Established: January 28, 1960; 58 years ago
First season: 1961
Play in U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minnesota
Head coach: Mike Zimmer
NFL Championships (pre-1970 AFL–NFL merger) 1969
NFL Western: 1969. NFC: 1973, 1974, 1976
NFL Central: 1968, 1969. NFC Central: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000. NFC North: 2008, 2009, 2015, 2017
NFL: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2017
The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team that plays in the NFL. They are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team joined the National Football League in 1960 as an expansion team. It is part of the National Football Conference (NFC) North division (NFL).
Establishment and History
The NFL added the Minnesota Vikings as an expansion team in 1960. They joined the league at the same time as the Dallas Cowboys. Max Winter, a businessman from Minneapolis, and Bill Boyer, who used to work in public relations for the Washington Redskins, came up with the idea for the team. The team’s first season was in 1961 in Bloomington, Minnesota, at Metropolitan Stadium.
The Vikings didn’t make the playoffs in their first ten years as a team because they were having trouble. But when head coach Bud Grant took over in 1967, it was the start of a new era for the team. Under Grant’s leadership, the Vikings were always in the running for the playoffs. In the 1970s, they went to four Super Bowls, but they lost all of them.
The famous “Hail Mary” pass from quarterback Roger Staubach to wide receiver Drew Pearson, which helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Vikings in the 1975 playoffs, is one of the most famous events in Vikings history. In 1998, the team also scored the most points in a single season (a record that was broken by the New England Patriots in 2007).
The Vikings played at Metropolitan Stadium until 1982, when they moved to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The team played at the Metrodome until it was torn down in 2013 to make room for U.S. Bank Stadium. The new stadium opened in 2016, and it can hold more than 66,000 people. It has a fixed roof and a large glass wall that gives amazing views of the skyline of downtown Minneapolis.
The Pro Football Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, John Randle, and Cris Carter were all on the Vikings at different times in their history. Daunte Culpepper, Randall Cunningham, and Brett Favre are just a few of the team’s great quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins at quarterback, Dalvin Cook at running back, and Adam Thielen at wide receiver are all stars for the Vikings right now.
The Vikings have had a number of famous head coaches over the years, including Bud Grant, who led the team to four Super Bowls in the 1970s, and Denny Green, who was in charge when the team set an NFL record for most points scored in a single season in 1998. Mike Zimmer has been the team’s head coach since 2014, and he has taken the Vikings to the playoffs several times.
The Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions, and the Green Bay Packers are some of the teams that the Minnesota Vikings play against in the NFC North. Since their first game against each other in 1961, the Bears and Packers have played each other more than 100 times. In recent years, the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints have become bitter rivals. This is because the Saints beat the Vikings in a controversial playoff game in 2010 with a late field goal.
Fans of the Minnesota Vikings are known to be some of the most passionate in the NFL. People often call the team’s fans the “Purple People Eaters,” which was the name given to the legendary Vikings defensive line in the 1970s. Since 1998, all of the team’s home games have been sold out.
The fans are some of the most passionate and loyal in the NFL. It’s a tradition for them to wear purple and gold to games, and they have a famous “Skol” chant that can be heard all over U.S. Bank Stadium and beyond. The Minnesota Vikings will be a strong team in the NFL for many years to come because they have a long history, a good team, and a strong fan base.