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    The 1961 Minnesota Vikings

    Well, I was bored today so i started searching for what the Vikings did their first year in the league... here is a lot of info I found fascinating. If you all like this I may just go through each year and post a topic on it. IF you are going to reply please do not quote because it is really long, thanks

    EDIT: Well, the Quarter and points per quarter are not lining up correctly, but i bet you can figure it out.

    1961 Draft Picks

    Round 1 (1st Overall): RB Tommy Mason from Tulane
    Round 2 (15th Overall): LB Rip Hawkins from North Carolina
    Round 3 (29th Overall): QB Fran Tarkenton from Georgia
    Round 4 (43rd Overall): RB Chuck Lamson from Wyoming
    Round 5 (57th Overall): CB Ed Sharockman from Pittsburgh
    Round 6 (71st Overall): End Jerry Burch from Georgia Tech
    Round 7 (85th Overall): End Allan Ferrie from Wagner
    Round 8 (99th Overall): T Paul Lidquist from New Hampshire
    Round 9 (113th Overall): T Dan Sheehan from Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Round 10 (127th Overall): RB Doug Mayberry from Utah State
    Round 11 (141st Overall): T Jerry Mays from Southern Methodist
    Round 12 (155th Overall): End Steve Stonebreaker from Detroit
    Round 13 (169th Overall): RB Ray Hayes from Central State (OK)
    Round 14 (183rd Overall): T Ken Peterson from Utah
    Round 15 (197th Overall): End Mike Mercer from Arizona State
    Round 16 (211th Overall): RB Ted Karpowicz from Detroit
    Round 17 (225th Overall): Back Willie Jones from Purdue
    Round 18 (239th Overall): T Bob Voight from Cal State-Los Angeles
    Round 19 (253rd Overall): RB Bill Hill from Presbyterian
    Round 20 (267th Overall): QB Mike McFarland from Western Illinois

    Starting Lineup

    Coach: Norm Van Brocklin

    (Offense)

    Wide Receiver: Dave Middleton
    Left Tackle: Grady Alderman
    Left Guard: Jerry Huth
    Center: Bill Lapham
    Right Guard: Mike Raboid
    Right Tackle: Frank Youso
    Tight End: Gordon Smith
    Wide Receiver: Jerry Reichow
    Quarterback: Fran Tarkenton
    Running Back: Hugh McElhenny
    Full Back: Mel Triplett

    (Defense)

    Left Defensive End: Jim Marshall
    Left Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle: Jim Prestel
    Right Defensive Tackle/Right Defensive End: Ed Culpepper
    Right Defensive End/Left Outside Linebacker: Don Joyce
    Left Linebacker/left Inside Linebacker: Clancy Osborne
    Middle Linebacker/Right Inside Linebacker: Rip Hawkins
    Right Linebacker/Right Outside Linebacker: Karl Rubke
    Left Cornerback: Jack Morris
    Right Cornerback: Dick Pesonen
    Strong Safety/Left Safety: Rich Mostardo
    Free Safety/Right Safety: Charlie Summer


    The Games: Season 3-11

    Sunday, September 17





    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Chicago 0 6 0 7 13
    Minnesota 3 7 14 13 37

    17 First Downs
    Rushing: 79 yards on 29 carries
    Passing: 27 attempts, 19 completions and 0 interceptions

    Fran Tarkenton 250 yards, 4 Touchdowns

    Sunday, September 24








    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota 0 7 0 0 7
    Dallas 7 7 0 7 21

    16 First Downs
    Rushing: 125 yards on 25 carries
    Passing: 30 attempts, 17 completions and 3 interceptions

    Sunday, October 1

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota 3 10 10 10 33
    Baltimore 7 7 7 13 34

    21 First Downs
    Rushing: 124 yards on 37 carries
    Passing: 30 attempts, 17 completions and 0 interceptions

    Sunday, October 8

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Dallas 7 7 0 7 21
    Minnesota 0 7 0 0 7

    14 First Downs
    Rushing: 83 yards on 23 carries
    Passing: 26 attempts, 12 completions and 3 interceptions

    Sunday, October 15





    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    San Francisco 7 7 10 14 38
    Minnesota



    7 10 7 0 24

    12 First Downs
    Rushing: 118 yards on 24 carries
    Passing: 29 attempts, 13 completions and 0 interceptions

    Sunday, October 22

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Green Bay 10 3 3 17 33
    Minnesota 0 7 0 0 7

