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2010 VIKINGS SCHEDULE PRESEASON Date Opponent Time (CT) TV 8/14 (Sat.) at St. Louis W 28-7 1-0 8/22 (Sun.) at San Francisco 7:20 p.m. NBC 8/28 (Sat.) SEATTLE 7:00 p.m. KARE 9/2 (Thurs.) DENVER 7:00 p.m. KARE REGULAR SEASON Date Opponent Time (CT) TV 9/9 (Thurs.) at New Orleans 7:30 p.m. NBC 9/19 (Sun.) MIAMI Noon CBS 9/26 (Sun.) DETROIT Noon FOX 10/3 (Sun.) Bye 10/11 (Mon.) at New York Jets 7:30 p.m. ESPN 10/17 (Sun.) DALLAS 3:15 p.m. FOX 10/24 (Sun.) at Green Bay 7:20 p.m. NBC 10/31 (Sun.) at New England 3:15 p.m. FOX 11/7 (Sun.) ARIZONA Noon FOX 11/14 (Sun.) at Chicago Noon FOX 11/21 (Sun.) GREEN BAY Noon* FOX 11/28 (Sun.) at Washington Noon* FOX 12/5 (Sun.) BUFFALO Noon* FOX 12/12 (Sun.) NEW YORK GIANTS Noon* FOX 12/20 (Mon.) CHICAGO 7:30 p.m.* ESPN 12/26 (Sun.) at Philadelphia Noon* FOX 1/2 (Sun.) at Detroit Noon* FOX *Game time subject to change/flexible scheduling All preseason and regular season games will be radio broadcast on KFAN/KTLK (AM 1130). WEEKLY MEDIA SCHEDULE Tuesday, August 17 11:40 a.m. - Practice (filming at beginning) Post Practice - Bevell/Murphy and players available Wednesday, August 18 11:40 a.m. - Practice (filming at beginning) Post Practice - Childress and players available Thursday, August 19 11:40 a.m. - Practice (filming at beginning) Post Practice - Frazier and players available Friday, August 20 11:40 a.m. - Practice (filming at beginning) Post Practice - Childress and players available Saturday, August 21 No Access - Team travels to San Francisco Sunday, August 22 7:20 p.m. (CT) - Vikings at San Francisco 49ers Monday, August 23 Players day off The 2009 NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings (1-0 in 2010 preseason) will stay on the road for the second straight week, this time taking on the San Francisco 49ers (1-0) this Sunday, August 22. Kickoff at Candlestick Park is set for 7:20 p.m. (CT). The Vikings have faced the 49ers just five times in preseason play and hold a 3-2 edge in the series. Minnesota has an all-time record of 21-22-1 against San Francisco in regular and postseason play, including a 13-9 mark at home and an 8-13-1 record on the road against the 49ers. Next Sunday, the Vikings will return to Mall of America Field to play the Seattle Seahawks, while the 49ers will head to Oakland to face the Raiders. With all 22 starters, several key reserves and the coaching staff returning from a 2009 team that went 12-4, secured a 2nd consecutive NFC North championship and appeared in the NFC Championship Game, the Vikings 2010 season is full of promise. But regardless of the on-field results, 2010 will be a special year because the Vikings franchise is celebrating its 50th season. The franchise was founded at the league owners’ meetings in Miami on January 28, 1960 and began play during the 1961 season. In total over the past 49 years, the Vikings have made 26 playoff appearances, won 18 division titles and have played in just 2 stadiums – Met Stadium and the HHH Metrodome, which is now named Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome. The 2010 season constitutes the Vikings 50th season, and the franchise will embark on a season-long celebration to honor past achievements, unforgettable teams, great players and a deep-rooted football tradition that is enjoyed by a passionate fan base PRESEASON WEEK TWO - MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2010 - CANDLESTICK PARK - 7:20 p.m. - NBC Celebrating 50 Seasons With 50 seasons of football nearly in the books, the Vikings will host a year-long celebration for the franchise and its great fans. Here are just a few of the celebration elements the 2010 Vi- kings will include in the team’s 50th season: * Commemorative 50th Season patch will be displayed on all Vikings game jerseys. * Fan voting on the 50 greatest Vikings of all- time * Stylish 50th Season merchandise sold in-sta- dium and at Vikings Locker Room stores. * Numerous in-stadium elements during Vi- kings home games * Alumni Weekend (December 17-19) * 50th Season gala on December 19 BROADCAST COVERAGE TELEVISION: KARE (Channel 11 in Minneapolis) Play-By-Play: Al Michaels Analyst: Cris Collinsworth Sideline Reporter: Andrea Kremer KFAN-AM 1130/KTLK 100.3-FM Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman Pre-Game Show: Joe Anderson – 5:00 p.m. CT KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 74-station, 6-state Minnesota Vikings Radio Network. * The Vikings have a combined record of 134-87-3 (.605) in their 224 preseason games. * The team has finished undefeated in the preseason 6 times (1964, ‘65, ‘73, ‘92, ‘98, ‘01). * The Vikings have finished with a .500 record or better 38 times in the team’s 49 preseasons. * In the 38 previous preseasons when the Vikings have finished at .500 or better, the team has gone on to finish at .500 or better 31 times in the ensuing regular season. * In the 11 preseasons when the Vikings have finished below .500, the team has gone on to finish below .500 six times in the ensuing regular season. * Head Coach Brad Childress currently has a 9-7-1 record in the preseason. 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PS2 - Vikings at 49ers.inddDate Opponent Time (CT) TV
8/14 (Sat.) at St. Louis W 28-7 1-0 8/22 (Sun.) at San Francisco 7:20 p.m. NBC 8/28 (Sat.) SEATTLE 7:00 p.m. KARE 9/2 (Thurs.) DENVER 7:00 p.m. KARE
REGULAR SEASON Date Opponent Time (CT) TV
9/9 (Thurs.) at New Orleans 7:30 p.m. NBC 9/19 (Sun.) MIAMI Noon CBS 9/26 (Sun.) DETROIT Noon FOX 10/3 (Sun.) Bye 10/11 (Mon.) at New York Jets 7:30 p.m. ESPN 10/17 (Sun.) DALLAS 3:15 p.m. FOX 10/24 (Sun.) at Green Bay 7:20 p.m. NBC 10/31 (Sun.) at New England 3:15 p.m. FOX 11/7 (Sun.) ARIZONA Noon FOX 11/14 (Sun.) at Chicago Noon FOX 11/21 (Sun.) GREEN BAY Noon* FOX 11/28 (Sun.) at Washington Noon* FOX 12/5 (Sun.) BUFFALO Noon* FOX 12/12 (Sun.) NEW YORK GIANTS Noon* FOX 12/20 (Mon.) CHICAGO 7:30 p.m.* ESPN 12/26 (Sun.) at Philadelphia Noon* FOX 1/2 (Sun.) at Detroit Noon* FOX *Game time subject to change/fl exible scheduling All preseason and regular season games will be radio broadcast on KFAN/KTLK (AM 1130).
WEEKLY MEDIA SCHEDULE Tuesday, August 17
11:40 a.m. - Practice (fi lming at beginning) Post Practice - Bevell/Murphy and players available Wednesday, August 18
11:40 a.m. - Practice (fi lming at beginning) Post Practice - Childress and players available Thursday, August 19
11:40 a.m. - Practice (fi lming at beginning) Post Practice - Frazier and players available Friday, August 20
11:40 a.m. - Practice (fi lming at beginning) Post Practice - Childress and players available Saturday, August 21
No Access - Team travels to San Francisco Sunday, August 22
7:20 p.m. (CT) - Vikings at San Francisco 49ers Monday, August 23
Players day off
The 2009 NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings (1-0 in 2010 preseason) will stay on the road for the second straight week, this time taking on the San Francisco 49ers (1-0) this Sunday, August 22. Kickoff at Candlestick Park is set for 7:20 p.m. (CT). The Vikings have faced the 49ers just fi ve times in preseason play and hold a 3-2 edge in the series. Minnesota has an all-time record of 21-22-1 against San Francisco in regular and postseason play, including a 13-9 mark at home and an 8-13-1 record on the road against the 49ers. Next Sunday, the Vikings will return to Mall of America Field to play the Seattle Seahawks, while the 49ers will head to Oakland to face the Raiders. With all 22 starters, several key reserves and the coaching staff returning from a 2009 team that went 12-4, secured a 2nd consecutive NFC North championship and appeared in the NFC Championship Game, the Vikings 2010 season is full of promise. But regardless of the on-fi eld results, 2010 will be a special year because the Vikings franchise is celebrating its 50th season. The franchise was founded at the league owners’ meetings in Miami on January 28, 1960 and began play during the 1961 season. In total over the past 49 years, the Vikings have made 26 playoff appearances, won 18 division titles and have played in just 2 stadiums – Met Stadium and the HHH Metrodome, which is now named Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome. The 2010 season constitutes the Vikings 50th season, and the franchise will embark on a season-long celebration to honor past achievements, unforgettable teams, great players and a deep-rooted football tradition that is enjoyed by a passionate fan base
PRESEASON WEEK TWO - MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2010 - CANDLESTICK PARK - 7:20 p.m. - NBC
Celebrating 50 Seasons
With 50 seasons of football nearly in the books, the Vikings will host a year-long celebration for the franchise and its great fans. Here are just a few of the celebration elements the 2010 Vi- kings will include in the team’s 50th season:
* Commemorative 50th Season patch will be displayed on all Vikings game jerseys.
* Fan voting on the 50 greatest Vikings of all- time
* Stylish 50th Season merchandise sold in-sta- dium and at Vikings Locker Room stores.
* Numerous in-stadium elements during Vi- kings home games
* Alumni Weekend (December 17-19) * 50th Season gala on December 19
BROADCAST COVERAGE TELEVISION: KARE (Channel 11 in Minneapolis)
Play-By-Play: Al Michaels Analyst: Cris Collinsworth Sideline Reporter: Andrea Kremer
KFAN-AM 1130/KTLK 100.3-FM
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman Pre-Game Show: Joe Anderson – 5:00 p.m. CT KFAN and KTLK serve as the fl agship stations for the 74-station, 6-state Minnesota Vikings Radio Network.
* The Vikings have a combined record of 134-87-3 (.605) in their 224 preseason games. * The team has fi nished undefeated in the preseason 6 times (1964, ‘65, ‘73, ‘92, ‘98, ‘01). * The Vikings have fi nished with a .500 record or better 38 times in the team’s 49
preseasons. * In the 38 previous preseasons when the Vikings have fi nished at .500 or better, the team
has gone on to fi nish at .500 or better 31 times in the ensuing regular season. * In the 11 preseasons when the Vikings have fi nished below .500, the team has gone on
to fi nish below .500 six times in the ensuing regular season. * Head Coach Brad Childress currently has a 9-7-1 record in the preseason.
