VIKINGS-FALCONS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ LB Henri Crockett was drafted by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft and played five seasons for the Falcons (1997-2001) before signing with the
Vikings…
Crockett played at Florida State with Falcons’ RB Warrick Dunn…
Vikings’ DE Chuck Wiley played two seasons in Atlanta (2000-01)…
Both Crockett and Wiley played for Falcons’ head coach Dan Reeves…
Vikings’ assistant secondary coach Kevin Ross played two seasons in Atlanta (1994-95) and posted a career-high 124 tackles in ’94…
Falcons’ DB coach Emmitt Thomas was the Vikings’ defensive
coordinator for two seasons (2000-01)…
Vikings’ head coach Mike Tice played for Washington in 1989 when
Falcons’ assistant offensive line coach Rennie Simmons coached the Redskins’ tight ends and when Thomas was also on Washington’s staff…
Simmons coached with Vikings’ secondary coach Chuck Knox, Jr. on the
Rams’ staff in 1994…
Knox Jr. and Vikings’ WR coach Charlie Baggett coached with Thomas in Green Bay in ’99 and Knox Jr. and Thomas also coached together in Philadelphia…
Vikings’ assistant head coach/defensive line coach George O’Leary was the head coach at Georgia Tech when Falcons’ LB Keith Brooking played for the Yellow Jackets…
Falcons’ TE Alge Crumpler’s older brother Carlester played tight end for the Vikings in 1999…
Vikings’ CB Ken Irvin played for Falcons’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in Buffalo during his time as head coach and defensive coordinator for the Bills…
Irvin was also a teammate of Falcons’ P Chris Mohr, LB Keith Newman, WR Peerless Price, and LB Sam Rogers in Buffalo…
Vikings’ DT Billy Lyon was a teammate of Falcons’ RB Travis Jervey, CB Tod McBride, RB Allen Rossum and CB Tyrone Williams with
the Packers…
Rossum played with Vikings’ T Mike Rosenthal at Notre Dame…Vikings’ TE Hunter Goodwin played at Texas A&M with Falcons’ DT Ed Jasper and defensive quality control coach Dennis Allen and when Falcons’ DL coach Bill Johnson was on the Aggies’ staff…
Vikings’ OT Bryant McKinnie and Falcons’ G Martin Bibla played on the line together at Miami…
Vikings’ DEs Kenny Mixon and Chuck Wiley and CB Denard Walker played at LSU with Falcons’ C Todd McClure…Vikings’ CB Eric Kelly and Falcons’ WR Quentin McCord were teammates at Kentucky…
Vikings’ QB Gus Frerotte played in Cincinnati with Falcons’S Cory Hall and was a teammate of LB Twan Russell in Washington…
Russell also played in Miami with Vikings’ DE Kenny Mixon…
Vikings’ S Jack Brewer played at the University of Minnesota with Falcons’ TE Derek Rackley and DE Karon Riley…
Riley was also a teammate of Vikings’ WR D’Wayne Bates in Chicago…
Vikings’ LB Greg Biekert played at Colorado with Falcons’ LB Sam Rogers…
Falcons’ LB Artie Ulmer was a seventh-round draft pick of the Vikings in 1997 and was with the team that season…
Vikings’ LB Chris Claiborne played at USC with Falcons’ T Travis Claridge…
Vikings’ LB Mike Nattiel was a teammate of Falcons’ QB Doug Johnson at Florida…
Vikings’ DT Cedric Killings played in San Francisco in 2000 when
Falcons’ WR coach George Stewart was on the 49ers’ staff…
Vikings’ S Corey Chavous and CB Rushen Jones were teammates of Falcons’ LB Matt Stewart at Vanderbilt.