VIKINGS-LIONS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ RB Artose Pinner was a 4th-round pick of the Lions in 2003 and played three seasons (2003-05) in Detroit…
Vikings’ S Dwight Smith is a Detroit native and attended Detroit Central High…
Vikings’ Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman spent seven seasons in Detroit (1990-96) as a college and pro scout and went to training camp with the Lions in 1988. Spielman’s brother, Chris, was a Pro Bowl LB for the Lions and a 2nd-round pick by the team in 1988…
Vikings’ G Steve Hutchinson played at the University of Michigan and was a teammate of Lions’ T Jeff Backus and DE James Hall with the Wolverines…
Vikings’ RB Chester Taylor is from River Rouge, MI…
Vikings’ offensive line coach Pat Morris coached on the Lions’ staff from 2004-05 and also coached at Michigan State from 1987-94…
Vikings’ TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Detroit Lions from 1992-93 and was also a teammate in Washington with Lions’ President/CEO Matt Millen and Senior Vice President/Asst. General Manager Martin Mayhew…
Vikings’ defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin, defensive backs coach Joe Woods, QB Brad Johnson, S Dwight Smith, and LB Marquis Cooper were all in Tampa Bay with Lions’ head coach Rod Marinelli…
Vikings’ S Greg Blue played at Georgia with Lions’ LB Boss Bailey…
Vikings’ DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfield were teammates of Lions’ RB Shawn Bryson in Buffalo…
Williams was also a teammate of Lions’ TE Dan Campbell and T Rex Tucker at Texas A&M…
Campbell played with Vikings’ T Mike Rosenthal and C Jason Whittle with the Giants…
Vikings’ DE Kenechi Udeze was a teammate of Lions’ DT Shaun Cody and WR Mike Williams at USC…
Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress was on the Wisconsin staff when Lions’ CB Jamar Fletcher played for the Badgers…
Fletcher was also a teammate of Vikings’ DT Ross Kolodziej at Wisconsin and LB Ben Leber in San Diego…
Vikings’ CB Fred Smoot and Lions’ LB Donté Curry were teammates with the
Redskins…
Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins played with Lions’ G Damien Woody at New England and was also a teammate of Lions’ TE Marcus Pollard and G Rick DeMulling in Indianapolis…
Vikings’ WR Billy McMullen and Lions’ RB Arlen Harris were teammates at Virginia…
Vikings’ K Ryan Longwell, S Darren Sharper, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were in Green Bay with Lions’ LB Paris Lenon, G Barry Stokes, G Ross Verba, Lions’ offensive line coach Larry Beightol, and WR coach Kippy Brown…
Vikings’ QB Brad Johnson played in Tampa Bay with Lions’ DT Tyoka Jackson…
Vikings’ CB Ronyell Whitaker and QB coach Kevin Rogers were at Virginia Tech with Lions’ RB Kevin Jones…
Vikings’ LB Ben Leber and Lions’ S Jon McGraw were teammates at Kansas State…
Vikings’ LS Cullen Loeffler and CB Cedric Griffin played at Texas with Lions’ DE Cory Redding, WR Roy Williams, and T Jonathan Scott…
Loeffler was also a teammate of DT Shaun Rogers with the Longhorns…
Vikings’ WR Marcus Robinson played in Chicago with Lions’ T Rex Tucker…
Vikings’ RB Mewelde Moore and Lions’ LB Anthony Cannon were teammates at Tulane…
Vikings’ RB Chester Taylor, WR Travis Taylor, and WR Marcus Robinson played
for the Ravens when Lions’ defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson coached on Baltimore’s staff…
Lions’ offensive coordinator Mike Martz coached on the University of Minnesota’s staff in 1982…
Vikings’ G Artis Hicks played at Memphis with Lions’ DT Marcus Bell and when Lions’ defensive line coach Joe Cullen was on the staff there…
Vikings’ RB coach Eric Bieniemy and Lions’ offensive assistant Shawn Jefferson were teammates with the San Diego Chargers…
Vikings’ G Steve Hutchinson played for Seattle when Lions’ DB coach Clayton Lopez was on the Seahawks’ staff…
Vikings’ asst. offensive line coach Jim Hueber and asst. special teams coach Brian Murphy coached on Wisconsin’s staff when Lions’ RB Brian Calhoun and LB Alex Lewis played for the Badgers…
Vikings’ Vice President of Operations/Legal Counsel Kevin Warren spent the 2001-02 seasons with the Lions as their Senior Vice President of Business Operations/General Counsel.