    18 First Downs
    Rushing: 149 yards on 34 carries
    Passing: 35 attempts, 19 completions and 4 interceptions

    Sunday, October 29

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota 0 7 3 0 10
    Green Bay 14 7 0 7 18

    13 First Downs
    Rushing: 142 yards on 27 carries
    Passing: 25 attempts, 19 completions and 0 interceptions

    Sunday, November 5





    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota




    7 3 7 0 17
    Los Angeles 14 3 0 14 31

    21 First Downs
    Rushing: 253 yards on 39 carries
    Passing: 22 attempts, 12 completions and 2 interceptions


    Sunday, November 12

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Baltimore 0 14 3 3 20
    Minnesota 7 7 7 7 28

    19 First Downs
    Rushing: 159 yards on 43 carries
    Passing: 18 attempts, 11 completions and 1 interception

    Sunday, November 19

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Detroit 0 14 9 14 37
    Minnesota 10 0 0 0 10

    8 First Downs
    Rushing: 69 yards on 21 carries
    Passing: 24 attempts, 13 completions and 2 interceptions

    Sunday, November 26





    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota




    0 14 7 7 28
    San Francisco 14 10 7 7 38

    20 First Downs
    Rushing: 121 yards on 28 carries
    Passing: 24 attempts, 14 completions and 0 interceptions

    Sunday, December 3





    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Los Angeles 0 14 7 0 21
    Minnesota



    7 14 14 7 42

    27 First Downs
    Rushing: 210 yards on 44 carries
    Passing: 31 attempts, 21 completions and 1 interception

    Fran Tarkenton 252 yards and 4 Touchdowns

    Sunday, December 10

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota 0 0 7 0 7
    Detroit 0 7 3 3 13

    18 First Downs
    Rushing: 116 yards on 33 carries
    Passing: 34 attempts, 15 completions and 0 interceptions

    Sunday, December 17

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

    Minnesota 14 7 7 7 35
    Chicago 7 14 24 7 52

    12 First Downs
    Rushing: 149 yards on 24 carries
    Passing: 22 attempts, 12 completions and 1 interception

    Western Conference

    Green Bay 11-3
    Detroit 8-5-1
    Baltimore 8-6
    Chicago 8-6
    San Francisco 7-6-1
    Los Angeles 4-10
    Minnesota 3-11

    Viking Conference Placement if in the top 5

    QB Fran Tarkenton in 3rd place for TD Passes with 18
    RB Tommy Mason in 4th place for Punt Return Average with 10.4 yards
    WR Jerry Reichow in 4th place for TD Receptions with 11

    No Pro Bowl Selections in 1961
    No All-Pro Team Selections in 1961

    Some Stats

    QB Fran Tarkenton, 1961, 14 games.

    (Passing)
    157 of 280, 56% for 1,997 yards, average 7.1 yards.
    18 Touchdowns and 17 Interceptions
    (Rushing)
    56 attempts for 308 yards, average 5.5 yards and 5 Touchdowns

    WR Jerry Reichow, 1961, 14 games.

    (Receiving)
    50 receptions for 859 yards (average of 17.2 yards) and 11 Touchdowns
    (Rushing)
    4 attempts for 9 yards (average of 3 yards)

    WR Dave Middleton, 1961, 12 games.

    (Receiving)
    30 receptions for 444 yards, (average of 14.8 yards) and 2 Touchdowns

    RB Hugh McElhenny, 1961, 13 games.

    (Rushing)
    120 attempts for 570 yards, average 4.8 yards and 3 Touchdowns
    (Receiving)
    37 receptions for 283 yards, average 7.6 yards and 3 Touchdowns

    TE Gordon Smith, 1961, 9 games.

    (Receiving)
    12 yards for 320 yards (average of 26.7 yards) and 4 Touchdowns

    FB Mel Triplett, 1961, 14 games.

    (Rushing)
    80 attempts for 407 yards, average 5.1 yards and 2 Touchdowns
    (Receiving)
    10 receptions for 41 yards (average 4.1 yards) and no Touchdowns


    Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the endless amount of information.








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    Re: The 1961 Minnesota Vikings

    totally

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    Re: The 1961 Minnesota Vikings

    Ed Sharockman - I think he played corner didnt he?
    Though drafted as a running back?

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    Re: The 1961 Minnesota Vikings

    Tarkenton throwing 4 TDs and 250 yards in the first game. Pretty much an omen of his entire career.

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    Re: The 1961 Minnesota Vikings

    "slinkey" wrote:
    Ed Sharockman - I think he played corner didnt he?
    Though drafted as a running back?
    Oops, yeah he was a cornerback... good catch.

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