VIKINGS IN THE PRESEASON
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VIKINGS PERFORMANCES VS. 49ERS
VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. 49ERS VIKINGS VS. 49ERS SERIES NOTES
Bernard Berrian ....................................................3 games, 10 catches, 65- yards, 1 TD, 49 long Brett Favre ...............................................................9 games, 188-of-310 passing, 2, 246 yards, 14 TDs, 10 INTs, long 80, 85.5 rating E.J. Henderson .......................................................4 games, 33 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 FRs Ryan Longwell .......................................................8 games, 14/18 FGs, 20/20 PATs, long 52, 1 GW FG Adrian Peterson ....................................................2 games, 33 carries, 88 yards, long 35 Kevin Williams .......................................................4 games, 14 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD Antoine Winfi eld ...................................................4 games, 21 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 INT
* WR Bernard Berrian caught his 1st-career TD pass against the 49ers on 10/31/04 on a 49-yard strike from Chicago QB Craig Krenzel.
* LB Chad Greenway led the Vikings with 13 tackles, including 1 for a loss, when the teams last met at Monster Park on 12/9/07.
* CB Cedric Griffi n tied a career-high with 3 PDs and added a forced fumble when the teams met at Monster Park on 12/9/07.
* Griffi n also notched an INT against the 49ers on 9/27/09.
* KR Percy Harvin brought back a 101-yard kickoff for a TD, tying for the 2nd-longest return in team history, when the Vikings met the 49ers on 9/27/09.
* LB E.J. Henderson has had three big games against the 49ers, including the most recent match-up on 9/27/09 when Henderson led the Vikings with 11 tackles, including 9 solo stops. Henderson also led the Vikings in tackles when the teams met on 11/5/06, recording 11 stops. He notched 6 tackles and 2 FRs when the teams met at Monster Park on 12/9/07.
* WR Greg Lewis made a game winning touchdown catch in the back of the end-zone, with 1:27 remaining in the 4th quarter to give the Vikings a 27-24 win on 9/27/09. The catch would go on to win best play at the 2010 ESPY Awards and Lewis became only the 5th player in team history to catch a touchdown on his fi rst reception as a Viking.
* K Ryan Longwell tied a team record with his 8th 50+ yard fi eld goal as a Viking when the team met the 49ers on 9/27/09.
* WR Sidney Rice hauled in 4 receptions for 56 yards and a TD on 9/27/09.
* DT Kevin Williams tied a record by scoring his 4th career defensive TD on a 18-yard INT return when the teams last met at Monster Park on 12/9/07. It was also William’s 4th career INT, a Vikings team record for defensive linemen.
* Williams had previously recorded the fi rst 2.0 sacks of his career when he pulled down 49ers QB Tim Rattay vs. San Francisco in 2003.
* DT Pat Williams had 8 tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 FR when the teams met at Monster Park on 12/9/07.
* The Vikings trail the all-time series against the 49ers with a 21-22-1 record.
* Minnesota is 13-9 against the 49ers at home but only 8-13-1 when playing at San Francisco.
* The Vikings have won 4 of the last 5 matchups, with the last loss coming in San Francisco in 2006.
* The last 4 losses at San Francisco came by a total of 38 points.
* The Vikings have played the 49ers just 5 times in the preseason and hold a 3-2 edge in those games.
* The Vikings have played the 49ers 5 times in Divisional Playoff games, with 4 of those games taking place at San Francisco.
* This is the 4th time in 5 seasons the Vikings will meet their counterparts from the NFC West.
* The Vikings have two coaches who previously spent time with the 49ers: off ensive line coach Pat Morris (1997-2003) & wide receivers coach George Stewart (1996-2002).
VIKINGS-49ERS SERIES BY THE NUMBERS Record vs. 49ers ......................................................................... San Francisco 21-22-1 Last regular season game ............................................Vikings 27, 49ers 24 (2009) Vikings largest winning margin .........................31; Vikings 45, 49ers 14 (1963) 49ers largest winning margin ............................... 44; 49ers 51, Vikings 7 (1984) Current series streak .....................................................................................Vikings W2 Vikings longest win streak ................................................................... 5 (1963-1965) 49ers longest win streak .....................................4 (twice; 1961-62 & 1988-1990) Most Points, Vikings .........................................45; Minnesota 45, 49ers 14 (1963) Most Points, 49ers ...................................................... 51; 49ers 51, Vikings 7 (1984) Most Points, both teams ........................................83; Vikings 42, 49ers 41 (1965) Fewest Points, Vikings ................................................... 3; 49ers 9, Vikings 3 (2006) Fewest Points, 49ers .....................................................3; Vikings 28, 49ers 3 (1966) Fewest Points, both teams .........................................12; 49ers 9, Vikings 3 (2006)
Team Total Games All-Time Series Titles*
Chicago Bears .................................98 .................................52-44-2 ................................................2 Detroit Lions ....................................97 .................................65-30-2 ................................................0 Green Bay Packers .........................98 .................................48-49-1 ................................................4 * Since 2002 division realignment
The following numbers are combined NFC Central and NFC North: Playoff Appearances Division Titles
26 .... Minnesota Vikings 18 ..Minnesota Vikings
11 ......Chicago Bears 7 ... Chicago Bears 10 ......Green Bay Packers 5 ... Green Bay Packers 7 ......Detroit Lions 5 ... Detroit Lions 6 ......Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers
VIKINGS VS. NFC NORTH
Team W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.
yz-Minnesota 12 4 0 .750 470 312 8-0 4-4 9-3 5-1
x-Green Bay 11 5 0 .688 461 297 6-2 5-3 9-3 4-2 Chicago 7 9 0 .438 327 375 5-3 2-6 5-7 3-3 Detroit 2 14 0 .188 244 400 1-7 2-6 3-9 1-5 x-playoff berth; y-division winner; z-fi rst round bye
2009 NFC NORTH STANDINGS
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2009 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Qualifying players only/2009 regular season NFL rankings)
2009 Minnesota Vikings
Scoring Longwell ..........................132 #...............2 ............................3 Passing Yds. Favre ..............................4,202 ..................4 ............................9 Passing TDs Favre ....................................33 ...............2 ........................... 2t Passer Rating Favre ..............................107.2 #...............2 ............................2 Completion Pct. Favre .................................68.4 #...............2 ............................3 Rushing Att. Peterson ...........................314 ..................2 ............................4 Rushing Yds. Peterson .......................1,383 ..................2 ............................5 Rushing TDs Peterson .............................18 *...............1 ............................1 Receptions Rice ......................................83 #..............6t .........................12t Receiving Yds. Rice ................................1,312 #...............2 ............................4 Receiving TDs Shiancoe ............................11 #..............3t .......................... 4t Interceptions Griffi n .................................... 4 #.............14t ........................23t Fumble Rec. Allen/Greenway................. 3 .................3t .......................... 3t Sacks Allen .................................14.5 ..................1 ............................2 FGs Made Longwell ............................26 ..................4 ..........................10t FG Pct. Longwell .........................92.9 ..................2 ............................2 Punting Avg. Kluwe ...............................43.9 ..................7 ...........................15 Punt Ret. Avg. Reynaud ..........................10.3 ..................4 ............................9 KO Ret. Avg. Harvin ..............................27.5 ..................3 ............................4
Scoring Nedney ...............................84 ................ 14 .........................28t Passing Yds. Smith .............................2,350 ................ 12 ..........................24 Passing TDs Smith ...................................18 ................ 11 ..........................19 Passer Rating Smith ................................81.5 ..................9 ...........................19 Completion Pct. Smith ................................60.5 ..................9 ...........................19 Rushing Att. Gore ...................................229 ..................5 ...........................14 Rushing Yds. Gore ...............................1,120 ..................5 ..........................11t Rushing TDs Gore .....................................10 .................3t .......................... 9t Receptions Davis ....................................78 ................ 10 .........................19t Receiving Yds. Davis ..................................965 ................ 15 ..........................27 Receiving TDs Davis ....................................13 .................1t .......................... 1t Interceptions Goldson ................................ 4 ................14t ........................23t Fumble Rec. Roman .................................. 3 .................3t .......................... 3t Sacks Lawson ..............................6.5 ................14t ........................32t FGs Made Nedney ...............................17 ................ 12 .........................26t FG Pct. Nedney ............................81.0 ..................9 ...........................21 Punting Avg. Lee .....................................47.6 ..................1 ............................2 Punt Ret. Avg. Battle ..................................2.9 ................ 13 ..........................28 KO Ret. Avg. Morgan ............................28.2 ................NA ........................ NA
VIKINGS-49ERS PROMINENT CONNECTIONS VIKINGS-49ERS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell entered the NFL in 1997 as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers.
- Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart coached in San Francisco for seven seasons (1996-2002) and was a part of fi ve playoff teams.
- Vikings off ensive line coach Pat Morris spent seven seasons (1997-2003) on the 49ers coaching staff and was part of four playoff teams.
- 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky played LB for the Vikings from 1991-93.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings DE Jared Allen grew up an hour south of San Francisco in Los Gatos, CA.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell played at the University of California from 1993-96.
- Vikings S Eric Frampton was a standout at Oak Grove High in San Jose, California.
- RB Toby Gerhart attended Norco High School in Norco, CA, and went on to play at Stanford, where he fi nished 2nd on Stanford’s all-time career rushing list with 3,522 yards and 1st with 44 rushing TDs. Gerhart trails former Viking Darrin Nelson, now the athletic director at Stanford, on Stanford’s all-time career rushing list.
NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and 49ers head coach Mike Singletary were teammates with the Chicago Bears, including on the Super Bowl XX team.
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier were in Philadelphia with 49ers S Michael Lewis.
- Vikings tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson and 49ers defensive coordinator Greg
Manusky were teammates with the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
- Manusky was Vikings LB Ben Leber’s position coach with the San Diego Chargers.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfi eld were teammates of 49ers CB Nate
Clements in Buff alo.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
- Vikings QB Antoine Winfi eld and 49ers CB Nate Clements were teammates for a season at Ohio State.
- Vikings LB E.J. Henderson and FB Jeff Dugan were teammates of 49ers QB Shaun Hill at Maryland.
- Vikings T Bryant McKinnie blocked for 49ers RB Frank Gore for a season at Miami.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera played at Tennessee with 49ers DT Aubrayo Franklin
and LB Parys Haralson.
- Vikings WR Percy Harvin played at the University of Florida with 49ers DE Ray Mc-
Donald.
- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson played at Oklahoma with 49ers WR Brandon Jones and S Reggie Smith.
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac coached at Ohio State with 49ers WR/senior asst. coach Jerry Sullivan.
- Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy coached at Colorado with 49ers secondary coach Vance Joseph.
- Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers coached on the staff at Notre Dame when 49ers WR Arnaz Battle played for the Fighting Irish.
