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 two-time Pro Bowl selection there.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell played for Green Bay for 9 seasons (1997-2005) before coming to Minne
sota 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).
- Vikings coaching administrator Todd Nielson worked for three seasons with the Packers as a coaching staff and scouting assistant before coming
to Minnesota.
- Packers DT Colin Cole was with the Vikings for part of the 2003 season.
- Packers director of research and development Mike Eayrs spent 16 seasons on the Vikings football staff.
- Packers college scout Lee Gissendaner spent part of the 1996 season on the Vikings practice squad.
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.
- Packers college scout Brian Gutekunst attended Robbinsdale Armstrong High in Plymouth, MN. His father, John, was the head coach at the
University of Minnesota from 1985-92.
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 Kansas City’s 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 coor
dinator 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.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera played at Tennessee with Packers C Scott Wells.
- Vikings P Chris Kluwe played at UCLA with Packers LB Brandon Chillar while Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy was on staff.
- Vikings C Matt Birk was tutored as a senior at Harvard by Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin when he coached the offensive line for the
Crimson.
- Philbin and Packers DT Colin Cole were at Iowa in 2002 when Vikings LB Chad Greenway was a redshirt freshman. Greenway also played at
Iowa with Packers LB Abdul Hodge and DE Aaron Kampman.
- Vikings CB Benny Sapp also played at Iowa his freshman and sophomore years with Packers DE Aaron Kampman.
- Vikings CB Cedric Griffi n and DE Brian Robison played at Texas with Packers TE Jermichael Finley.
- Vikings C John Sullivan played at Notre Dame with Packers RB Ryan Grant.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and WR Robert Ferguson played at Texas A&M when Packers asst. special teams coach Shawn Slocum coached on
the Aggies staff.
- Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers coached on Virginia Tech’s staff when Packers S Aaron Rouse played for the Hokies and on Notre Dame’s staff
when Packers RB Ryan Grant played for the Fighting Irish.