- Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris held the same position with the Lions from
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Detroit Lions from 1992-93.
- 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
- Lions WR Troy Walters was a 5th-round draft choice of the Vikings in 2000 and played
2 seasons in Minnesota.
- Lions QB J.T. OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Sullivan was with the Vikings in 2005 and during 2006 training camp.
- Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman got his fi rst taste of NFL personnel analysis as a
college scout with Detroit from 1990-94 and added pro scouting responsibilities in his fi nal 2 seasons (1995-
Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ96 in the Motor City.
Local Detroit Connections
Vikings S Dwight Smith is a Detroit native and attended Central High.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor is from River Rouge, MI.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played at the University of Michigan from 1997-2000.
- Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz coached on the University of Minnesota staff in 1982.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson was a teammate of Lions President/CEO Matt Millen and Senior Vice President/Asst.
Gen eral Manager Martin Mayhew with the Washington Redskins.
- Vikings S Dwight Smith and defensive backs coach Joe Woods were with Tampa Bay with Lions Lions head coach Rod Mari
nelli, defensive coordinator Joe Barry, DT Jon Bradley, DE Corey Smith, and DE Dewayne White.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell, S Darren Sharper, WR Robert Ferguson, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were in Green
Bay with Lions LB Paris Lenon and QB J.T. OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Sullivan.
- Vikings CB Ronyell Whitaker and QB coach Kevin Rogers were at Virginia Tech with Lions RB Kevin Jones.
- Vikings RB Mewelde Moore and Lions LB Anthony Cannon were teammates at Tulane.
- Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy and Lions asst. WR coach 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 WR coach George Stewart and offensive line coach Pat Morris coached in San Francisco with Lions defensive
coordinator Joe Barry.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor played for the Ravens with Lions G Edwin Mulitalo when Lions offensive line coach Jim Colletto
was on BaltimoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staff.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfi eld were teammates of Lions special teams assistant Sam Gash with the
- Vikings WR coach George Stewart was on AtlantaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staff when Lions RB T.J. Duckett played for the Falcons.
- Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier held the same position with the Bengals in 2003 when Lions QB Jon Kitna and P
Nick Harris were with Cincinnati.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and Lions TE Dan Campbell were teammates at Texas A&M.
- 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 with Lions S Idrees Bashir and 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 Wis
consin when Lions RB Brian Calhoun and LB Alex Lewis.
- Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy played at Colorado when Lions asst. offensive line coach Mike Barry coached the line for the
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac and Lions offensive line coach Jim Colletto coached on the staff together at Ohio State.