- Vikings rookie FB Ryan D’Imperio and 49ers rookie T Anthony Davis played togeth- er at Rutgers University.
The 2009 postseason marked the Vikings 26th playoff appearance. The franchise has now played a total of 45 playoff games with a combined 19-26 (.422) postseason record. Their 45 playoff games are tied the 3rd-most among all NFL teams; only Dallas (58) and Pittsburgh (50) have played in more.
The Vikings have made 4 postseason appearances since the 2000 season. Head Coach Brad Childress has led his teams to 2 playoff berths and is 1-2 in postseason action.
Ten Vikings made their fi rst playoff appearance against Dallas in 2009, while 36 had either played or been active in at least one playoff game prior to that game. Thirty-one players on the roster have started at least one postseason game. QB Brett Favre has the most playoff starts (24) and the most postseason games played (24) among all current Vikings.
VIKINGS MAKE 26TH POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
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NFL Head Coach: 3rd Year Overall NFL Experience: 20th Year Coaching Experience: 8th Year Overall NFL Record: 13-12-0 (.520) Regular Season: 13-12-0 (.520) Postseason: 0-0-0 (.000) Record with SF 13-12-0 (.520) Record vs. MIN: 0-1-0 (.000) College: Baylor (1980) Head Coach Mike Singletary enters his
second full season as the head coach of the 49ers in 2010 after stepping in as the interim head coach with nine games remaining in the 2008 season. Singletary led the 49ers to fi ve wins in the fi nal seven games in ‘08 as the team improved statistically in all three phases. As a result, he was hired as the franchise’s 16th head coach on December 28, 2008. In his fi rst full season as a head coach, Singletary improved the 49ers record to 8-8 in 2009, the best record for the franchise since 2002. The 49ers allowed the 4th-fewest points-per-game in the league, ranked 5th in takeaways and 5th in turnover diff erential. The defense fi nished with 44 sacks, tied for 3rd in the league, and with the 6th-ranked unit against the run. Off ensively, the 49ers encountered an up and down year. The unit endured a quarterback change, multiple injuries and various other personnel issues throughout the season. Singletary watched fi ve of his players - TE Vernon Davis, P Andy Lee, RB Frank Gore, DT Justin Smith and LB Patrick Willis - participate in the 2010 Pro Bowl. It was the largest 49ers contingent at the NFL’s annual All-Star game since 2002. Singletary’s fi rst coaching opportunity came as the inside linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. In 2 seasons with Baltimore, Singletary led a prolifi c group of linebackers to even greater heights, including All-Pro Ray Lewis, who earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2003. During Singletary’s tenure, Baltimore’s defense ranked 3rd in the NFL in 2003 and 6th overall the following year. In 2005, Singletary was the fi rst hire of 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, who named Singletary the assistant head coach and linebackers coach. A year later he was elevated to assistant head coach/defense. Under Singletary’s guidance, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was named Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007 and set an unoffi cial NFL single- season record for tackles with 226. He became the fi rst 49ers rookie defender to earn Pro Bowl honors since Ronnie Lott in 1981. In 2008, Willis enjoyed another Pro Bowl selection and fi nished 2nd in the NFL in tackles. Prior to joining the NFL as a coach, Singletary spent 12 years with the Chicago Bears after being selected in the 2nd round of the 1981 NFL Draft with the 38th overall pick. He made an immediate impact, earning a starting role and becoming a cornerstone of the Bears ‘46’ defense. During his career, Singletary earned Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year honors twice, fi rst-team All-Pro honors 8 times and All-NFC honors 9 times. He fi nished each of his fi nal 11 seasons on Chicago’s defense ranked either fi rst or second in tackles and at the end of his career, had amassed 1,488 tackles, 885 solo tackles, 51 passes defensed, 12 fumble recoveries and 7 interceptions. Singletary also started a defensive team record 172 games for the Bears, trailing only Walter Payton’s 184 career starts for the all-time lead. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Along with his coaching responsibilities, Singletary is also a motivational speaker and has authored 3 books - Singletary One on One, Calling the Shots and Daddy’s Home at Last.
SINGLETARY LEADS THE 49ERS
Player
SINGLETARY’S BACKGROUND
Won 21, Lost 22, Tied 1; Home 13-9, Away 8-13-1
Year Home/Away Result
* NFC Divisional Playoff Game
BEST PERFORMANCES VS. 49ERS VIKINGS RUSHING YARDS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
105 ........... Leroy Hoard, 10/24/99 at Minnesota 101 .........Chester Taylor, 12/9/07 at San Francisco
VIKINGS LONGEST RUNS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
84t .........Chester Taylor, 12/9/07 at San Francisco
73 .............. Dave Osborn, 9/17/67 at Minnesota 45 .............. Bobby Walden, 10/30/66 at Minnesota
VIKINGS PASSING YARDS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
407 ........... Fran Tarkenton, 10/24/65 at San Francisco 326 ........... Tommy Kramer, 10/12/86 at San Francisco 267 ........... Gus Frerotte, 9/28/03 at Minnesota
VIKINGS PASSING TDs VS. SAN FRANCISCO
4 ................ Gus Frerotte, 9/28/03 at Minnesota 4 ................ Tommy Kramer, 9/2/79 at Minnesota
VIKINGS LONGEST PASSES VS. SAN FRANCISCO
80t ............ Jeff George to Matthew Hatchette, 10/24/99 at Minnesota 71t ............ Fran Tarkenton to Gordon Smith, 11/26/61 at San Francisco 69t ............ Tommy Kramer to Sammy White, 12/4/77 at Minnesota 67t ............ Wade Wilson to Anthony Carter, 10/30/88 at San Francisco 67t ............ Fran Tarkenton to Ray Poage, 9/29/63 at Minnesota
VIKINGS RECEIVING YARDS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
202 ........... Paul Flatley, 10/24/65 at San Francisco 172 ........... Randy Moss, 9/28/03 at Minnesota 152 ........... Ahmad Rashad, 9/2/79 at Minnesota
VIKINGS QB SACKS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
3.0 ............. Henry Thomas, 10/3/93 at San Francisco 3.0 ............. Al Noga, 12/13/92 at Minnesota 3.0 ............. Ken Clarke, 12/30/90 at Minnesota
VIKINGS LONGEST INT RETURNS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
51t ............ Audray McMillian, 12/13/92 at Minnesota 42 .............. Donald Frank, 12/18/95 at San Francisco
VIKINGS LONGEST PUNT RETURNS VS. SAN FRANCISCO
60t ............ Billy Butler, 9/29/63 at San Francisco 50 .............. Eric Guliford, 10/3/93 at San Francisco
VIKINGS TACKLES VS. SAN FRANCISCO
20 .............. Scott Studwell, 12/8/84 at San Francisco 19 .............. Rip Hawkins, 12/2/62 at Minnesota
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V I K I N G S H E A D C O A C H B R A D C H I L D R E S S
NFL Head Coach: 5th Year Overall NFL Experience: 12th Year Coaching Experience: 32nd Year Overall NFL Record: 37-30-0 (.552) Regular Season: 36-28-0 (.563) Postseason: 1-2 (.333) Record with MIN: 37-30-0 (.552) In his 32nd year of coaching and his 12th on an NFL sideline, Vikings Head Coach Brad
Childress led the 2009 team to a 12-4 regular season record and a 2nd-consecutive NFC North Championship, marking the fi rst time since 1977-78 the Vikings have won back-to-back division titles. Childress capped the season with an appearance in the NFC Championship game, the Vikings fi rst in 10 years. Childress’ 12 wins in 2009 tied as the 2nd-most in team history. His teams have now improved by 2 wins in each of the last 4 years, fi nishing 6-10 in ‘06, 8-8 in ‘07, 10-6 in ‘08 and 12-4 in ‘09. This year’s 12 victories marked Minnesota’s 2nd 10+ win season in 9 years, while the 2009 NFC North title was the Vikings 2nd since the NFC Central was realigned in 2002 and the team’s 3rd division title since 2000. The Vikings 22 wins over the last 2 years are the most in the NFC (2nd-most in the NFL). For Childress, the 2009 division title was his 6th in the past 9 seasons, dating back to 2001 with Philadelphia, and the 2009 playoff s were his 7th playoff appearance since 2000. In his past 10 NFL seasons between Minnesota and Philadelphia, Childress has been part of teams that have suff ered just 2 losing seasons.
Vikings Boasted Prolifi c Off ense in 2009 The Vikings success in 2009 began with an off season that saw the addition of several players, including 19-year veteran QB Brett Favre, who joined the team on Tuesday, August 18. Favre, who turned 40 on October 10, put together the best statistical season of his storied career as he completed 363 of his 531 passes (68.4%) for 4,202 yards and 33 TDs. He threw just 7 INTs on the season, tied for the lowest in the NFL and for his career, and his 107.2 passer rating was also a career-high and the 2nd-highest in the NFL. With Favre at the helm, the Vikings off ense racked up an average of 379.6 yards per game, the 5th-highest total in the NFL. The unit scored 447 of the team’s 470 total points, both which ranked 2nd behind New Orleans (448 and 510). The Vikings led the league with 34 passing TDs, while RB Adrian
Peterson led the NFL with 18 rushing scores. Peterson also fi nished 5th with 1,383 yards, continuing Childress’ emphasis on a strong running game. His Vikings squads have consistently boasted one of the most productive rushing attacks in the NFL with the 4th-best rushing yards-per-game average (136.1) in the NFL since 2006 and the 6th-most TDs (68) on the ground during that time. Since taking over in 2006, Childress has preached the importance of ball security, and in 2009, the Vikings turned the ball over just 18 times, the 3rd- lowest total in the league. The team’s 7 INTs were the least in the NFL, and the +6 turnover diff erential was tied as the 8th-best. Capitalizing on their opportunities, the Vikings off ense scored 99 points following opponents’ 24 turnovers, the 2nd-most off ensive points scored off takeaways. The team was also effi cient in the red zone, scoring 350 points, the most in the NFL. The Vikings scored TDs 62.3% of the time when reaching the opponents’ 20-yard line, the 3rd-highest percentage on the season. Along with the massive yards and points, the off ensive unit also kept the Vikings defense off the fi eld, controlling the clock for an average of 32 minutes and 40 seconds per game, the 3rd-best in the NFL.
Vikings Defense Ranked 6th in 2009
On defense Minnesota maintained its ranking from 2008, fi nishing 6th overall and marking the fi rst time since 1993-94 the Vikings have had consecutive top-10 defenses. The Vikings, who established an NFL standard by becoming the only team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to rank #1 against the run for 3 consecutive seasons (2006-08), once again stifl ed opponents on the ground in 2009. Despite losing their #1 ranking for the fi rst time in 4 years, the Vikings fi nished #2 in rush defense, allowing just 3.8 more yards per game than the Green Bay Packers. The team has now allowed just 4,794 rushing yards since 2006, an NFL-best average of 74.9 yards per game. Opponents are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry over the last 4 seasons and have scored just 31 rushing TDs during that time.
