The 2014 NFL draft is underway and many fans of American football are getting excited about the upcoming season. Fans of the Minnesota Vikings are no exception, and with their team selecting Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 draft, many are beginning to speculate what the new season will bring.
The 2014 season will certainly be an interesting one for the Vikings, with a new head coach and temporary home stadium for the boys in purple-they will be playing their home games for the next two years at TCF Bank stadium at the University of Minnesota, all while they wait for their new stadium to be built in time for the 2016 season. Here are some other fun factoids on the Minnesota Vikings football club.
The great eluder
The Minnesota Vikings started playing ball in 1961; there have been some awful squads in terms of winning, but there has generally been more winning for the Minnesota Vikings throughout their over fifty year history.
The team has appeared in more playoffs than most, and have been in more Super Bowls than other squads, with the Cowboys, Steelers, and Packers being some of the exceptions.
Even with division titles, playoff wins, and Super Bowl appearances, there always has been one thing left unsatisfied and sour for Vikings fans around the world: a league championship. The Lombardi Trophy has been sought after for many years, and just when it has appeared evident that the boys will win it, another grasps the Super Bowl championship.
There have been many stupendous players to put on the Vikings jersey, from Randy Moss to Cris Carter, Jim Marshall to Adrian Peterson, the list has grown to be quite long. Of the many legends of Vikings lure, perhaps Fran Tarkenton captains the ship.
In August of 1986, Tarkenton becomes the first Vikings player into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Forever the Coach
Bud Grant has had more success than any other coach in the team’s history. When Bud was the coach for the Vikings during the regular season, he compiled a record of 158-96-5.
Vikings get 15 wins in 1998
During the 1998 season, the Vikings racked up the most regular season wins in one season in team history with a 15-1 record. The team eventually lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship match, but made history nonetheless.