VIKINGS-TEXANS CONNECTIONS
- Texans DE Earl Cochran spent the 2005 training camp with the Vikings.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Eight Vikings hail from or played collegiately in the Lone Star State: WR Robert Ferguson (Houston/Texas A&M),
CB Cedric Griffi n (San Antonio/Texas), DE Otis Grigsby (Converse), LS Cullen Loeffl er (Ingram/Texas), RB Adrian
Peterson (Palestine), DT Fred Evans (Texas St.-San Marcos), DT Pat Williams (Texas A&M) and DE Brian Robison
(Splendora/Texas).
- Vikings offensive assistant/wide receivers Chad O’Shea was a quarterback at the University of Houston in 1994-95, and coached for the Cougars from 1996-99.
- Texans S Dominique Barber played collegiately at Minnesota and attended Wayzata High School, where he was an all-state and all-county performer as a senior.
- Texans offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kyle Shanahan was born in Minneapolis.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson coached at Texas Southern in 2004-05.
- Vikings quality control-defense/linebackers coach Jeff Imamura was a defensive assistant at Texas Christian University from 1997-99.
NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson and DT Ellis Wyms played for Seattle with Texans LB Kevin Bentley.
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu played for Carolina with Texans T Rashad Butler in 2006, while Vikings DE Otis Grigsby was on the Panthers practice squad.
- Wyms played in Tampa Bay with Texans CB Eugene Wilson while Vikings DB coach Joe Woods and Texans off. coord./QBs Kyle Shanahan was on staff.
- Vikings QB Gus Frerotte, Texans QB Sage Rosenfels and DT Jeff Zgonina played for Miami in 2005 while Texans def. coord. Richard Smith served in the same role.
- Frerotte and Texans P Matt Turk were teammates in Washington from 1995-98, and then again in 2006 in St. Louis.
- Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was Frerotte’s position coach and offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, during which time Texans assistant head coach/offense
Alex Gibbs, senior defensive assistant Frank Bush, assistant DB coach Ray Rhodes and TE coach Brian Pariani were also on staff.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor and Texans S Will Demps and DE Anthony Weaver all started their careers together with the Baltimore Ravens.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe was also teammates on the New York Giants with Demps in 2006.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfi eld played for Buffalo while S Nick Ferguson was on the Bills practice squad for part of the 2000 season.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell, S Darren Sharper, WR Robert Ferguson and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were all part of the Green Bay Packers organization while
Texans RB Ahman Green and FB Vonta Leach played there and Texans DL coach Jethro Franklin was on staff, and while DE Earl Cochran was on the team’s injured
reserve list in 2003.
- Longwell and Sharper also played for the Packers while Texans LB coach Johnny Holland was on staff and Rhodes was the head coach in Green Bay in 1999.
- Ferguson also played with Texans C Chris White in Green Bay in 2006.
- Vikings T Artis Hicks was teammates with Texans DE N.D. Kalu with Philadelphia, as was Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson.
- Johnson played for Philadelphia throughout Rhodes’ tenure as head coach of the Eagles (1995-98).
- Vikings S Madieu Williams and Texans WR Kevin Walter were teammates in Cincinnati while Vikings def. coord. Leslie Frazier was on staff with the Bengals.
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier were also on the Eagles staff while Kalu played in Philadelphia.
- Childress, Frazier and Artis Hicks coached and played for Philadelphia while Texans RB Ryan Moats was there.
- Gibbs was the offensive line coach in Kansas City while Johnson played there in 1994, and held the same position while Bieniemy played for San Diego in 1991.
- Vikings DL coach Karl Dunbar played for New Orleans while Marciano was on staff from 1992-93.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress coached at Northern Arizona while Vikings off. coord. Darrell Bevell and Texans asst. OL coach Frank Pollack played there.
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu was teammates at Boston College with Texans DT Tim Bulman.
- Vikings DE Ray Edwards was teammates at Purdue with Texans CB Jacques Reeves.
- Vikings WR Robert Ferguson’s position coach at Texas A&M in 2000 was Texans WR coach Larry Kirksey.
- Vikings CB Cedric Griffi n and DE Brian Robison were teammates at Texas with Texans DT Frank Okam and G Kasey Studdard.
- Griffi n and Loeffl er also played with Texans offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kyle Shanahan and special teams assistant Richard Hightower at Texas.