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1983 Minnesota Vikings

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8-8-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.1, Offense: -2.9, Defense: -0.1, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 316 points (19.8/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 348 points (21.8/g), 17th.
 Differential of -32 points (-2.0/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-8.9.

Coach: Bud Grant (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 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 Steve Dils 28 4 12 239 for 444, 2,840 yards, 11 td, 16 int, & 16 rushes for 28 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 97th pick / 1979
RB Darrin Nelson 24 1 9 154 rushes for 642 yards, 1 td, & 51 catches for 618 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1982
FB Ted Brown 26 4 8 120 rushes for 476 yards, 10 td, & 41 catches for 357 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
WR Terry LeCount 27 5 10 21 catches for 318 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 42 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 91st pick / 1978
WR Sammy White 29 7 10 29 catches for 412 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
TE Bob Bruer 30 4 10 31 catches for 315 yards, 2 td Houston Oilers / 9th / 221st pick / 1975
LT Steve Riley 31 9 15 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
LG Jim Hough 27 5 16 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
C Dennis Swilley 28 6 16 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
RG Wes Hamilton 30 7 15 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
RT Tim Irwin 25 2 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 74th pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Doug Martin 26 3 16 13.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 9th pick / 1980
NT Charlie Johnson 31 6 16 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 175th pick / 1977
RDE Neil Elshire 25 2 10 9.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
LOLB Matt Blair 33 9 16 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
LILB Scott Studwell 29 6 16 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
RILB Dennis Johnson 25 3 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 92nd pick / 1980
ROLB Fred McNeill 31 9 15 0.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
LCB John Swain 24 2 7 0.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 101st pick / 1981
RCB Willie Teal 26 3 16 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1980
SS Tom Hannon 28 6 16 0.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
FS John Turner 27 5 15 1.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
 Special Teams Starters
K Benny Ricardo 29 7 0 25 of 33 field goals & 33 of 34 extra points
P Greg Coleman 29 6 0 91 punts for a 41.5 average, 0 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
PR Rufus Bess 27 4 6 21 punt returns for a 7.5 average and 0 td
KR Jarvis Redwine 26 2 1 38 kick returns for a 22.1 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1981

