VIKINGS-PANTHERS CONNECTIONS
- Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker held the same position with the Vi- kings from 2001-2005.
- Vikings LB Jasper Brinkleys twin brother, Casper, spent time in 2008 with the Carolina Panthers.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings WR Sidney Rice is a native of Gaffney, South Carolina an hour away from Charlotte, and played at the University of South Carolina.
- Panthers K Rhys Lloyd played at the University of Minnesota in 2003 and 2004 after beginning his career at Rochester Community & Technical College, and attended Eastview High School, in Eastview, MN.

NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress coached a number of Panthers players during his days with the Philadelphia Eagles. Panthers P Jason Baker was with Childress and the Eagles in 2002. Panthers DT Hollis Thomas was with the Eagles with Childress from 1999-2005. Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier joined Thomas and Childress in Philly from 99-02. Panthers backup QB A.J. Feely was with Childress and Frazier in Philly from 2001-2003. Vikings OL Artis Hicks joined the Eagles in 2002 and was there through 2006.
- Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy played for San Diego when Panthers head coach John Fox was secondary coach there. Fox also coached the secondary while Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar played there.
- Dunbar also played for New Orleans while Panthers assistant head coach/run- ning backs Jim Skipper was on staff.
- Panthers defensive coordinator Ron Meeks was the defensive backs coach in Cincinnati in 1995-96 while Bieniemy was a player there.
- Meeks was coached on the defensive staff with Leslie Frazier in Indianapolis from 2004-2005.
- Vikings QB Brett Favre and K Ryan Longwell played for Green Bay with Pan- thers LB Nail Diggs. Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was also on staff with the Packers while Diggs was there.
- Vikings WRs Bernard Berrian played for Chicago with Panthers S Chris Harris, WR Muhsin Muhammad and CB Dante Wesley.
- Vikings S Madieu Williams played with Panthers LB Landon Johnson for Cincin- nati while Vikings off. coordinator Leslie Frazier was on staff.
- Vikings DT Jimmy Kennedy and Panthers DT Damione Lewis played on the line together in St. Louis.
- Kennedy also played with Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad in Chicago in 2007.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe played for the New York Giants in 2004-2005 while Panthers secondary coach Ron Milus was on the Giants defensive staff.
- Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart and offensive line coach Pat Morris were on staff in San Francisco when Jason Baker played there in 2001. Stewart and Morris were also joined by Panther LBs coach Richard Smith in San Francisco from 1997-2002.
- Vikings DE Jared Allen and CB Benny Sapp played with Jason Baker in Kansas
City and Vikings linebackers coach Fred Pagac was on staff with the Chiefs while Baker was there in 2004. Allen and Sapp were also teammates with Pan- thers DT Tank Tyler in Kansas City in 2007.
- Vikings linebackers coach Fred Pagac was on Oaklands staff during Panthers DE Tyler Braytons rookie season with the team in 2003.