VIKINGS-RAVENS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor played the 2002-05 seasons in Baltimore and was taken by the Ravens in the 6th round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
- Ravens C Matt Birk spent 11 years with the Vikings, where he was named to the Pro Bowl 6 times and named the Minnesota Vikings Man of the Year 6 times.
- Ravens K Steve Hauschka spent the 2008 training camp and preseason with the Vikings.
- Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman served on the Vikings staff in the 1998-99 seasons.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Birk grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and played football for Cretin-Derham Hall.
- Five Vikings attended college within an hour’s drive of Baltimore, including LBs E.J. Henderson and Erin Henderson, S Madieu Williams and FB Jeff Dugan, who all played at Maryland, and TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who played at Morgan State.
- Four Vikings: LBs E.J. and Erin Henderson, S Madieu Williams and TE Visanthe Shiancoe all claim hometowns less than an hour outside of Baltimore.
- Ravens assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg coached the secondary at the University of Minnesota in 1996.
NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress and assist head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier both coached in Philadelphia with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
– Childress from 1999-2005 and Frazier from 99-02. During the time Vikings WR Greg Lewis, OL Artis Hicks and Raven’s TE L.J. Smith played for the Eagles.
- Vikings WR Bernard Berrian and Ravens LB Brendon Ayabadejo were team- mate together in Chicago from 2005-07, where they played in Super Bowl XLI.
- Vikings LB Ben Leber played for San Diego when Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the offensive coordinator for the Chargers (2002-05).
- Vikings S Madieu Williams played with Cincinnati while Baltimore quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson was on staff with the Bengals (2004-06), and Ravens WR Kelly Washington played there (2004-2006).
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfield played in Buffalo with Ravens DT Justin Bannan and RB Willis McGahee.Bannan played at the University of Colorado while Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy.
- Vikings DE Jared Allen was in Kansas City in 2006 and 2007 with Ravens offensive line coach John Matsko. - Vikings G Steve Hutchinson was coached in his final year at the University of Michigan by Raven’s assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller.
- Ravens CB Frank Walker played with Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe in 2003-2006, and then with QB Brett Favre in Green Bay in 2007.
- Favre also played in Green Bay with Raven’s G/T Tony Moll.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
- Rosburg coached at Notre Dame with Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers in 1999-2000.
- Ravens’ defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was also at Notre Dame with Rogers in 1999-2001 and previously at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987 and 1988.
Mattison also coached Vikings WR Percy Harvin at the University of Florida in 2996 and 2007.
- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson played at the University of Oklahoma with Ravens C/G Chris Chester and WR Mark Clayton.
- 3 Vikings: E.J. Henderson, Jeff Dugan, and Madieu Williams played with Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth.
- Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie played at the University of Miami with Raves RB Willis McGahee and S Ed Reed.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera and Ravens WR Kelly Washington played together at the University of Tennessee.
- Vikings LB Chad Greenway and RB Albert Young played at the University of Iowa with Ravens G/T Marshal Yanda.
- Vikings C John Sullivan and Ravens S Tom Zbikowski played together at the University of Notre Dame.