Posted 5 years ago
On December 20th, 2010 the Minnesota Vikings were forced to play a home game against the Chicago Bears at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium because the Metrodome had collapsed. The night had long been planned as the night the 50 greatest Vikings would be announced and in attendance. It turned out to be the perfect way to celebrate our historic past as winter warriors. The Vikings played outside for the first 20 years of the franchise (1961-81). I was in attendance and took these pictures. From left to right are: Daunte Culpepper, Robert Smith, John Randle, Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, Henry Thomas, Keith Millard, Chris Doleman, Anthony Carter, Carl Lee, Joey Browner, Steve Jordan, Tim Irwin, Scott Studwell, Tommy Kramer, Sammy White, Ahmad Rashad, Matt Blair, Chuck Foreman, Jeff Siemon, John Gilliam, Matt Blair, Stu Voigt, Ed White, Wally Hilgenberg's son...Wally passed away in 2008 of ALS, Gene Washington, Alan Page, Bobby Bryant, Dave Osborn, Gary Larsen, Carl Eller, Fred Cox, Roy Winston, Mick Tinglehoff, Ed Sharockman, Bill Brown, Jim Marshall....and the original Viking mascot...Hub Meeds. Not pictured are: Grady Alderman, Fran Tarkenton, Gary Zimmerman, Randy Moss, Matt Birk, Hall of Fame Head Coach Bud Grant, Steve Hutchinson, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen, and Kevin Williams. The last five of which were in the locker room at the time. The second picture is our famed Purple People Eaters defensive line of the 1970s. Jim Marshall, Alan Page, Gary Larsen, Carl Eller, and Doug Sutherland who replaced Larsen in 1975.