VIKINGS-EAGLES CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ DT Steve Martin played for the Eagles for part of the 1999 season and the entire 2000 season…
Vikings’ DE Lance Johnstone is a Philadelphia native and played
at Temple University. This is only the 2nd game of his career back in his hometown…
Johnstone was a teammate of Eagles’ FB Jon Ritchie with the Raiders…Vikings’ secondary coach Chuck Knox, Jr. was a defensive assistant for the Eagles from 1995-98…
Vikings’ assistant secondary coach Kevin Ross was a 4-year letterman at Temple…
Vikings’ assistant strength and conditioning coach Mark Ellis played safety at Temple from 1990-91…
Vikings’ VP of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski and Eagles’ VP of Player
Personnel Tom Heckert worked together with the Miami Dolphins for six seasons…
Eagles’ FB Thomas Tapeh played at the University of Minnesota and was the Minnesota State Player at Johnson High in St. Paul…
Eagles’ secondary coach Trent Walters was an assistant coach with the Vikings from 1994-2001…
Eagles’ strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolf spent 3 seasons with the Vikings (1992-94)…
Vikings’ LB Chris Claiborne played for Eagles’ assistant head coach Marty Mornhinweg in Detroit…
Vikings’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and offensive line coach Steve Loney coached with Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jim Johnson in Arizona…
Johnson coached in Indianapolis when Vikings’ DT Steve Martin played for the Colts…
Eagles’ offensive coordinator Brad Childress coached at Wisconsin in 1998 during Vikings’ RB Michael Bennett’s redshirt season…
Vikings’ G Chris Liwienski played at Indiana when Eagles’ special teams coordinator John Harbaugh was on the Hoosiers’ staff…
Vikings’ special teams coach Rusty Tillman coached in Seattle with Eagles’ defensive line coach Tommy Brasher and with Eagles’ WR coach David
Culley with the Buccaneers…
Eagles’ QB coach Pat Shurmur played at Michigan State when Vikings’ WR
coach Charlie Baggett coached for the Spartans and the two later served on the Michigan State staff together…
Eagles’ LB Ike Reese also played at Michigan State when Baggett was on the Spartans’ staff…
Vikings’ assistant secondary coach Kevin Ross was a teammate of Eagles’ LS Mike Bartrum in Kansas City in ’93…
Vikings’ LB Rod Davis and Eagles’ G/T Jeremy Bridges were teammates at Southern Mississippi…
Vikings’ S Willie Offord played in the defensive backfield at South Carolina with Eagles’ CB Sheldon Brown…
Vikings’ T Bryant McKinnie attended Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, PA before he transferred to Miami. McKinnie was a teammate of Eagles’ DE Jerome McDougle, LB Howard Clark and DE Jamaal Green with the Hurricanes…
Eagles’ DT Paul Grasmanis was a teammate of Vikings’ WR Marcus
Robinson with the Bears and at Notre Dame with Vikings’ assistant LB coach Pete Bercich…
Vikings’ LB Dontarrious Thomas and DT Spencer Johnson played at Auburn with Eagles’ CB Roderick Hood…
Vikings’ T Mike Rosenthal and Eagles’ LB Dhani Jones were teammates with the New York Giants…
Vikings’ LB Mike Nattiel played at Florida with Eagles’ CB Lito Sheppard…
Vikings’ DE Chuck Wiley and Eagles’ LB Mark Simoneau were teammates with the Falcons.