2006-present ............... Minnesota Vikings ...................Head Coach 2002-05 ......................... Philadelphia Eagles .................Off ensive Coordinator 1999-01 ......................... Philadelphia Eagles .................Quarterbacks 1991-98 ......................... Wisconsin....................................Off ensive Coordinator/QBs/RBs 1990 ................................ Utah ..............................................Wide Receivers 1986-89 ......................... Northern Arizona .....................Off ensive Coordinator 1985 ................................ Indianapolis Colts ....................QBs/Quality Control 1978-84 ......................... Illinois ...........................................Running Backs/Wide Receivers
CHILDRESS’ COACHING HISTORY
Perhaps even more impressive than the rush defense, however, was the Vikings league-leading 48 sacks on the year, the 5th-highest single season total in team history. DE Jared Allen became just the 2nd player in NFL history (Reggie White) to notch at least 14 sacks in 3 consecutive seasons, as he led the team with 14.5 sacks. His counterpart, DE Ray Edwards, had a breakout season, fi nishing with a career-high 8.5 sacks and setting a team playoff record with his 3.0 sacks vs. Dallas. The Vikings have now notched 131 sacks over the last 3 years, the 3rd-most of all teams during that time. On the season, Minnesota held opponents to 60 3-and-out drives on 188 defensive series, or 31.9% of opponents’ posessions, the 2nd-highest percentage in the NFL. The Vikings 60 forced 3-and-outs were tied for the 2nd-most of any team. The defensive unit was also great at preventing teams from extending drives, tying for the NFL lead by allowing just 69 3rd-down conversions. The team also gave up just 19 drives of 10 or more plays, the 2nd-fewest in the league. While the Vikings off ense protected the ball in 2009, the Vikings defense recovered 13 opponents’ fumbles, tied for the 6th-most in the NFL. One of the fumbles Allen returned 52 yards for a TD, moving the team’s defensive touchdowns under Childress to 16 (9 interceptions and 7 fumble recoveries).
Special Teams Shows Signifi cant Improvement After struggling during the 2008 season, the Vikings special teams unit bounced back in ‘09, giving up just one return for a TD while scoring 2 in the return game. Rookie WR/KR Percy Harvin fi nished 4th in the NFL with a 27.5 yard kickoff return average, setting a Vikings record as the fi rst player to return 2 kickoff s for TDs in both a single season and a career. His 27.5 yard average ranked as the 2nd-highest in team history. One of the most accurate kickers in the history of the NFL, K Ryan
Longwell put together one of his best seasons, connecting on 92.9% of his FGs (26-of-28), the 2nd-highest average in the league, and scoring 132 points on the year, the 3rd-most. While Longwell’s streak of 16 consecutive FGs made was broken in December, he climbed into 16th place in NFL history with 322 FGs made. Since joining the Vikings, he has made 72-of-75 FGs (96.0%) from inside 45 yards, with 2 of his 3 misses being blocked.
Vikings Continue to Build Roster In 2009, the Vikings continued to build the team’s roster for long-term success, adding key elements through free agency and the draft. All 5 of the team’s 2009 draft choices made the 53-man roster and started at least one game. The team watched 10 players earn Pro Bowl honors, the most of any NFL team, and 4 players were named 1st-Team Associated Press All-Pro. Six players were named NFC Players of the Week in ‘09, moving the total under Childress to 12 players earning 17 honors in the last 4 seasons. Of those 12 players, 11 joined the Vikings via free agency or the draft since Childress came to the team, while 6 of this year’s 10 Pro Bowlers also joined the team since ‘06. The Vikings ability to add key elements through free agency, trades and the draft while keeping solid team chemistry has been a fundamental principle under Childress’ leadership. Finding players whose talents fi t the team-fi rst philosophy and whose work ethic matches that of their teammates has helped build a roster that is single-minded and accountable to one another. Childress has been instrumental in bringing in explosive players such as Jared Allen, Brett Favre, Bernard Berrian and others via free agency while drafting the likes of Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Chad Greenway. Under Childress, the Vikings have also re-signed instrumental players like Kevin Williams, E.J. Henderson and Antoine Winfi eld.
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DARRELL BEVELL
Off ensive Coordinator Off ensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell, in his 4th season with Minnesota, spent 2009 leading the Vikings to their highest overall off ensive ranking (5th) since 2004. Bevell’s unit averaged 379.5 yards per game, while the team put up 29.4 points per contest. The off ense tallied 447 of the 470 total points scored by the Vikings, both which ranked
2nd in the NFL. The Vikings off ense was opportunistic in the red zone, scoring TDs 62.3% of the time (3rd). The team controlled the clock for 32:40 minutes per game, also the 3rd-best among all teams, and the Vikings converted 44.8% of their 3rd down attempts, good for 5th. The team gave up just 18 turnovers, the 3rd-lowest total in the NFL. Reunited with QB Brett Favre, Bevell helped the Vikings passing off ense (8th) jump 17 spots from 2008 (25th), the largest increase among all teams. Favre, who turned 40 on October 10, posted the best season of his career in several categories, including passer rating (107.2), interceptions (7) and completion percentage (68.4). His +26 TD/INT ratio (33 TDs, 7 INTs) was the best in the NFL, and Favre’s interception percentage of 1.3 was the lowest among all players with 250 passing attempts. His 33 TDs tied for the 2nd- most, his 107.2 passer rating was the 2nd-best and his 4,202 passing yards were the 9th-most. The Vikings had 6 receivers with at least 40 catches, only the 2nd team in NFL history to accomplish the feat. WR Sidney Rice had a breakout season, ranking 2nd in the NFL and 4th overall with 1,312 receiving yards and 8 TDs, while the NFL’s Off ensive Rookie of the Year WR Percy Harvin pulled in 60 catches for 790 yards and 6 TDs. The Vikings rushing attack continued to pound away at teams as RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,383 yards and 18 TDs, becoming just the 3rd player in history to reach 1,300 yards and 10 TDs in each of his opening 3 seasons. Peterson’s 1,383 yards on the year ranked 5th in the NFL, while his 18 rushing TDs broke a team record and led the league. Under Bevell’s guidance, Favre, Peterson and Rice along with G Steve
Hutchinson and T Bryant McKinnie, earned Pro Bowl honors.
LESLIE FRAZIER
Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coord.
In 2009, Vikings Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier held the reigns of the NFL’s 6th-ranked overall defense and the league’s 2nd-best rushing defense. Frazier’s unit became the fi rst Vikings defense to post back- to-back (2008 and 2009) top 10 defensive rankings since 1993 and 1994.
On the season the Vikings allowed 305.5 yards of off ense per game, including just 87.1 on the ground. The team fell just short of being ranked #1 against the run for the 4th consecutive year, ending the season 2nd. Since joining the Vikings in 2007, Frazier’s defenses have ranked #1, #1 and #2 against the run. Prior to Carolina (12/20), the team had gone 36 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. In the last 64 contests, the Vikings have given up just 3 100-yard individual performances. Perhaps even more impressive than the unit’s ranking against the run, however, was the Vikings league-leading 48 sacks. The total ranked as the 5th-most in team history. DE Jared Allen fi nished 2nd in the NFL with 14.5 on the year, becoming just the 2nd player in NFL history to notch 3 consecutive seasons with at least 14 sacks. Overall the Vikings defense allowed just 19.5 points per game, good for 10th in the NFL. The unit gave up just 271 fi rst downs, the 2nd-fewest and opposing teams scored TDs just 45.0% of the time when reaching the red zone. The team also forced 60 3-and-out drives on opponents’ 188 possessions (31.9%), the 2nd-most of any team in the league. For the 2nd straight year, Allen, along with DT Kevin Williams, earned 2009 Pro Bowl Honors under Frazier.
JUNEY BARNETT Assistant Strength and Conditioning ERIC BIENIEMY Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs KARL DUNBAR Defensive Line RYAN FICKEN Off ensive Assistant/Wide Receivers JIM HUEBER Assistant Off ensive Line JEFF IMAMURA Defensive Assistant/Linebackers JIMMIE JOHNSON Tight Ends TOM KANAVY Strength and Conditioning PAT MORRIS Off ensive Line FRED PAGAC Linebackers DENNIS POLIAN Assistant to Head Coach DIRON REYNOLDS Assistant Defensive Line KEVIN ROGERS Quarterbacks MATT SHELDON Assistant Defensive Backs RYAN SILVERFIELD Defensive Assistant/Defensive Line KEVIN STEFANSKI Quality Control-Off ense/Quarterbacks GEORGE STEWART Wide Receivers MARTIN STREIGHT Assistant Strength and Conditioning CHRIS WHITE Assistant Special Teams JOE WOODS Defensive Backs
VIKINGS ASSISTANT COACHES
The Vikings fi nished 8-0 at Mall of America Field in 2009, after fi nishing the 2008 regular season with a 6-2 record at home. The team now has a com- bined record of 152-79-0 (.658) all-time at Mall of America Field, which in- cludes a 7-5 mark in postseason games. The 8-0 home record was just the 3rd in team history (1998, 1989) and ‘09 marked just the 8th time the team has fi nished with an undefeated home record. The team has never been shut out at the current stadium and hasn’t been shut out at a home stadium since 10/7/62, when they lost 13-0 to Chicago at Met Stadium.
DOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
BRIAN MURPHY
Special Teams Coordinator After serving as the Special Teams Assistant over the past 3 seasons, Brian Murphy spent his fi rst year as the Vikings Special Teams Coordinator in 2009. With the return of special teams ace Heath
Farwell and the additions of Karl Paymah and Kenny Onatolu, Murphy helped the unit improve dramatically in all phases, especially in return coverage. After giving up an NFL-high 6 kickoff /
punt returns for TDs in 2008, the Vikings special teams allowed just one punt return for a TD this season. On the return side, Murphy’s unit gave the Vikings off ense a boost as the team ranked 2nd in average fi eld position following a kickoff (31.2). The return unit brought back 4 kickoff s past the 50-yard line, tied for the 4th-most in the NFL. Rookie phenom Percy Harvin fi nished 4th in the NFL with a 27.5 kickoff return average, which included 2 returns for TDs, a Vikings single- season and career record, while second-year PR Darius Reynaud tied for 9th in the NFL with a 10.3 punt return average. K Ryan Longwell set a career-best with 132 points scored on the season, which tied for 2nd in Vikings history. He connected on 26 of 28 fi eld goal attempts, and his percentage of 92.9 was the 2nd-best in the league. P Chris Kluwe left opponents inside their own 20-yard line 24 times. Since entering the league in 2005, Kluwe has 126 punts inside the 20, the 2nd-most in team history behind Greg Coleman. Murphy saw 2 of his players make their fi rst career Pro Bowls in Farwell and Harvin.
