VIKINGS-LIONS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ LB Chris Claiborne was a 1st-round draft choice by Detroit in 1999 and he played for the Lions for 4 seasons (1999-02) before coming to Minnesota…
Vikings’ QB Gus Frerotte played for Detroit in 1999 and was a teammate of Lions’ DT Dan Wilkinson and TE Stephen Alexander with the Redskins…
Vikings’ OT Chris Liwienski was a 7th round draft choice of Detroit in
1998…
Vikings’ LB coach Brian Baker coached in Detroit from 1997-2000…
Lions’ offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator in 2000-01…
Vikings’ WR coach Charlie Baggett coached with Lewis in Green Bay in 1999 and played at Michigan State when Lewis coached for the Spartans…
Baggett and Vikings’ secondary coach Chuck Knox Jr. also coached with Lions’ defensive assistant Johnny Holland in Green Bay…
Baggett also coached with Lions’ offensive line coach Pat Morris at
Michigan State…
Morris was an assistant at the University of Minnesota from 1979-82…Vikings’ WR Marcus Robinson played for Chicago when Lions’ defensive coordinator Dick Jauron was the Bears’ head coach…
Vikings’ P Darren Bennett was tutored by Lions’ special teams coach Chuck Priefer when he held the same position in San Diego…
Vikings’ CB Terrance Shaw also played for San Diego when Priefer was on
the Chargers’ staff…
Bennett was also a teammate of Lions’ TE Stephen Alexander in San Diego…
Vikings’ RB Onterrio Smith played at Oregon with Lions’ QB Joey Harrington…
Vikings’ LB Keith Newman played at North Carolina with Lions’ CB Dré Bly…
Newman and Vikings’ CB Antoine Winfield were teammates of Lions’
RB Shawn Bryson in Buffalo…
Vikings’ DE Kenechi Udeze and Lions’ CB Chris Cash were teammates at
USC…
Vikings’ DE Kenny Mixon was a teammate of Lions’ S Brock Marion with the Dolphins…
Vikings’ CB
Ralph Brown and Lions’ C Dominic Raiola were teammates at Nebraska…Vikings’ LS Cullen Loeffler played with Lions’ DE Cory Redding, DT Shaun Rogers, and WR Roy Williams at Texas…
Vikings’ DT Chris Hovan was a teammate of Lions’ G Damien Woody at Boston College…
Woody was also a teammate of Vikings’ TE Jermaine Wiggins with New England…
Vikings’ S Willie Offord played at South Carolina with Lions’ DE Kalimba Edwards and CB André Goodman…
Vikings’ CB Brian Williams and TE Sean Berton played at North Carolina St. with Lions’ S Terrence Holt…
Vikings’ S Corey Chavous played in Arizona with Lions’ DT Marcus Bell and T Matt Joyce and when Lions’ asst. special teams/offensive assistant Stan Kwan was on the Cardinals’ staff…
Vikings’ secondary coach Chuck Knox Jr. played at the University of Arizona in 1987 when Lions’ assistant head coach/LB coach Richard Smith was on the Wildcats’ staff…
Vikings’ assistant LB coach Pete Bercich played at Notre Dame with Lions’ QB Rick Mirer…
Lions’ personnel scout Silas McKinnie spent 4 seasons with the Vikings as a regional scout.