1961 Minnesota Vikings Roster

National Football League (NFL)
Team Record: 3-11
Finishing 7th in the NFL's West Division
Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (3-11)
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
1961 Minnesota Vikings Statistics
1961 Minnesota Vikings Results

The Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League ended the 1961 season with a record of 3 wins and 11 losses, finishing seventh in the NFL's West Division.

The Vikings chalked up 285 points, but the wobbly defensive unit conceded 407, most in the circuit. Hugh McElhenny carried the ball for a team-best 570 yards for Minnesota.

Fran Tarkenton threw for 1,997 yards. Jerry Reichow snagged 50 passes for 859 yards.

The opportunistic defense pounced on 45 turnovers. Rip Hawkins picked off 5 opponent throws.

Norm Van Brocklin coached the team.

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# Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight College Hometown GP GS
67Grady AldermanLTDecember 10, 19386'2"247Detroit MercyDetroit, MI USA1414
73Bill BishopDT-TMay 8, 19316'4"248North TexasBorger, TX USA100
23Jamie CalebHB-FBOctober 29, 19366'1"210Grambling St.Calhoun, LA USA100
71Ed CulpepperRDTJanuary 21, 19346'1"255AlabamaBradenton, FL USA1414
62Bob DentonDE-TJuly 24, 19346'3"244PacificFresno, CA USA140
25Dean DerbyDBJune 11, 19356'0"185WashingtonLeavenworth, WA USA80
76Paul DicksonDT-TFebruary 26, 19376'5"252BaylorWaco, TX USA70
44Billy GaultHBDecember 19, 19366'1"185TCUMonroe, LA USA40
50Dick GrecniLBMarch 27, 19386'1"230OhioAkron, OH USA120
28Dick HaleyDB-HB-EOctober 2, 19375'10"183PittsburghMidway, PA USA40
58Rip HawkinsMLBApril 21, 19396'3"235North CarolinaWinchester, TN USA1413
32Ray HayesFBMay 25, 19356'3"235Md-Eastern ShorePawhuska, OK USA130
65Jerry HuthLGJuly 23, 19336'0"226Wake ForestFloyds Knobs, IN USA1414
41Gene JohnsonDBSeptember 18, 19356'0"187CincinnatiClay, WV USA40
83Don JoyceRDEOctober 8, 19296'3"253TulaneSteubenville, OH USA147
52Bill LaphamCFebruary 2, 19346'5"238DrakeDes Moines, IA USA1413
59Jim LeoDE-LBJune 18, 19376'1"225CincinnatiNiagara Falls, NY USA140
70Jim MarshallLDEDecember 30, 19376'4"248Ohio St.Danville, KY USA1414
20Tommy MasonKRJuly 8, 19396'1"196TulaneLake Charles, LA USA130
35Doug MayberryFBMarch 23, 19376'1"220CaliforniaArbuckle, CA USA40
39Hugh McElhennyHBDecember 31, 19286'1"195WashingtonLos Angeles, CA USA1313
18Mike MercerKNovember 21, 19356'0"220MinnesotaAlgona, IA USA140
84Dave MiddletonWRNovember 23, 19336'1"194AuburnBirmingham, AL USA1211
40Jack MorrisLCBNovember 1, 19316'0"189OregonWhite City, KS USA1414
24Rich MostardoLSJuly 1, 19385'11"188Charleston (WV)Bryn Mawr, PA USA119
88Fred MurphyEFebruary 20, 19386'3"205Georgia TechAtlanta, GA USA130
31Clancy OsborneLLBNovember 23, 19346'3"218Arizona St.Lubbock, TX USA1411
22Dick PesonenRCBJune 10, 19386'0"190MinnesotaGrand Rapids, MI USA1111
66Ken PetersenGMarch 26, 19396'2"235UtahLogan, UT USA120
79Jim PrestelLDTJune 28, 19376'5"275IdahoIndianapolis, IN USA1414
64Mike RaboldRGMarch 12, 19376'2"239IndianaChicago, IL USA1414
89Jerry ReichowWRMay 19, 19346'2"217IowaDecorah, IA USA1410
47Justin RowlandDBMay 10, 19376'2"188TCUHamlin, TX USA50
54Karl RubkeRLBDecember 6, 19356'4"240USCLos Angeles, CA USA1313
85Bob SchnelkerEOctober 17, 19286'3"214Bowling GreenGalion, OH USA60
45Ed SharockmanDBNovember 4, 19396'0"200PittsburghSt. Clair, PA USA10
14George ShawQBJuly 25, 19336'1"183OregonPortland, OR USA84
43Will ShermanDBOctober 20, 19276'2"190St. Mary's (CA)Weed, CA USA80
77Lebron ShieldsDE-TJuly 23, 19376'4"250TennesseeWalker County, GA USA60
87Gordie SmithTEApril 9, 19396'2"220Arizona St.Douglas, AZ USA98
26Charlie SumnerRSOctober 19, 19306'1"194William & MaryRadford, VA USA1312
10Fran TarkentonQBFebruary 3, 19406'0"190GeorgiaRichmond, VA USA1410
33Mel TriplettFBDecember 24, 19316'1"215ToledoIndianola, MS USA148
82A.D. WilliamsE-FLNovember 21, 19336'2"210PacificLittle Rock, AR USA130
72Frank YousoRTJuly 5, 19366'4"257MinnesotaInternational Falls, MN USA1413


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