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#31 CHRIS COOK • CB
2nd Round • #34 Overall
The highest drafted CB (#34) by the Vikings since1994 will add a new element to the secondary. Cook’s 6-2 frame will add some height and youth to a recovering defensive backfi eld. The Virginia Cavalier started 31
of the 38 games in which he saw ac- tion. He recorded 19 pass breakups and 7 interceptions during his colle- giate career. Cook was a captain on the 2009 team and earned All-ACC 1st-Team honors by the NFL Draft Report. Cook becomes the fi rst ever player selected out of the University of Virginia by the Vikings.
#32 TOBY GERHART • RB
2nd Round • #51 Overall
The nation’s best collegiate running back will fi nd himself in the same backfi eld as one of the best running backs in the NFL. Gerhart comes to Minnesota and joins Adrian Peterson after a sensational senior campaign at Stanford. The Pac-10 Off ensive Player of the Year rushed for a nation-high 28 TDs during his senior. Gerhart received the Doak Walker Award and fi nished second in the closest vote in the history of the Heisman Award. Gerhart leaves Stanford
ranked 1st in school history with 44 TDs and 2nd all-time in rushing yards with 3,522. The former Stanford center- fi elder will fi ll the void left by Chester Taylor who signed with the Bears. Gerhart brings a punishing style of running to go along with sneaky speed. At this point his role looks to be providing depth for AP and becoming a solid pass catcher and blocker on third downs. Gerhart found success off the football fi eld as he was First-Team All Aca- demic in 2009.
# 97 EVERSON GRIFFEN • DE
4th Round • #100 Overall
A gifted player that has something to prove upon his ar- rival to the NFL, Griff en is an intriguing prospect for the Vikings as some specu- lated the USC Trojan would be selected in the fi rst round. Griff en was scooped up by the Vikes with the 100th pick in the draft after winning two Rose Bowls in college. The DE left after his junior year under Pete Carroll and earned 2nd- Team All-Pac 10 honors. Griff en will look to reach his potential by working with DL coach Karl Dunbar and All-Pros Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and Pat Williams.
#72 CHRIS DeGEARE • G
6-4 • 335 • Wake Forest
5th Round • #161 Overall
A versatile off ensive lineman that will provide depth to an established off ensive line in both the guard and tackle positions. DeGeare spent his fi rst three seasons at Wake Forest playing guard before switching to
tackle during his fi nal year. The Demon Deacon started all 12 games his senior season and was named All-ACC Honorable Men- tion.
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# 58 NATE TRIPLETT • LB
5th Round • #167 Overall
Getting familiar with the Vikings organization will not be a problem for Twin Cities native Nate Triplett. The former Gophers LB comes to the Vikings with a high motor and a knack for seeking contact. Triplett ranked second on the Gophers defense with 105 tackles during
his senior campaign. He earned Big Ten and National Player of the Week honors for his outstand- ing play versus Air Force when he returned a fumble 52 yards for a go-ahead TD and notched 17 tackles, which was a Big Ten high for 2009. Triplett earned the Bobby Bell Award as the Gophers’ special teams MVP.
#82 MICKEY SHULER Jr. • TE
6-4 • 251 • Penn State
7th Round • #214 Overall
A tenacious blocker and underappreciated receiver, Shuler Jr. will look to provide depth to a veteran group of tight ends. The former Nittany Lion follows in his father’s footsteps, Mickey Shuler Sr., who played in the NFL for 13 years with the Jets and Eagles. Shuler Jr.
fi nished his career at Penn State with 27 receptions for 300 yards and 4 touch- downs. He excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.44 GPA and earning All-Big Ten Academic honors.
#44 RYAN D’IMPERIO • FB
6-3 • 240 • Rutgers
7th Round • #237 Overall
D’Imperio, the 237th overall pick in the draft, will make the switch from collegiate linebacker to fullback in the NFL. Over the past four seasons at Rutgers he helped his team to 36 wins and a school-record 4 consecu-
tive bowl appearances. The Rutgers 2009 captain started 24 of his fi nal 25 games at MLB and totaled 185 tackles, 23.5 TFL, and 7 sacks during his career.
#14 JOE WEBB • QB
6th Round • #199 Overall
Webb will get a shot at the No. 3 QB spot on the Vikings roster for the 2010 season. The 2009 Conference USA Off ensive Player of the Year had a remarkable career at UAB and led the NCAA in rushing yards by a QB with 1,427 and 11 TDs. Webb became the 1st player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000+ yards and rush for 1,000+ yards in back-to-back seasons.
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#29 LITO SHEPPARD • CB
5-10 • 194 • Florida NFL Experience: 9 years
Leslie Frazier’s defenses are known for shutting down an opponents running game. With the addition of 2-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard the Vikings look to improve on their already stellar defensive unit.
Sheppard, who has played in 104 games with 70 career starts, has 19 career INTs for 460 yards and 3 TDs. He spent his fi rst 7 years in the NFL with Philadelphia, helping the Eagles to 4 NFC East Division titles and Super Bowl XXXIX, before starting 9 games for a New York Jets team that advanced to the AFC Champion- ship Game last year.
Sheppard became the fi rst NFL player to return 2 INTs for TDs of more than 100 yards in a career with a 102-yard score in 2006 and a 101-yard score in 2004. A fi rst-round selection out of Florida by Philadelphia with the 26th overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, Sheppard was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006 and has been on playoff teams 6 of his 8 NFL seasons, appearing in 12 games with 6 starts.
He was traded to the Jets in the 2009 off season and released by the team in March of this year.
#99 MIKE MONTGOMERY • DE
6-5 • 282 • Texas A&M NFL Experience: 6 years
The Vikings added depth to their already stout defensive line with the addition of 5-yr veteran Mike Montgomery. Montgomery, who is listed as a defensive end, comes over from Green Bay after fi ve seasons with the Packers.
Montgomery was out of place in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense, but should fi nd himself back in familiar territory in Leslie Frazier’s 4-3 scheme. The Texas native will pro- vide depth to ends Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, and Brian Robison. Montgomery has the ability to shift inside if needed.
Montgomery’s best season came in 2008 where he started 8 of the 14 games that he played in and recorded 71 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Montgomery has played in 56 career games. He was selected in the 6th round by Green Bay after earning fi rst-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior at Texas A&M.
#9 RHYS LLOYD • K
6-0 • 238 • Minnesota NFL Experience: 4 years
The Vikings special teams unit drastically improved in 2009 under new Special Teams Coordinator Brian Mur- phy. Pro Bowler Heath Farwell and LB Kenny Onatolu led the charge on coverage units while Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin added an electric dynamic in the return game.
This year Coach Murphy has a new weapon; it’s kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd. Lloyd comes to the Vikings from Carolina where he spent the 2008 and 2009 sea- sons. In 2008 he led the NFL with a career-best 30 touchbacks, the most in the NFL since the move to the K-ball. Lloyd followed that with 21 touchbacks in 2009, tied for the 6th-most in the NFL.
Lloyd will compete for all kickoff duties and provide Ryan Longwell the ability to stay fresh and focus on remaining one of the leagues best kickers.
The former All-NFL Europa selection is no stranger to the Twin Cities. Lloyd at- tended Eastview High School and then kicked collegiately at Rochester C.C. and the University of Minnesota.
#30 RYAN MOATS • RB
5-8 • 210 • Louisiana Tech NFL Experience: 6 years
Moats signed with the Vikings on June 15 and adds an- other veteran presence to the running back corps head- ing into the 2010 season. He has averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his career, totaling 831 yards and 8 touchdowns.
A third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005, Moats rushed for 278 yards in his rookie season. His workload decreased in 2006 and he spent the 2007 season on injured reserve with the Eagles.
Moats signed with the Texans practice squad on 10/7/08 and was called to the active roster just a few weeks later and appeared in nine games with Houston during the 2008 season.
In 2009, Moats played in 14 games with two starts and had a career-high 390 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career day at Buff alo last November, rush- ing for 126 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 13 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
#84 LOGAN PAYNE • WR
6-2 • 208 • Minnesota NFL Experience: 1 year
Payne fi nds himself in Minnesota again, but this time with the Minnesota Vikings. A standout player for the Minne- sota Golden Gophers, Payne returns to Minnesota after sifting through several NFL organizations.
Coming from Tampa, FL, to be a Gopher, Payne led the team in his last year with 50 catches for 804 yards and 9 TDs. Payne burst onto the scene during his junior season with the Gophers, racking up an impressive 37 catches for 529 yards and 2 TDs.
Payne was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent and from 2007 to 2008 he bounced around the league, seeing action in 2 games with the Seahawks before becoming a practice squad member for Detroit and Kansas City.
Payne once again returns to Minnesota, a state which has treated him well in the past, looking to establish himself as a contributing member to the receiving core of the Minnesota Vikings.
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#63 THOMAS AUSTIN • G
6-4 • 310 • Clemson OFF THE FIELD
• Earned his degree in political science at Clemson in August of 2009. • Wants to pursue the ministry full time after his football career is over…Fa-
ther, Tom Austin, played football at West Point and his great uncle, Billy Austin, played football for Auburn’s 1957 National Championship team.
COLLEGE
* 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second team as voted on by the media. * Preseason All-America and Outland Trophy candidate heading into his senior
season. * First-team Academic All-ACC selection…Three-time ACC Off ensive Lineman-
of the-Week in 2008, bringing his career total to 5. PREP
* All-State selection by The State, High School Sports Report, and SCVarsity.com as a senior at Camden High School in SC.
#79 ADRIAN BATTLES • G
* Majored in sports management. PRO
* Participated in a three-day long rookie camp with the Vikings and signed with the team shortly afterwards.
COLLEGE
* During his time as a Maverick, Battles was a staple on the off ensive line. While wearing the purple-and-gold of Minnesota State, Battles started in 43 of a possible 46 games for Minnesota State and helped guide the squad to a 27-19 record during that span.
* This past season, Battles helped anchor a Maverick off ensive line which opened holes for an off ensive backfi eld that rushed for 2,842 yards and 34 touchdowns. The 2,842 yards of rushing off ense is the fourth highest single- season total in school history, while the 34 rushing touchdowns is the second- best total in program history.
#13 MARQUIS HAMILTON • WR
6-3 • 222 • Iowa State OFF THE FIELD
* Majored in communications studies and was named to the Big 12 Commis- sioner’s Honor Roll 3 times for a semester grade-point average above 3.0
PRO
* Signed as a rookie free agent on 5/3/10. COLLEGE * Finished his career ranked 7th on Iowa State’s all-time receiving list with 127
receptions and 8th with 1,509 yards. • Led the Cyclones with 46 receptions for 574 yards and 4 TDs during the regu-
lar season as a senior. PREP
* All-State selection as a senior for head coach Bill Bays at Edmond North High School, catching 46 passes for 750 yards and 4 TDs.
