VIKINGS-JETS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ wide receiver Randy Moss and running back Doug Chapman played at Marshall with Jets’ quarterback Chad Pennington. Moss and Pennington hold the NCAA record for most TD passes from a quarterback to a receiver with 24 touchdowns in 1997 Both Moss and Pennington were finalists for the Heisman Trophy and led the Thundering Herd to the 1996 Division I-AA national title…Chapman and Moss also played with Jets’ defensive tackle Giradie Mercer at Marshall…Vikings’ tight end Hunter Goodwin was a teammate of Jets’ cornerback Ray Mickens at Texas A&M…Vikings’ safety Willie Offord played with Jets’ defensive end John Abraham at South Carolina…Vikings’ linebacker Henri Crockett was a teammate of Jets’ linebacker Sam Cowart at Florida State…Vikings’ offensive lineman Cory Withrow played at Washington State with Jets’ linebacker James Darling…Jets’ safety Nick Ferguson played for Vikings’ defensive line coach/assistant head coach George O’Leary at Georgia Tech and was a teammate of Vikings’ linebacker Nick Rogers with the Yellow Jackets…Vikings’ special teams coach Jay Hayes coached at Wisconsin when Jets’ kicker John Hall played for the Badgers…Vikings’ quarterback Shaun Hill was a teammate of Jets’ running back Lamont Jordan at Maryland…Vikings’ linebacker Jim Nelson played at Penn State with Jets’ offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie…Vikings’ defensive tackle Fred Robbins was a teammate of Jets’ linebacker Kelvin Moses at Wake Forest…Jets’ defensive tackle James Reed played at Iowa State when Vikings’ offensive line coach Steve Loney was on the Cyclones’ staff…Loney was on the Arizona Cardinals’ staff with Jets’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in 1993…Vikings’ guard Corbin Lacina played for the Buffalo Bills when Cottrell was on the Bills’ coaching staff and was a teammate of Cowart in Buffalo…Vikings’ defensive assistant Jim Panagos played at Maryland with Jets’ defensive tackle Larry Webster…Jets’ running backs coach Bishop Harris coached at the University of Minnesota from 1986-90…Vikings’ defensive coordinator Willie Shaw coached with Jets’ offensive assistant Jimmy Raye with the Kansas City Chiefs…Vikings’ wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett played at Michigan State when Raye was on the Spartans’ coaching staff and the two were neighbors growing up in Fayetteville, NC…Vikings’ wide receiver Derrick Alexander played for the Chiefs when Raye was on Kansas City’s staff…Alexander was also a teammate of Jets’ quarterback Vinny Testaverde with the Cleveland Browns. Alexander caught his 1st career TD from Testaverde in 1994 and 18 of his 40 career TDs came from Testaverde, the most of any QB Alexander has played with…Vikings’ defensive ends Kenny Mixon and Lorenzo Bromell played for Miami with Jets’ punter Matt Turk and when Jets’ special teams coach Mike Westhoff was on the Dolphins’ staff...Vikings’ linebacker Lemanski Hall played with Jets’ defensive tackle Josh Evans with the Tennessee Titans.