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Vikings Trivia (8-5-09)

When former Quarterback Fran Tarkenton retired after the 1978 season he held the NFL records for passing attempts, passing completions, total passing yards, and passing touchdowns.

Daily Vikings Trivia (8/3/09)

The Vikings chose a running back in the first round for the 10th time in 2007 when they took Adrian Peterson with the seventh pick. The only two running backs they selected with a higher pick were Tommy Mason, who was the first draft pick in Vikings history, and #1 overall in 1961, and Clinton Jones who was # 2 overall.

Weekly Trivia

Weekly Trivia

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)

Weekly Vikings Trivia

Weekly Trivia

The Vikings Defense was at one-time known as the Purple People Eaters.

Four offensive players were chosen ahead of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2007.  They were QB Jamarcus Russell (Raiders), WR Calvin Johnson (Lions), OT Joe Thomas (Browns), and OT Levi Brown (Cardinals)

Veteren Tight End Jim Kleinsasser’s 2 yard TD catch against Washington in week 16 of 2007 marked his first scoring reception since 2003.

Longest Field Goal In Vikings History:  Ryan Longwell kicked a 55 yard field goal in 2007

Most Throwing TD’s in a game in Vikings History:   Joe Kapp, 1969 tossed 7 TDs.

Adrian Peterson played college football at the University of Oklahoma

The 2007 Vikings equaled a club record (first set in 1998) with 19 plays – including rushing, receiving, and returns – of 50 yards or more

Weekly Vikings Trivia

  • Running back Adrian Peterson was the Vikings’ first pick for the 2007 draft, and the #7 pick overall
  • Hall-of-Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton started and ended his career with the Vikings, but in the middle he played for the New York Giants.
  • Former Vikings Running Back D.J. Dozier also played baseball in the New York Mets system.
  • The Vikings led the NFL when they averaged 164.6 rushing yards per game in 2007. That was more than 15 yards better than runner-up Jacksonville (149.4)
  • The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson was one of only two running backs selected in the first round of the 2007 draft. The other was Marshawn Lynch of the Buffalo Bills, picked 12th overall.
  • The Vikings set a club record when they rushed for 2,634 yards in 2007. The previous best of 2,507 yards was set by the 2002 squad.
  • In 1960 the Minnesota Vikings franchise was given to owner Max Winter in exchange for him backing out of his plans to buy an expansion team in the AFL and putting it in Minnesota.