#61 BILL NOETHLICH • T
6-7 • 308 • Southwest Minnesota State OFF THE FIELD
* Joins Chad Greenway and Ben Leber as Vikings hailing from South Dakota. PRO * Signed as a rookie free agent on 5/3/10 after attending the Vikings rookie
camp and impressing Vikings coaches and scouts. COLLEGE
* Started 41 of his 44 career games on the line, including 40 consecutive starts from the end of 2006 through his senior season
* Served as a team captain in 2009, helping the Mustangs average 36 points per game and rank 13th nationally in scoring and passing off ense.
• Played in the Cactus Bowl, featuring 80 top Division II players from all over the country.
#35 MARCUS SHERELS • CB
* Earned bachelor’s degree in political science. PRO
* Incredibly versatile athlete who fi lled a number of roles as a Gopher - spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as a wide receiver and special teams ace before fi nding a home at cornerback in 2008.
* Appeared in 28 games during his career, including 12 at cornerback • origi- nally a walk-on at Minnesota.
PERSONAL
* Son of Linda Lager • born September 30, 1987 • his brother Mike played lin backer for the Gophers from 2004-07 and was a captain as a junior and senior.
#85 RAY SMALL • WR
5-11 • 180 • Ohio State OFF THE FIELD
* Majored in sociology. * Joins veteran CB Antoine Winfi eld as the only Buckeyes on the Vikings roster. PRO * Signed as a Vikings rookie free agent on 4/24/10. * Will compete for role at WR and on special teams. * Shared time at WR during collegiate career with Duron Carter, the son of Vi-
kings legend Cris Carter. COLLEGE
* Served as top return man for the Buckeyes during his career. * Part of Ohio State club that won the Big Ten title each of his 4 seasons. * Ended college career with 61 catches, 659 yards and 3 TDs. • Career-best 20 catches came as a sophomore...Scored on a punt return, kick
return and on 3 receptions during his career.
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VIKINGS QUARTERBACKS * Brett Favre: Named MVP of the NFL in 3 consecutive seasons (1995-97) and selected to 11 Pro Bowls...Has started 285 consecutive regular season games (309 including playoff s), the longest stretch ever by an NFL player, breaking Jim Marshall’s record of 270...Holds every signifi cant NFL career passing re- cord and is the league’s all-time leader in TD passes, completions, attempts, yards, and victories as a starting QB...Was 1 of 5 QBs in 2009 with at least 4,000 yards passing, 25 TDs and a QB rating of over 100...Threw for 4,202 yards and 33 TDs, while completing a career-best 68.4 % of his passes (363-of-531)...His 33 TDs were tied for the 2nd-most in the NFL and he was 2nd in the league with a career-high 107.2 passer rating...Threw only 7 INTs, tied for the lowest of all QBs with at least 300 attempts...Was named NFC Off ensive Player of the Week 3 times...Set a playoff career high and tied a Vikings single-game post- season record with 4 TD passes in the Divisional Round victory over Dallas... Completed 15-of-24 passes for 234 yards and no INTs...Posted a 134.4 passer rating, the 2nd-best single-game fi gure in Vikings postseason history and the 2nd-highest mark in his 24 career postseason contests...Has thrown a TD pass in a NFL-record 20-consecutive postseason games.
Tarvaris Jackson: Has played in 33 NFL games with 19 starts...Threw for 201 yards and a TD on 14-of-21 passing in 2009 (8 games).
Sage Rosenfels: Joined the Vikings via trade (Houston) during the 2009 off - season...Has played in 32 NFL games with 12 starts...Went 6-4 in his past 10 NFL starts, all with Houston.
Joe Webb: Rookie selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft...Took part in Senior Bowl as a WR...Named the Conference USA Off ensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2009.
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VIKINGS OFFENSIVE LINE G Ryan Cook: Helped pave the way for RB Adrian Peterson to reach 1,760 rushing yards in 2008, which led the NFL and set a team record...Originally drafted by the Vikings in 2006, has played in 54 career games with 33 starts... Saw action off the bench in both 2009 playoff games.
C Jon Cooper: Spent the fi rst 3 weeks of the regular season on the Vikings practice squad before being added to the active roster...Originally signed as a rookie free agent on 4/27/09...Started 43 games for one of the nation’s top off enses...Played in his fi rst NFL game at Arizona (12/6/09).
G Chris DeGeare: The only off ensive lineman taken by the Vikings in the 2010 NFL Draft, selected with the 30th choice in the 5th Round (161st overall) ...Will compete for a backup role on the veteran-heavy Vikings off ensive line...Spent 3 years at G before moving to LT during his fi nal season at Wake Forest.
* G Anthony Herrera: A rookie free agent in 2004, earned a place on 2008 USA Today All-Joe Team that honors the hard-working and overlooked in the NFL...Since stepping into the starting lineup in 2007, has helped the Vikings rushing game and RB Adrian Peterson set numerous NFL and team records... Started 14 games in 2009 (missed 2 to injury) and helped Peterson rush for 1,383 yards and an NFL-high 18 TDs...Helped protect QB Brett Favre as he tossed 4 TD passes in the Divisional Round win over Dallas...Born in Trinidad before emigrating to the United States...Became a U.S. citizen in 2008.
* G Steve Hutchinson: Widely considered the top guard in the NFL, has been selected to 7 Pro Bowls and is a 7-time All-Pro...Has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his 9 NFL seasons and has blocked in 58 games (including playoff s) where a running back has reached the 100-yard mark (27 with the Vikings)...Has blocked for 3 games with a 200-yard rusher in his career, includ- ing RB Adrian Peterson’s NFL record 296-yard game vs. San Diego...Played a large role in Peterson’s 1,383 rushing yards and an NFL-high 18 TDs in 2009... Originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1st round of the 2001 NFL Draft, joined the Vikings via free agency in 2006 off season...Has started 64 consecutive regular season games (67 including playoff s) since joining the team...Helped Peterson rush for 122 yards and 3 TDs in NFC Championship.
* T Phil Loadholt: Drafted in the 2nd round - 54th overall - by the Vikings in 2009 and started 15 regular season games (missed St. Louis due to injury)... Was the 6th highest tackle drafted in 2009 and the highest selected by the Vikings since Bryant McKinnie (1st round) in 2002...Started at Cleveland in Week 1, becoming only the 5th Vikings rookie tackle to start a season opener and only the 2nd at right tackle...Played a key role in RB Adrian Peterson’s 1,383 rushing yards and QB Brett Favre’s career-best 107.2 passer rating...Had an excellent postseason debut, helping protect Favre while he tied a Vikings playoff record with 4 TD passes and helping Peterson rush for 122 yards and 3 TDs at N.O.
* T Bryant McKinnie: Has blocked for 5 of the top 7 single-season rushers in team history...Helped RB Adrian Peterson become the 1st Vikings RB to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,760 yards in 2008...Has played in 116 career regular season games with 115 starts (5/5 playoff s)...Originally selected by the Vikings in the fi rst round (#7 overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft...Helped Peterson rush for 1,383 yards and 18 TDs in 2009...Played a key role in the playoff s as QB Brett Favre tossed 4 TD passes vs. Dallas and Peterson rushed for 122 yards and 3 TDs at New Orleans.
* C John Sullivan: Charged with fi lling big shoes left by longtime Vikings C Matt Birk, became a starter in 2009 on a talented Vikings off ensive line...Start- ed all 16 games and both playoff games in ‘09..Was the 4th center drafted in 2008, when the Vikings took him in the 6th round (#187) out of Notre Dame... Helped QB Brett Favre complete 68.4% of his passes, while RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,383 yards and a league-best 18 TDs...Made his 1st postseason start against Dallas and allowed Favre to post a 134.4 passer rating.
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VIKINGS TIGHT ENDS Jim Kleinsasser: The longest-tenured Viking is in his 12th season with the club in 2010...Named to the USA Today’s All-Joe Team in 2007 and 2008... Has paved the way for 6 of the top 7 single-season rushing marks in Vikings history, including RB Adrian Peterson’s NFL-leading 1,760 yards in 2008...Has played in 149 career regular season games (112 starts)...Started 8 games in 2009, helping Peterson to an NFL-best 18 rushing TDs...Caught 2 passes for 26 yards in 2009 playoff s.
Garrett Mills: Added to the active roster on 12/9/09 after spending the fi rst 12 weeks on the practice squad...Has played in 9 career games since joining the Vikings in 2007.
* Visanthe Shiancoe: Burst on to the Vikings scene in 2008, leading all NFC tight ends (3rd in NFL) with 7 TD catches...Has blocked for a 1,200+ yard rusher in each of his 1st 7 seasons...Has not missed a game in 7 years, playing in 112 consecutive regular season games and 5 playoff contests...Is 2nd among all- time Vikings tight ends with 19 career TD catches and 5th with 1,485 yards... Since the beginning of the 2008 season, has 18 TDs, the most among all tight ends in the NFL...Tied for 4th among all players with 11 TD receptions in 2001, a Vikings single-season record by a TE...Finished with a career-best 56 recep- tions for 566 yards...Finished 2009 postseason with 5 receptions for 94 yards (18.8 avg.) and a TD.
Mickey Shuler: Shuler was selected with pick 214 in the 7th round which was obtained through the 1st round trade with the Detroit Lions...Mickey Jr. is a second generation NFL player, his father played tight end for 13 seasons with the Jets and Eagles.
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Ryan D’Imperio: Taken by the Vikings in the 2010 NFL Draft, selected with the 30th choice in the 7th Round (237th overall)...Will play FB as a pro after starring 4 years at LB for Rutgers.
Jeff Dugan: Versatile player who serves as a strong blocker out of the back- fi eld at fullback or at tight end...6th-year player had 2 TD receptions during the regular season, among his 6 catches for 52 yards.
Toby Gerhart: Selected with the #51 overall pick after the Vikings traded up with the Houston Texans…Will compete for Vikings #2 RB behind All-Pro Adrian Peterson...Joins Peterson (2004) as former Heisman Trophy runner-ups with the Vikings.
Ryan Moats: Joined Vikings as a free agent on 6/14/10...Has started 3 career games...Had career-year in 2009 with Houston, rushing for 390 yards and 4 TDs including 126 yards at Buff alo...Spent 2007 season on injured reserve with Philadelphia...Originally drafted by Philadelphia in 3rd round (77th over- all) of 2005 Draft.
