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About The Minnesota Vikings
A professional American football team based in Minneapolis Minnesota, the Minnesota Vikings are at present members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team plays their home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings derive their name from the Nordic peoples, ancestors to the large population of Scandinavian Americans who have made Minnesota their home. The colors of their uniforms are purple, gold, and white.
Since joining the NFL as an expansion team in 1961, the Vikings have topped their division 16 times. Although they became the first team to appear in four Super Bowls, they also earned the dubious distinction of being the first to lose four Super Bowls. In 1970, they were beaten by Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7. In 1974 the Minnesota Vikings got the better of them, while in 1975 and 1977 the Vikings lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Riders respectively. Bud Grant was the head coach of the team during this period.
The Vikings took quite long to make their presence felt in the NFL, producing only one winning record in their first seven seasons. Things changed for the better in the late 1960s when they became one of the most consistently successful franchises in the NFL. The 1970s under Bud Grant saw the team appearing in four Super Bowls.
Fran Tarkenton became the most prolific passer in NFL history, during his 15 years in the league. Dan Marino of the Minnesota Vikings later surpassed Tarkenton’s feat in 1995. The Vikings also put together one of the strongest defenses in NFL history comprising players like linemen Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, and Alan Page who were known to “devour” opposing attackers. This fierce band of defenders came to be known as the Purple People Eaters.
The Vikings dominated the NFC Central Division during 1969-1976. Alan Page became the first defensive player to receive the most valuable player (MVP) award in 1971. On his return to the team in 1972 after five years, Tarkenton played a key role in the Vikings’ three Super Bowl appearances. He was named the most valuable player in 1975.
With many star players calling it a day by 1979, the Vikings went through a brief lean patch, but recovered soon recovered with the arrival of new stars. From the mid-1980s through the late 1990s, the Vikings performed consistently well. The players who shone during this period were Tommy Kramer, Warren Moon, Wade Wilson, Anthony Carter, Joey Browner, Chris Doleman, Keith Millard, and John Randle.
In October 2005, the Vikings were rocked by a major scandal amid allegations that several Vikings players were involved in inappropriate sexual behavior during a cruise on Lake Minnetonka adversely affecting the club’s drive for public funding to build a new stadium in Anoka County.