- Vikings DT Kevin Williams played at Oklahoma State with Lions RB Tatum Bell.
- Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze played at USC with Lions DT Shaun Cody.
- Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers and CB Ronyell Whitaker were at Virginia Tech with Lions RB Kevin Jones.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played on the line at Michigan with Lions T Jeff Backus.
- Vikings LS Cullen Loeffl er was a teammate of Lions DTs Cory Redding and Shaun Rogers at Texas. Loeffl er, CB Cedric Griffi n, and DE
Brian Robison also played with Lions WR Roy Williams and T Jonathan Scott at UT.
- Vikings WR Troy Williamson played at South Carolina with Lions DT Langston Moore.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera was tutored for part of his career at Tennessee by Lions asst. offensive line coach Mike Barry.
- Vikings G Artis Hicks played at Memphis when Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen was on the staff there.
- Vikings S Tank Williams played at Stanford with Lions WR Troy Walters and CB Stanley Wilson.
- Vikings DE Erasmus James, asst. offensive line coach Jim Hueber, and asst. special teams coach Brian Murphy were at Wisconsin when
Lions RB Brian Calhoun and LB Alex Lewis played for the Badgers.
- Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy played at Colorado when Lions asst. offensive line coach Mike Barry coached the line for the Buffaloes.
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac and Lions offensive line coach Jim Colletto coached on the staff together at Ohio State.