 16 0 235 6-1 Georgia Tech 3/20/1958 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 174th pick / 1980
25 Kurt Knoff 27 FS 16 16 191 6-2 Kansas 4/6/1954 4 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1976
9 Tommy Kramer 26 QB 14 14 200 6-2 Rice 3/7/1955 4 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
58 Jim Langer 33 c 9 1 250 6-2 South Dakota St. 5/16/1948 11 1
80 Terry LeCount 25 wr 16 2 178 5-10 Florida 7/9/1956 3 3 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 91st pick / 1978
87 Leo Lewis 25 wr 4 1 170 5-8 Missouri 9/17/1956 Rook 1
79 Doug Martin 24 RDE 16 9 260 6-3 Washington 5/22/1957 1 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 9th pick / 1980
88 Mardye McDole 22 9 0 198 5-11 Mississippi St. 5/1/1959 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1981
54 Fred McNeill 29 ROLB 16 16 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 7 8 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
77 Mark Mullaney 28 LDE 15 15 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 6 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
49 Keith Nord 24 16 0 197 6-0 St. Cloud St. 3/13/1957 2 1
31 Eddie Payton 30 KR 16 0 175 5-8 Jackson St. 8/3/1951 4 1
28 Ahmad Rashad* 32 WR 16 15 205 6-2 Oregon 11/19/1949 9 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
22 Jarvis Redwine 24 3 0 203 5-10 Oregon St.,Nebraska 5/16/1957 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1981
78 Steve Riley 29 LT 16 16 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 7 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
89 Ken Sanders 31 9 0 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 9 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
57 Robin Sendlein 23 16 0 225 6-3 Texas 12/1/1958 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 45th pick / 1981
81 Joe Senser* 25 TE 16 16 235 6-4 West Chester 8/18/1956 1 7 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 152nd pick / 1979
50 Jeff Siemon 31 LILB 16 15 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 9 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
55 Scott Studwell 27 RILB 16 16 228 6-2 Illinois 8/27/1954 4 8 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
29 John Swain 22 db 12 1 195 6-1 Miami (FL) 9/4/1959 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 101st pick / 1981
67 Dennis Swilley 26 C 16 15 253 6-3 Texas A&M,North Texas 6/28/1955 4 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
37 Willie Teal 24 RCB 16 16 195 5-10 LSU 12/20/1957 1 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1980
27 John Turner 25 LCB 13 10 197 6-0 Miami (FL) 2/22/1956 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
72 James White 28 NT 16 16 265 6-3 Oklahoma St. 10/26/1953 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
85 Sammy White 27 WR 16 16 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
44 Walt Williams 27 lcb 16 5 185 6-1 Ashland,New Mexico St. 7/10/1954 4 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
11 Wade Wilson 22 3 0 210 6-3 Texas A&M-Commerce 2/1/1959 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 210th pick / 1981
91 Ray Yakavonis 24 15 0 250 6-4 East Stroudsburg 1/20/1957 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 148th pick / 1980
73 Ron Yary 35 RT 16 16 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 13 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
34 Rickey Young 28 RB 16 13 196 6-2 Jackson St. 12/7/1953 6 3 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.3 16 223.9 6-1.9 3.5