* Adrian Peterson: Perhaps the most explosive player in the NFL, became the 1st Vikings running back to lead the NFL in rushing in 2008, setting the team record with 1,760 yards...Set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards vs. San Diego in 2007, the 8th game of his career...Has played in 46 regular season NFL games (39 starts), yet already ranks 2nd in Vikings annals with 19 career games of 100+ rushing yards...Holds 3 of the Vikings top 4 rush- ing seasons (1,761 in 2008; 1,383 in 2009; 1,341 in 2007) and the team’s top 2 single-game performances (296 vs. San Diego on 11/4/07; 224 at Chicago on 10/14/07)...Has reached 1,000+ rushing yards in each of his 1st 3 years... Led the NFL with 18 rushing TDs in 2009, a team record for a single season... Ranked 5th in the league with 1,383 rushing yards...Added a career-best 43 receptions and was tops in the NFC (3rd in NFL) with 1,819 yards from scrim- mage...Finished with 122 yards and 3 rushing TDs, a team postseason record, in the NFC Championship at New Orleans.
Darius Reynaud: Signed as a rookie free agent made a splash in the return game in 2008, running back 8 kickoff s for 201 yards (25.1 avg)...The Vikings primary punt returner in 2009, he ranked 9th in the NFL with a 10.3 average (30 returns, 308 yards)...Returned 3 punts for 15 yards in playoff s...Switched from wide receiver to running back during the 2010 off season.
* Naufahu Tahi: Hard-nosed blocker who worked from practice squad in 2006 to a starter by 2008...Helped Adrian Peterson set a team rushing record in 2008 and lead the NFL in rushing TDs in ‘09...Had 10 receptions for 67 yards and a TD in the regular season.
Albert Young: Joined the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008 and spent the entire season on the practice squad...Saw time on special teams in 2009 while rushing for 53 yards on 12 carries...Made his postseason debut with a special teams tackle against Dallas.
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VIKINGS RUNNING BACKS VIKINGS WIDE RECEIVERS * Bernard Berrian: Acquired as a free agent from Chicago in 2008, quickly became an explosive player for the Vikings, setting a team record with 3 TDs of 80+ yards in his 1st season...Set a team record and tied an NFL mark with a 99-yard TD against the Bears on 11/30/08...Notched a career-high 7 TDs, while averaging 20.1 yards per catch...Hauled in 55 receptions for 618 yards and 4 TDs during the 2009 regular season...Added 12 grabs for 134 yards in the postseason.
Percy Harvin: Selected by the Vikings in the 1st round (#22) of the 2009 NFL Draft...Established a Vikings record for the most combined yards in a season with 2,081...Combined yardage total was the 7th-best in the NFL, while he ranked 4th in the league with a 27.5 kickoff return average (2nd among rook- ies)...Returned 2 kickoff s for TDs - a career and season high in Vikings history... Perhaps the top 1st-year receiver in the league, tied for 1st among all NFL rookies with 60 receptions and 790 receiving yards...Named Associated Press Off ensive Rookie of the Year and Pepsi Rookie of the Year...Finished the play- off s with 6 catches for 39 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 33 yards.
Jaymar Johnson: Impressive off season led to a spot on the 2009 Vikings’ opening day roster, after spending his ‘08 rookie season on the practice squad...Returned 16 punts for 134 yards in 2009 (8.4 average).
Greg Lewis: Has extensive playoff experience, seeing time in 11 games, in- cluding catching a TD in Super Bowl XXXIX...Played in 4th career NFC Cham- pionship game with the Vikings in 2009...Caught thrilling 32-yard TD pass from Brett Favre with :02 remaining to beat San Francisco (9/27/09) in the 1st Vikings home game of the 2009 season...Signed with Minnesota on 9/10/09... Familiar with Vikings head coach Brad Childress dating back to their days in Philadelphia...Traded from Philadelphia to New England on 3/5/09....Joined the Eagles as a rookie free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft.
* Sidney Rice: Ranked 4th in the NFL with 1,312 receiving yards during his breakout 2009 campaign, the 8th-highest total in team history...Ranked tied for 12th in the NFL with a team-best 83 receptions, while tying for 16th with 8 TD grabs...Racked up 201 receiving yards vs. Detroit, 176 against Baltimore, 136 at Pittsburgh and 112 vs. the New York Giants...His 201 yards is the 4th- most in team history and his 176 is 9th...Continued his coming out party in the 2009 playoff s, fi nishing with 10 catches for 184 yards and 4 TDs, including setting a Vikings postseason record and tying the NFL single-game playoff standard with 3 TD receptions vs. Dallas when he had 6 catches for 141 yards, the 5th-most in Vikings annals...Tied team postseason records for most TDs (3) and most points (18)... Originally rafted in the 2nd round (#44) in the 2007 NFL draft.
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VIKINGS SPECIALISTS P Chris Kluwe: 6th-year pro who has 126 career punts inside the 20, which is the 2nd-most of any Vikings punter...Enjoyed his best season in 2008 when he launched 33 punts over 50+ yards and had a 47.6-yard gross punting average, both Vikings records…...Holds the 3 highest team marks for 50+ yard punts in a season with 33, 29 and 22...Finished 2009 with 73 punts for a 43.9 avg., including 24 inside the 20.
K Rhys Lloyd: Signed by the Vikings on 3/9/10 to help in kicking game... Kickoff specialist who led the NFL with 30 touchbacks in 2008 and racked up another 21 in 2009 to rank 6th in the NFL...Will benefit from kicking inside the friendly confines of Mall of America Field...Spent time with Baltimore and Green Bay and also Franfurt of NFL Europe.
K Ryan Longwell: Ranked 2nd in the NFL with a 92.9 FG pct. in 2009, tops among kickers with at least 20 attempts...His 132 points on the year was a career-high and tied for the 2nd-most in team history...Named 2008 and 2009 Special Teams MVP with the Vikings…Currently ranks 15th in NFL history with 1,502 career points and is 16th with 322 made FGs…Connected on both of his FG attempts in the Divisional Round against Dallas...Joined the Vikings after leaving rival Green Bay in 2006.
LS Cullen Loeffl er: One of the more consistent long snappers in the league, the 7th year pro has been a member of the team since 2004…The former tight end has snapped on 4 of the 5 longest FGs in team history...Originally joined the Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2004.
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VIKINGS DEFENSIVE TACKLES DT Letroy Guion: 5th round selection in 2008 is in his 2nd NFL season…Is a key backup to All-Pro defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams…Youngest defensive lineman on the Vikings roster (22)…Has played in 9 NFL games... Logged 3 tackles and 7 QB hurries in 2009.
DT Jimmy Kennedy: Played in 13 games (1 start) in 2009, his 1st full sea- son with the Vikings...Matched his career high with 3.0 sacks while compiling 29 tackles, 4 TFLs and 7 QB hurries…Selected with the 12th overall pick (St. Louis) in 2003…Posted a sack in the Divisional Round.
* DT Kevin Williams: Known as one of the most dominate defensive line- man in the game, posted 55 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 36 QB hurries, a FF and a FR in 2009…Tied for the lead among all NFL DTs with his 6.0 sacks...The 9th overall pick in 2003 is a 5-time Pro Bowler over his 1st 7 NFL seasons, while he has been named a 1st Team All-Pro fi ve times...Named to the 2000s All-Decade Team...Notched 22 sacks during 1st 2 seasons in the NFL…Has scored 4 de- fensive touchdowns since becoming a member of the Vikings, which is tied for best in franchise history…Had a FR in the Divisional Round, while logging 6 tackles...Finished postseason with 14 tackles, 3 TFLs and 7 QB hurries.
* DT Pat Williams: Has the reputation for being one of the best run stoppers in all of pro football…Signed as a free agent (Buff alo) in 2005…Was selected to 3 straight Pro Bowls from 2006-08…Named a 2nd Team All-Pro in 2007… Key element in Vikings #1 ranked rush defense for a record 3 straight seasons (2006-08) and a unit that fi nished 2nd in 2009…Came into the NFL as an un- drafted free agent…His 185 career regular season games played ranks 3rd only to Brett Favre (289) and Ryan Longwell (208) for active Vikings players... Notched 62 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 8 TFLs, 2 FF and 4 QB hurries in 2009...Helped key a Vikings defense that set a team record by limiting Dallas to just 3 points in the Divisional Round.
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* DE Jared Allen: Acquired in an off season trade (Kansas City) in 2008, has amassed 29.0 sacks in a Vikings uniform…Led the team with 14.5 sacks in both 2008 and 2009…Is only the 2nd player in NFL history to have 3 consecu- tive seasons of 14+ sacks...Has earned 1st Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors for 3-straight seasons (2007-09)...Leads the NFL with 72.0 sacks since entering the league as a 2004 draft pick...Ranked 2nd in the NFL with 14.5 sacks in 2009...Compiled 79 tackles, 13 TFL, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and an INT in the regular season...Was disruptive against Dallas in the Divisional Round, fi nishing with 5.0 tackles, 1.0 sack, a TFL, 3 QB hurries, a FF and one pass defensed.
* DE Ray Edwards: 5th-year pro had a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2009, along with 75 tackles, 9 TFL and 3 forced fumbles…Led the team with 10 TFLs in 2008…Tied for the team lead in sacks (5) and forced fumbles (4) in ‘07…En- joyed the best game of his career in the Divsional Round, recording 3.0 sacks to tie the Vikings postseason record set by Hall of Famer Carl Eller...Set the team postseason record with 4.0 sacks in the 2009 playoff s...Tallied 12 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 3 TFLs, 2 forced fumbles and 7 QB hurries in the playoff s.
DE Everson Griff en: Selected with the 2nd pick in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the 100th player selected overall...Was the only defensive lineman of the drafted by the Vikings in 2010...Declared for the draft after his junior season.
DE Brian Robison: Recorded 3.0 of his 4.5 sacks in 2009 over the Vikings last 4 games...Was the Vikings’ 4th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft…Named to the 2007 Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team…Notched a career-high 1.5 sacks vs. Green Bay in Week 4...Compiled 12 tackles and 13 QB hurries on the year... Helped the Vikings set a team record by holding Dallas to just 3 points in the Divisional Round.
DE Jayme Mitchell: Has spent 4 seasons with the Vikings after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2006…In 2007, became the only undrafted rookie in team history to post 2.0+ sacks in a game...Missed 2008 season with knee injury...Had 3 tackles and 5 QB hurries in 2009. DE Mike Montgomery: Signed by Vikings as a free agent on 3/30/10 to pro- vide depth along the defensive front...Had most productive season in 2008 when he started career-best 8 games and notched 2.5 sacks with career-high 71 tackles...Battled injuries in 2006 and 2007 but rebounded to have strong 2008 campaign...Saw action in 12 games as a rookie in 2005...Originally draft- ed in 6th round (#180) by Green Bay in 2005.
DT Fred Evans: Joined the Vikings during the 2007 off season after a one year stay in Miami…Received playing time in all 16 regular season games in 2008 and started the Wild Card playoff game against Philadelphia...Notched 11 tackles and 5 QB hurries in 13 contests this season...Finished with 6 tackles, 2 TFLs and 5 QB hurries in postseason.
