VIKINGS-TEXANS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ DT Steve Martin played for the Texans last season and posted a career-high 92 tackles on the season…
Texans’ LB Kailee Wong was a 2nd-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1998 and played four seasons (1998-2001) in Minnesota…
Texans’ CB Kenny Wright was a 4th round selection by Minnesota in ’99 and spent three years with the Vikings (1999-2001)…
Vikings’ head coach Mike Tice played for the Washington Redskins in 1989 when Texans’ Senior VP/General Manager Charley Casserly was the Redskins’ GM…
Tice played in Seattle when Texans’ RB coach Chick Harris was on the
Seahawks’ staff, along with Vikings’ special teams coach Rusty Tillman…
Harris and Vikings’ secondary coach Chuck Knox, Jr. coached together with the Los Angeles Rams…
Vikings’ DE Chuck Wiley played for Carolina in 1998 when Texans’ head coach Dom Capers coached the Panthers and Texans’ defensive
coordinator Vic Fangio ran their defense…
Capers, Fangio and special teams coordinator Joe Marciano coached in New Orleans when Vikings’ TE coach John Tice and K Morten Andersen played for the Saints…
Vikings’ WR coach Charlie Baggett coached in Houston from 1993-94 with the Oilers as their WR coach…
He also coached on Michigan State’s staff in 1995 with Texans’ defensive line coach Todd Grantham and when Texans’ QB Tony Banks was a senior…
Texans’ LB coach Tom Olivadotti coached LBs for the Vikings from 1996-99…
Vikings’ CB Ralph Brown and Texans’ K Kris Brown were teammates at
Nebraska…
Texans’ S Marcus Coleman and CB Aaron Glenn played for New York when Vikings’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell ran the Jets’ defense…Coleman and Glenn were teammates of Vikings’ DT Steve Martin in New York…
Texans’ LB Jay Foreman is a native of Eden Prairie, MN and his father Chuck played for the Vikings from 1973-79 and ranks 2nd on the team’s all-time rushing list…
Jay Foreman and Texans’ LB DaShon Polk were teammates of Vikings’ CB Antoine Winfield and LB Keith Newman in Buffalo…
Foreman and Polk also played for Vikings’ defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in Buffalo…
Cottrell and Texans’ offensive line coach Joe Pendry coached together in Buffalo…
Vikings’ LB Mike Nattiel played at Florida with Texans’ WR Jabar Gaffney and when Texans’ DB coach Jon Hoke ran the Gators’ defense…
Vikings’ WR Kelly Campbell and Nat Dorsey were teammates of Texans’ RB Tony Hollings at Georgia Tech…
Vikings’ CB Terrance Shaw played in Oakland with Texans’ DT Junior Ioane…
Vikings’ T Bryant McKinnie and Texans’ WR Andre Johnson were teammates at Miami…
Texans’ TE Bennie Joppru attended Minnetonka High School…
Vikings’ DT Steve Martin played with Texans’ T Steve McKinney in Indianapolis in 1998…
Vikings’ special teams coach Rusty Tillman was the Colts’ defensive coordinator that season and Texans’ TE coach Tony Marciano was also on Indianapolis’ staff…
Vikings’ offensive line coach Steve Loney coached at Iowa State when Texans’ WR J.J. Moses played for the Cyclones…
Vikings’ S Brian Russell and RB Larry Ned were teammates of Texans’ G/T Chester Pitts at San Diego State…
Vikings’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan tutored Texans’ QB Dave Ragone to two Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year awards at
Louisville when he was the offensive coordinator/QB coach for the Cardinals…
Vikings’ S Willie Offord and Texans’ CB Dunta Robinson played in the defensive backfield together at South Carolina…
Texans’ DE Robaire Smith’s older brother Fernando played for the Vikings for five seasons (1994-97, 2000)…
Vikings’ WR coach Charlie Baggett coached at Michigan State during Smith’s time there…
Vikings’ DE Kenny Mixon played in Miami with Texans’ T Todd Wade and when Texans’ WR coach Kippy Brown coached on the Dolphins’ staff…
Brown and Vikings’ special teams coach Rusty Tillman both coached on the Buccaneers’ staff in 1995.