VIKINGS-STEELERS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ head coach Mike Tice was a teammate of Steelers’ assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt with the Washington Redskins in 1989 and with Steelers’ LB coach Keith Butler with the Seahawks…
Whisenhunt coached on the Vanderbilt staff when Vikings’ S Corey Chavous played for the Commodores…
Grimm played at the University of Pittsburgh when Vikings’ defensive consultant Foge Fazio was the Panthers’ defensive coordinator. Fazio was the head coach at Pittsburgh from 1982-85, played there from 1957-60 and spent his youth rooting for the Steelers while growing up in Coraopolis, PA…
Vikings’ assistant secondary coach Kevin Ross played for the Kansas City Chiefs when Steelers’ head coach Bill Cowher was the Chiefs’ defensive
coordinator/LB coach from 1989-91…
Steelers’ WR coach Bruce Arians also coached on the Chiefs’ staff
during Ross’ time there and was the head coach at Temple in 1983 when Ross was a senior for the Owls…
Vikings’ LB Napoleon Harris and Steelers’ WR Antwaan Randle El were teammates and classmates in high school at Thornton Township High in suburban Chicago…
Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins played at Georgia with Steelers’ WR Hines Ward…
Vikings’ TE Jeff Dugan played at Central Catholic High in Pittsburgh, PA…
Steelers’ S Tyrone Carter played three seasons (2000-02) for the Vikings and also played at the University of Minnesota when Vikings’ offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Loney coached on the Gophers’ staff…
Carter played for the Jets with Vikings’ LB Sam Cowart and when Vikings’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell coached on New York’s staff…
Steelers’ LB James Farrior also played for the Jets during Cottrell’s time there…
Vikings’ LB coach Pete Bercich played with Steelers’ RB Jerome Bettis at Notre Dame…
Bettis and Steelers’ QB Tommy Maddox played for the L.A. Rams when Vikings’ coverage coordinator Chuck Knox, Jr. was on the Rams’ staff…
Vikings’ LS Cullen Loeffler and Steelers’ DT Casey Hampton were teammates at Texas…
Vikings’ RB Adimchinobe Echemandu played at California with
Steelers’ CB Chidi Iwuoma…
Vikings’ LB Dontarrious Thomas and DT Spencer Johnson played at Auburn
with Steelers’ G Kendall Simmons…
Vikings’ WR Koren Robinson played with Steelers’ CB Willie Williams
with the Seahawks…
Vikings’ G Anthony Herrera and Steelers’ WR Cedrick Wilson were teammates at Tennessee…
Wilson played for the 49ers when Vikings’ QB coach Rich Olson was on San Francisco’s staff…
Vikings’ RB Ciatrick Fason and Steelers’ T Max Starks were teammates at Florida…
Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins was a teammate of Steelers’ WR Sean Morey in New England…
Vikings’ DT Pat Williams played for Buffalo when Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was on the Bills’ staff…
Vikings’ special teams coach Rusty Tillman coached on the Raiders’ staff with Steelers’ special teams coach Kevin Spencer…
Vikings’ DE Lance Johnstone played in Oakland during Spencer’s time there…
Tillman also coached in Indianapolis when Steelers’ P Chris Gardocki played for the Colts…
Tillman coached in Seattle when Steelers’ LB coach Keith Butler played for the Seahawks...
Vikings’ QB Brad Johnson played for the Redskins when Steelers’ asst. head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm coached Washington’s offensive line…
Vikings’ LB Keith Newman played for Atlanta when Steelers’ TE coach James Daniel served on the Falcons’ staff…
Vikings’ P Darren Bennett and Steelers’ DB coach Darren Perry were teammates with the Chargers in 1999…
Vikings’ DT Pat Williams played in Buffalo with Steelers’ Player Development Director Raymond Jackson.