The Vikings chose Adrian Peterson with the seveth pick of the 2007 draft. The last Oklahoma running back to be chosen higher by any NFL team was Billy Sims, who was the top overall pick by the Lions in 1980
The Vikings were founded in 1961 when the ownership group withdrew its franchise application with the AFL and instead joined the rival NFL.
Hall-of-Fame Defensive Tackle and former Viking, Alan Page was the first player inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame who had grown up in Canton, Ohio where the Hall-of-Fame resides. The second player to accomplish this was Dan Dierdorf. Incidentally, Alan Page also worked construction on the actual Pro Football Hall-of-Fame building, long before he would enter it as an inductee.
In 2007 running backs Adrian Peterson (1,341 yards) and Chester Taylor (844 yards) became the first teammates in Vikings’ history to combine for more than 2,000 rushing yards
Adrian Peterson’s Oklahoma teammate Rufus Alexander was also drafted by the Vikings in the same draft that they took Peterson. Alexander was drafted in the sixth round.
Original Quarterback Fran Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967 for a 1st and 2nd round draft pick in 1967, a 1st round pick in 1968, and a 2nd round pick in 1969. Then, in 1972 the Vikings traded Norm Snead, Bob Grim, Vince Clements, a 1st round draft pick in 1972, and a 1st round draft pick in 1973 to get Tarkenton back.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is the only lineman in Vikings’ history to score 4 touchdowns on returns (2 interceptions and 2 fumbles)