VIKINGS-LIONS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ OT Chris Liwienski was a 7th round draft choice of Detroit in 1998 and is from Sterling Heights, MI…
Vikings’ head coach Mike Tice played for Washington in 1989 when Lions’ strength and conditioning coach Jason Arapoff was on the Redskins’ staff…
Vikings’ defensive line coach Brian Baker coached in Detroit from 1997-2000…
Baker coached in San Diego and at Georgia Tech with Lions’ special teams coach Chuck Priefer…
Vikings’ K Paul Edinger played at Michigan State…
Edinger and Vikings’ WR Marcus Robinson played for Chicago when Lions’ defensive coordinator Dick Jauron was the Bears’ head coach and were also teammates of Lions’ CB R.W. McQuarters…
Vikings’ QB Brad Johnson and CB Fred Smoot were teammates of Lions’ DT Dan Wilkinson in Washington…
Vikings’ LB Keith Newman played at North Carolina with Lions’ CB Dré
Bly…
Newman and Vikings’ CB Antoine Winfield, DT Pat Williams, S Ken Irvin, and LB Sam Cowart were teammates of Lions’ RB Shawn Bryson in Buffalo…
Vikings’ CB Fred Smoot and Lions’ LB Donté Curry were teammates with the Redskins…
Vikings’ G Toniu Fonoti played in San Diego with Lions’ S Vernon Fox…Vikings’ LS Cullen Loeffler played with Lions’ DE Cory Redding, DT Shaun Rogers, and WR Roy Williams at Texas…
Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins played with Lions’ G Damien Woody at New
England and was also a teammate of Lions’ TE Marcus Pollard in Indianapolis…
Vikings’ G Adam Goldberg played at Wyoming with Lions’ WR Scottie Vines…
Vikings’ CB Ralph Brown played at Nebraska with Lions’ C Dominic Raiola…
Vikings’ CB Brian Williams and WR Koren Robinson played at North Carolina St. with Lions’ S Terrence Holt…
Vikings’ S Corey Chavous played in Arizona with Lions’ DT Marcus Bell…
Vikings’ special teams coach Rusty Tillman and Lions’ DB coach George Catavolos coached on the Colts’ staff together in 1998…
Vikings’ CB Fred Smoot played for Washington when Catavolos coached the Redskins’ DBs…
Lions’ offensive coordinator Ted Tollner coached with Vikings’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in Buffalo and with QB coach Rich Olson in San Francisco…
Ted Cottrell’s brother, Bill, was an OT for the Lions from 1967-70…
Olson coached in San Francisco when Lions’ T Kyle Kosier played for the 49ers…
Lions’ WR coach Fred Graves coached on the Bills’ staff when Vikings’ CB Antoine Winfield, LB Keith Newman, LB Sam Cowart, and DT Pat Williams played for Buffalo…
Vikings’ coverage coordinator Chuck Knox, Jr. coached with Lions’ defensive assistant Johnny Holland in Green Bay…
Lions’ offensive line coach Pat Morris was an assistant at the University of
Minnesota from 1979-82…
Vikings’ P Chris Kluwe played at UCLA when Lions’ defensive assistant Phil
Snow coached on the Bruins’ staff…
Vikings’ V.P. of Operations/Legal Counsel Kevin Warren spent the
2001-02 seasons with the Lions as their Senior V.P. of Business Operations/General Counsel…
Lions’ personnel scout Silas McKinnie spent 4 seasons with the Vikings as a regional scout