Thread: Vikings/Lions Connections
- Lions QB Daunte Culpepper was the VikingsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and the 11th player chosen overall. He started 80 games for the Vikings and ranks 2nd in team history with a 91.5 rating, and third in yards (20,162) and TD passes (135).
- DetroitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan was the offensive co- ordinator and quarterback coach for the Vikings from 2002-2004.
- Lions CB Marcus McCauley was drafted by the Vikings in 2007 and played for the Vikings in 2007 and 2008, before being cut after the 2009 preseason.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Detroit Lions from 1992-93.
- 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.
- DetroitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offensive quality control coach, Todd Downing held the same position with the Vikings in 2005. Prior to that he was a football systems analyst for the Vikings in 2003 and 2004.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor is from River Rouge, MI.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played at the University of Michigan from 1997-2000.
- Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota in 1990 and 1991.
- Lions QB coach Jeff Horton began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota.
- Lions Asst. Director of Pro Personnel Charlie Sanders played collegiately at the University of Minnesota.
- QB Brett Favre and Lions DE Jason Hunter and DT Grady Jackson were teammates in GB in 2006 & 2007.
- Lions S Marquano Manuel was coached in Cincinnati in 2003 by Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, played in Seattle in 2004 and 2005 with Vikings G Steve Hutchinson, in 2006 in GB with Brett Favre, and in Denver with Vikings CB Karl Paymah in 2008.
- Hutchinson blocked for RB Maurice Morris in Seattle from 2002-2005.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfield were teammates of Lions running backs coach Sam Gash with the Buffalo Bills.
- Vikings G Steve Huchinson was teammates at Michigan with Lions LB Larry Foote and tackles Jeff Backus and Jon Jansen.
- Vikings 2009 3rd-round draft pick Asher Allen and Lions 1st-round draft pick (1st overall) Matthew Stafford played together at Georgia.
- Vikings DE Ray Edwards played at Purdue with Lions DE Cliff Avril.
- S Ko Simpson played at South Carolina with Vikings WR Sidney Rice
- Vikings T Bryant McKinnie played at Miami (Fla.) with Lions CB Phillip Buchanon
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