Vikings / Lions Connections
- Vikings QB Gus Frerotte played for the Lions in 1999, starting six games and throwing for 2,117 yards.
- Lions S Dwight Smith played two seasons for the Vikings, in 2006 and Ã¢â‚¬â„¢07.
- Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris held the same position with the Lions from 2004-05.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Detroit Lions from 1992-93.
- Vikings S Eric Frampton played in fi ve games for the Lions in 2007.
- Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman worked as a college scout for the Lions from 1990-94 and
as a pro scout from 1995-96. His brother, Chris, played LB for the Lions from 1988-95.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor is from River Rouge, MI.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played at the University of Michigan from 1997-2000.
- Vikings LB David Herron played at Michigan State from 2002-06.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson was a teammate of Lions Senior Vice President/Asst. General Manager Martin Mayhew with the Washington Redskins.
- Vikings QB Gus Frerotte and Lions QB John Kitna were teammates in Cincinnati in 2002.
- Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier coached for Cincinnati while Vikings S Madieu Williams, Lions QB John Kitna, P Nick Harris, RB Rudi Johnson and
DT Langston Moore played there.
- Frerotte was teammates with Lions CB Travis Fisher, C Andy McCollum and WR Shaun McDonald in St. Louis in 2006. Lions WR Brandon Middleton was also
with St. Louis for the 2006 preseason.
- Vikings DB coach Joe Woods was with Tampa Bay with Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, defensive coordinator Joe Barry, DE Corey Smith, DT Chuck Darby, CB
Brian Kelly, LB Ryan Nece, S Kalvin Pearson and DE Dewayne White.
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu, DE Ellis Wyms, Nece and Darby were teammates in Tampa Bay.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell, S Darren Sharper, WR Robert Ferguson, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were in Green Bay with Lions LB Paris Lenon.
- Sharper, Longwell and Bevell were all in Green Bay when Lions assistant head coach/passing game coordinator Kippy Brown was on staff.
- Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro was on staff and DE Otis Grigsby and Ciurciu played with Lions TE Michael Gaines at Carolina.
- Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy and Lions asst. WR coach Shawn Jefferson were teammates with the San Diego Chargers while Lions special teams coordinator
Stan Kwan was on staff.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played for Seattle when Lions DB coach Clayton Lopez was on the Seahawks staff.
- Hutchinson and Wyms played with Lions DT Chuck Darby in Seattle.
- 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 T Damion Cook, G Edwin Mulitalo and running backs coach Sam Gash 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 Gash with the Buffalo Bills.
- Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier served in the same capacity for Indianapolis when Lions LB Gilbert Gardner played there.
- Vikings DE Ray Edwards played at Purdue with Lions DE Cliff Avril and LB Gilbert Gardner.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played on the line at Michigan with Lions T Jeff Backus.
- Vikings LS Cullen Loeffl er and CB Cedric Griffi n were teammates of Lions DT Cory Redding at Texas. Loeffl er, Griffi n, and DE Brian Robison also played with
Lions WR Roy Williams at UT.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera was tutored for part of his career at Tennessee by Lions asst. offensive line coach Mike Barry.
- Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy played at Colorado when Lions asst. offensive line coach Mike Barry coached the line for the Buffaloes.
- Vikings G Artis Hicks played at Memphis when Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen was on the staff there.