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VIKINGS DEFENSIVE ENDS
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VIKINGS DEFENSIVE BACKS S Husain Abdullah: Led the Vikings in special teams tackles as a rookie with 24 in 2008 and added 17 in 2009…Picked up his 1st career sack vs. Seattle (11/22)...Tied for the team lead with 5 special teams tackles in the 2009 post- season.
CB Asher Allen: Vikings 3rd round pick in 2009 played a role on special teams and provided depth in an experienced secondary…Played in his 1st career game at Pittsburgh (10/25) and had 1.0 sack and a FF...Notched his 1st career INT vs. Seattle (11/22)...Played in 10 games (1 start), notching 23 tackles and 2 passes defensed...Made his postseason debut against Dallas, contributing a tackle.
CB Chris Cook: Selected 34th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft...Was the high- est CB drafted by the Vikings since Dewayne Washington was taken with the 18th overall pick in 1994...Is the 1st University of Virginia draftee selected by the Vikings.
S Eric Frampton: The 4th-year pro has been a consistent contributor on spe- cial teams…Has 59 special teams tackles since joining the Vikings in ‘07, the most on the team during that time…Tied for the team lead with 5 special teams tackles in the 2009 postseason.
* CB Cedric Griffi n: Led the Vikings with a career-high 4 INTs in 2009…Also had 71 tackles, 2 FFs and 8 passes defensed...The 4th-year player set a career- high in tackles in 2008 with 100, while ranking 2nd on the team with 13 pass- es defended…Finished with 11 tackles and a pass defensed in postseason... Was a 2nd round draft pick in 2006.
* S Tyrell Johnson: 3rd-year player who started 15 games in 2009 after re- placing veteran Darren Sharper…Picked up his 1st career INT as a rookie in 2008, picking off Drew Brees...Was the only Vikings rookie to start a game in ‘08 and played in every game, including the postseason…Was the Vikings 1st selection (2nd round, #43) in 2008...Had 71 tackles, 7 passes defensed and an INT in 2009...Made his 1st career playoff start against Dallas and helped the Vikings set a team record by allowing just 3 points.
S Jamarca Sanford: The 5th and fi nal member of the Vikings ’09 draft class provides secondary depth and special teams help…Was the SEC’s active tack- les leader during his career...Played in his 1st career game at Detroit (9/20) and made his 1st NFL start vs. Cincinnati (12/13)...Had 15 tackles and 19 special teams stops on the season, while seeing action in 14 contests...Logged a spe- cial teams tackle against Dallas in his postseason debut.
CB Benny Sapp: Nickel back brings his scrappy play to the Vikings second- ary…Played in all 16 games in 2009, including a career-high 7 starts...Finished with 55 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2 FF and 7 passes defensed... Was a teammate of Chad Greenway at Iowa…Joined the Vikings in 2008 after coming over from Kan- sas City, where he played with Vikings DE Jared Allen...Started both playoff games in 2009 and fi nished with 5 tackles.
CB Lito Sheppard: Signed as a free agent in April 2010...Seasoned veteran has the 2nd-most career INTs among any active Vikings with 19...Holds NFL record with 2 INT returns of 100+ yards...Has 3 career INT-return TDs...Has been named to a pair of Pro Bowls, going to the all-star game following the 2004 and 2005 seasons...Selected with the #26 overall pick by Philadelphia in 2002.
* S Madieu Williams: A free-agent signing in 2008 (Cincinnati), the 6-year veteran directs traffi c in the Vikings secondary…Notched 76 tackles, 6 passes defensed and one FR while starting all 16 games in 2009…Finished 2009 postseason with 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops...Native of Sierra Leone moved to the USA at age 9.
* CB Antoine Winfi eld: Known as one of the most physical corners in the game, logged 58 tackles, 2 TFLs, an INT, a FF and a team-high 9 passes de- fensed in 2009...Missed 6 games due to injury...Earned 1st Pro Bowl berth in 2008, and was a 2nd-Team AP All-Pro after recording 96 tackles (career-best 9.0 TFLs)...Scored a TD in 3 straight seasons from 2006-08…Helped shut down the Dallas WRs as the Vikings set a team record by alowing just 3 points in the Divisional Round win...Joined the Vikings after leaving the Buff alo Bills in 2004.
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VIKINGS LINEBACKERS Jasper Brinkley: Rookie from South Carolina started the last 4 games of the regular season for an injured E.J. Henderson, beginning in Week 14 vs. Cincin- nati...Vikings traded up in the 5th round of the 2009 draft to select the hard- hitting linebacker...Also saw time on special teams, playing in all 16 games as a rookie...Logged 31 defensive tackles (including 1 TFL) and 3 QB hurries... Made his playoff debut in the Divisional Round against Dallas, fi nishing with 7 tackles and a TFL.
Heath Farwell: Special teams ace earned his 1st career Pro Bowl nod in 2009... Has a total of 91 career special teams tackles in his 4 seasons…Special Teams MVP during the 2006 and 2007 season, missed the ‘08 season with a knee in- jury before bouncing back with huge ‘09 campaign...After tying for the team lead with 24 special teams tackles during the regular season, tied for team honors with 3 against Dallas.
* Chad Greenway: Led the team with 6 takeaways in 2009, ranking tied for 3rd in the NFL with 3 FRs...Also tied for 2nd among all NFL linebackers with 3 INTs...Posted the 15th all-time 3-takeaway game by a Viking and only the 3rd by a linebacker with his 2 INTs and a FR at Detroit (9/20/09)…Has led the Vikings in tackles each of the last 2 years, recording 150 in 2008 and 127 in ‘09...The 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft, he missed his rookie season after suff ering a knee injury in the 1st preseason game...Notched 17 tackles and 1.0 sack in the postseason.
* E.J. Henderson: Was named a team captain in 2009 for the 2nd-straight sea- son…Led the team with 100 tackles and led or tied for the team lead in tack- les 8 times before suff ering a season-ending leg injury at Arizona…Joined the Vikings in 2003 as a 2nd round draft pick.
Erin Henderson: The younger Henderson brother found himself on the Vi- kings roster for the 2nd year…The one time rookie free agent saw his fi rst action in Week 14 vs. Cincinnati and played in 2 games.
* Ben Leber: Tied for NFL lead in fumble recoveries (4) in ’08…Had 70 tackles, 6 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 5 QB hurries and 9 passes defensed in 2009...Had 2 take- aways against Dallas with a FR and an INT, the 1st pick of his playoff career... Also led the team with 10 tackles, while logging a TFL and 2 passes defensed... Led the team with 18 tackles in postseason...One of 2 starters from the state of South Dakota; the other is fellow LB Chad Greenway.
Kenny Onatolu: Former CFL star had his 1st taste of the NFL in 2009...Tied for the Vikings lead with 24 special teams tackles, including a club-best 19 solo stops...Had a special teams stop vs. Dallas in his postseason debut and recovered a special teams fumble at New Orleans.
Nate Triplett: Selected in the fi fth round of the 2010 NFL Draft as the #167 overall pick...Became the 1st Golden Gopher drafted by the Vikings in a de- cade, since Tyrone Carter in 2000.
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Starters Returning ..............................................................................................................22
Receiving TD................................................................................ Visanthe Shiancoe (11)
Field Goals ...................................................................Ryan Longwell (26/28 FG, 52 lg)
Punts ................................................................................................Chris Kluwe (43.9 avg)
Vikings Franchise Celebrates 50th Season Coming off one of the most exciting seasons in franchise history, the Vikings and their fan base will be celebrating a milestone of profes- sional football in Minnesota. On January 28, 1960, Minnesota was granted an expansion NFL franchise at the league owners’ meetings in Miami. The city of Dallas was also awarded a franchise on this date.
Leading the charge to bring the NFL to Min- nesota was the franchise’s founding group - Max Winter, E. William Boyer, H.P. Skoglund, Ole Haugsrud and Bernard H. Ridder, Jr.
The franchise hired its fi rst general manager – former Los Angeles Rams Pub- lic Relations Director Bert Rose – in the summer of 1960 and soon after the team was given its nickname. The nickname “Vikings” was chosen by Rose and the franchise’s founders because it represented both an aggressive per- son with the will to win and the Nordic tradition in the Upper Midwest.
The franchise then selected its fi rst head coach – Norm Van Brocklin – and prepared for its inaugural season by conducting its fi rst college draft in De- cember of 1960 and participating in the expansion draft following the 1960 season. The club was then assigned to the NFL’s Western Conference in April of 1961 and then fi nally played its fi rst game against the Dallas Cowboys in Sioux Falls, SD, on August 5, 1961, a preseason contest the Cowboys won 38-13.
The franchise’s fi rst regular season game was a stunning upset, as the Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 37-13 at Met Stadium in a game that saw future Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton come off the bench and throw 4 TDs to lead the Vikings to victory.
Over the past half-century, the Vikings have generated and fostered a deep tradition of football that has entertained and endeared a passionate fan base. The Vikings, with legendary head coach Bud Grant patrolling the sidelines, won an NFL title in 1969 and then dominated the 1970s by winning 8 division titles and appearing in 4 Super Bowls.
In total over the past 50 years, the Vikings have made 26 playoff appearances, won 18 division titles and have played in just 2 stadiums – Met Stadium and the HHH Metrodome, which is now named Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome.
The 2010 season constitutes the Vikings 50th season, and the franchise will embark on a season-long celebration to honor past achievements, unforget- table teams, great players and a deep-rooted football tradition that is en- joyed by a passionate fan base.
Since Brad Childress took over in 2006, the Vikings have increased their win total by two games each season and have steadily improved their off ensive output. The team has increased in the following off ensive categories each of the past four seasons: 2006 2007 2008 2009
Points Scored 282 365 379 470 Off ensive TD 25 34 37 53 3rd Down Conversion % 33.1% 34.5% 39.5% 44.9% Average Yds Per Pass 5.4 5.8 6.0 7.1 Punts 94 81 74 73
PRIME TIME OPENER IS READY-MADE REMATCH The Vikings will face the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints to open the 2010 season. The Vikings have played the defending Super Bowl champs the past 2 seasons. The game at New Orleans will be a rematch of the NFC Championship game from January 24, 2010, at the Superdome. The game at New Orleans will mark the 5th time in Vikings history the team has had a rematch of the NFC Championship game from the previous season. It will be the 2nd time the Vikings have opened the following season against the team they lost to in the NFC Championship game, the last time coming in the 1999 season opener at Atlanta following the 1998 NFC Championship game.
The Vikings will open the season on a Thursday night prime time game for the 1st time in team history. The Vikings have played 10 games on Thursday nights but have not opened the season in a Thursday night sho