VIKINGS-PACKERS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings S Darren Sharper played for the Packers for the fi rst 8 seasons (1997-2004) of his career and was a twotime
Pro Bowl selection there.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell played for Green Bay for 9 seasons (1997-2005) before coming to Minnesota and is the
Packers’ career scoring leader with 1,054 points.
- Vikings WR Robert Ferguson was a 2nd-round pick of the Packers in 2001 and played six seasons in Green Bay
(2001-06) before joining the Vikings.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell got his fi rst coaching job with Green Bay and was on the Packers’ staff
for 6 seasons (2000-05).
- Packers DT Colin Cole was with the Vikings for part of the 2003 season.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress coached at the University of Wisconsin as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, and running backs coach from 1991-98. During his
tenure the Badgers played in fi ve bowl games, highlighted by Rose Bowl wins over UCLA in 1994 and 1998.
- Vikings asst. offensive line coach Jim Hueber and asst. special teams coach Brian Murphy coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin, where he helped guide the team to a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA in 1994.
- Packers strength and conditioning coordinator Rock Gullickson is a native of Moorhead, MN, and a graduate of Moorhead State.
NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings DE Jared Allen and CB Benny Sapp played for Kansas City when Packers DE coach Carl Hairston was on staff. Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac and offensive
asst./WR Chad O’Shea also coached on the Chiefs staff with Hairston in 2004-05.
- Vikings RB Maurice Hicks played for the San Francisco 49ers when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was offensive coordinator there and Packers TE coach Ben
McAdoo was on staff in 2005.
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu and Packers CB/S Jarrett Bush were teammates during the 2006 preseason with the Carolina Panthers.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (2005-06) played for the New York Giants with Packers RB Ryan Grant and S Charlie Peprah. Packers WR coach Jimmy Robinson
was the Giants WR coach in Shiancoe’s rookie season with the team in 2003.
- Vikings QB Gus Frerotte played for the St. Louis Rams with Packers LB Brandon Chillar in 2006 and ’07.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Chiefs when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer were on staff.
- Vikings LB Ben Leber played for the San Diego Chargers while Packers WR Ruvell Martin was in training camp with the team in 2004 and ’05.
- Vikings DE Otis Grigsby was in the Miami Dolphins training camp with Packers TE Donald Lee in the 2003 and ’04 seasons.
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress, strength and conditioning coordinator Tom Kanavy, and G Artis Hicks were in Philadelphia with Packers CB Al Harris.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played with Packers LB Tracy White in Seattle.
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac coached in Oakland when Packers CB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders.
- Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris and Packers secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer coached on the Lions staff together.
- Vikings S Madieu Williams and Packers assistant OL coach Jerry Fontenot were teammates in Cincinnati in 2004, when Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier
was the Bengals defensive coordinator.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams played his fi nal year in Buffalo with Packers QB coach Tom Clements serving as the team’s offensive coordinator.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson and Packers CB Charles Woodson were teammates at Michigan for their 1997 national championship season.
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac and Packers special teams coordinator Mike Stock coached on the staff together at Ohio State while Vikings CB Antoine Winfi eld and
Packers DT Ryan Pickett played together there.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was teammates with Packers T Mark Tauscher at Wisconsin. Vikings head coach Brad Childress, assistant offensive line
coach Jim Hueber and assistant special teams coach Brian Murphy were all on staff at some point of Tauscher’s career with the Badgers.
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu and Packers CB Will Blackmon were teammates at Boston College.