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
58 Walker Lee Ashley 23 15 0 234 6-0 Penn St. 7/28/1960 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1983
33 Rick Bell 23 14 0 205 6-0 St. John's (MN) 10/18/1960 Rook 0
21 Rufus Bess 27 lcb 14 6 184 5-9 South Carolina St. 9/13/1956 4 4
59 Matt Blair 33 LOLB 16 16 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 9 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
62 Brent Boyd 26 g 16 1 268 6-3 UCLA 3/23/1957 3 2 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1980
86 Norris Brown 22 2 0 220 6-3 Georgia 7/10/1961 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 213th pick / 1983
23 Ted Brown 26 FB 10 8 206 5-10 North Carolina St. 2/15/1957 4 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
47 Joey Browner 23 db 16 1 221 6-2 USC 5/15/1960 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1983
82 Bob Bruer 30 TE 16 10 235 6-5 Mankato St. 5/22/1953 4 3 Houston Oilers / 9th / 221st pick / 1975
44 Dave Casper 32 TE 10 9 240 6-4 Notre Dame 9/26/1951 9 1 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 45th pick / 1974
8 Greg Coleman 29 P 16 0 185 6-0 Florida A&M 9/9/1954 6 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
12 Steve Dils 28 QB 16 12 190 6-1 Stanford 12/8/1955 4 8 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 97th pick / 1979
73 Neil Elshire 25 RDE 16 10 260 6-6 Oregon 3/8/1958 2 7
50 Dennis Fowlkes 22 11 0 238 6-2 West Virginia 3/11/1961 Rook 1
32 Tony Galbreath 29 fb 13 7 228 6-0 Missouri 1/29/1954 7 6 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1976
61 Wes Hamilton 30 RG 15 15 261 6-3 Tulsa 4/24/1953 7 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
45 Tom Hannon 28 SS 16 16 193 5-11 Michigan St. 3/5/1955 6 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
75 Randy Holloway 28 de 16 2 250 6-5 Pittsburgh 8/26/1955 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1978
51 Jim Hough 27 LG 16 16 267 6-2 Utah St. 8/4/1956 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
56 Dave Huffman 26 15 0 280 6-6 Notre Dame 4/4/1957 4 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1979
76 Tim Irwin 25 RT 16 16 300 6-7 Tennessee 12/13/1958 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 74th pick / 1981
65 Charlie Johnson 31 NT 16 16 266 6-3 Colorado 2/17/1952 6 8 Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 175th pick / 1977
52 Dennis Johnson 25 RILB 16 16 234 6-3 USC 6/19/1958 3 7 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 92nd pick / 1980
53 Henry Johnson 25 5 0 235 6-1 Georgia Tech 3/20/1958 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 174th pick / 1980
89 Mike Jones 23 16 0 181 5-11 Tennessee St. 4/14/1960 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 159th pick / 1983
83 Steve Jordan 22 te 13 2 236 6-3 Brown 1/10/1961 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 179th pick / 1982
9 Tommy Kramer 28 qb 3 3 200 6-2 Rice 3/7/1955 6 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
80 Terry LeCount 27 WR 11 10 178 5-10 Florida 7/9/1956 5 3 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 91st pick / 1978
39 Carl Lee 22 db 16 3 185 5-11 Marshall 2/6/1961 Rook 2 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 186th pick / 1983
87 Leo Lewis 27 wr 14 4 170 5-8 Missouri 9/17/1956 2 1
4 Archie Manning 34 2 0 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 12 0 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
79 Doug Martin 26 LDE 16 16 260 6-3 Washington 5/22/1957 3 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 9th pick / 1980
84 Sam McCullum 31 wr 11 5 203 6-2 Montana St. 11/30/1952 9 3 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1974
88 Mardye McDole 24 wr 15 1 198 5-11 Mississippi St. 5/1/1959 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1981
54 Fred McNeill 31 ROLB 16 15 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 9 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
86 Mike Mularkey 22 te 3 0 245 6-4 Florida 11/19/1961 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 229th pick / 1983
77 Mark Mullaney 30 de 7 4 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 8 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
20 Darrin Nelson 24 RB 15 9 184 5-9 Stanford 1/2/1959 1 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1982
49 Keith Nord 26 3 0 197 6-0 St. Cloud St. 3/13/1957 4 1
22 Jarvis Redwine 26 KR 16 1 203 5-10 Oregon St.,Nebraska 5/16/1957 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1981
1 Benny Ricardo 29 K 16 0 175 5-10 San Diego St. 1/4/1954 7 3
78 Steve Riley 31 LT 16 15 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 9 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
68 Curtis Rouse 23 g 16 1 316 6-3 Tenn-Chattanooga 7/13/1960 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 286th pick / 1982
57 Robin Sendlein 25 lb 16 1 225 6-3 Texas 12/1/1958 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 45th pick / 1981
55 Scott Studwell 29 LILB 16 16 228 6-2 Illinois 8/27/1954 6 8 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
29 John Swain 24 LCB 14 7 195 6-1 Miami (FL) 9/4/1959 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 101st pick / 1981
67 Dennis Swilley 28 C 16 16 253 6-3 Texas A&M,North Texas 6/28/1955 6 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
66 Terry Tausch 24 10 0 275 6-5 Texas 2/5/1959 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1982
37 Willie Teal 26 RCB 16 16 195 5-10 LSU 12/20/1957 3 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 30th pick / 1980
27 John Turner 27 FS 16 15 197 6-0 Miami (FL) 2/22/1956 5 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
72 James White 30 16 0 265 6-3 Oklahoma St. 10/26/1953 7 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
85 Sammy White 29 WR 11 10 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 7 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
11 Wade Wilson 24 qb 1 1 210 6-3 Texas A&M-Commerce 2/1/1959 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 210th pick / 1981
91 Ray Yakavonis 26 2 0 250 6-4 East Stroudsburg 1/20/1957 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 148th pick / 1980
34 Rickey Young 30 rb 16 4 196 6-2 Jackson St. 12/7/1953 8 2 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.7 16 225.1 6-1.7 4.1