VIKINGS-TITANS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings WR Bobby Wade played for Tennessee in 2005 and 2006.
- Titans FB Ahmard Hall (pronounced “ah-MOD”), whose middle name is Rashad, was named after former Vikings
WR Ahmad Rashad.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings T Artis Hicks attended Central Merry High in Jackson, TN, and played collegiately at Memphis.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera played collegiately at the University of Tennessee.
- Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was a graduate assistant for the University of Minnesota in 1990
NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings DT Pat Williams and CB Antoine Winfi eld played in Buffalo with Titans LB Josh Stamer and while Titans wide receivers coach Fred Graves was on staff.
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson played with Titans assistant secondary coach Marcus Robertson in Seattle.
- Vikings WRs Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade played with Titans WR Justin Gage in Chicago.
- Vikings S Darren Sharper, K Ryan Longwell and WR Robert Ferguson all played for Green Bay while Titans K Rob Bironas was there for the 2002 training
camp. Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was on staff with the Packers at that time.
- Sharper and Longwell were teammates of Titans P Craig Hentrich during their rookie season in Green Bay.
- Vikings DE Ellis Wyms was teammates with Titans QB Chris Simms for Tampa Bay while Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods was on staff
- Vikings QB Gus Frerotte, DT Fred Evans and DE Otis Grigsby all played with Titans DT Kevin Vickerson with the Miami Dolphins.
- Vikings def. coord. Leslie Frazier and Titans head coach Jeff Fisher played together for the Chicago Bears on the Super Bowl XX Championship team.
- Frazier’s last year playing for the Bears, 1986, was Titans assistant head coach/linebackers Dave McGinnis’ fi rst year as Chicago’s linebackers coach.
- Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar was on McGinnis’ staff when he was the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals and coached with him while McGinnis was the
Cardinals defensive coordinator, as well as Titans special teams assistant Marty Galbraith.
- Frazier was on staff in Indianapolis when Titans CB Nick Harper, G Jake Scott and LB David Thornton played there.
- Vikings tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson and Titans running backs coach Earnest Byner played together for the Washington Redskins. Johnson was also team
mates with Titans director of player personnel Lake Dawson on the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor played for the Baltimore Ravens while Byner was the team’s director of player development.
- Vikings T Artis Hicks and FB Thomas Tapeh played with Titans DE Jevon Kearse for Philadelphia. Vikings head coach Brad Childress, head strength and
conditioning coach Tom Kanavy and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman were also on staff while Kearse played for the Eagles.
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu played for Carolina while Titans DT Tony Brown was in the Panthers 2003 training camp and played one game for the team in 2006. Brown
also played with Vikings RB Maurice Hicks in San Francisco in 2004.
- Vikings LB Ben Leber played with Titans DE Dave Ball for San Diego.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe played with Titans QB Kerry Collins for the New York Giants in 2003.
- Vikings WR coach George Stewart was on Atlanta’s staff while Titans TE Alge Crumpler was there.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
- Vikings LS Cullen Loeffl er, CB Cedric Griffi n and DE Brian Robison were teammates with Titans DB Michael Griffi n, FB Ahmard Hall, TE Bo Scaife and QB
Vince Young at Texas. Loeffl er and Griffi n also played with Titans QB Chris Simms at Texas.
- Vikings P Chris Kluwe played with Titans DE Dave Ball at UCLA while Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy was on staff.
- Vikings WR Aundrae Allison and Titans RB Chris Johnson were teammates at East Carolina.
- Vikings DE Letroy Guion and Titans WR Chris Davis played together at Florida State.
- Vikings WR Bernard Berrian and CB Marcus McCauley played at Fresno State with Titans WR Paul Williams.
- Vikings def. line coach Karl Dunbar and Titans C Kevin Mawae were teammates at LSU in 1989 while Titans asst. special teams coach Marty Galbraith was on staff.
- Vikings WR Bobby Wade played at the University of Arizona while Titans secondary coach Chuck Cecil was the team’s television analyst.
- Vikings T Artis Hicks and Titans DT Tony Brown were teammates at Memphis. Hicks also played at Memphis with Titans DE Jacob Ford.