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Minnesota Vikings

What do you know about the Minnesota Vikings?  Plays this Alan's FUN NFL Sports Trivia Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the bottom of the page.

Alan's NFL FUN Trivia Quizzes - Trivia powered by ABE1. A new professional team in the area did not surface again until August 1959, when three Minneapolis businessmen [Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter] were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League. Five months later, in January 1960, the ownership group, along with Bernie Ridder forfeited its AFL membership and was then awarded the National Football League's 14th franchise with play to begin in 1961.

  • True or False?

2. Who was the first head coach of the team in 1961?

  • Norm Van Brocklin
  • Nick Skorich
  • Ara Parseghian

3. With the first overall selection in the 1961 NFL draft, the Vikings selected running back Tommy Mason of Tulane. They took a young quarterback from the University of Georgia in the third round. Who was the University of Georgia quarterback?

  • Norm Snead
  • Hugh McElhenny
  • Fran Tarkenton

4. In 1967, Bud Grant became the new head coach. What team was he the head coach of?

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Philadelphia Eagles

5. During the late 1960s, the Vikings were building a powerful defense known as the Purple People Eaters. Who was NOT a Purple People Eater?

  • Alan Page
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Jim Marshall

6. From 1961 to 1981, where did they play their home games?

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Twins Field
  • Metropolitan Stadium

7. Minnesota became the first modern NFL expansion team to win an NFL Championship Game, and earned a berth in Super Bowl IV. The heavily favored Vikings won that game from the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7.

  • True or False?

8. On October 12, 1989, the Vikings acquired Herschel Walker from Dallas. The final result of the trade gave the Vikings Walker, a 3rd round choice Mike Jones, a 5th round choice Reggie Thornton and 10th-round choice Pat Newman in 1990 and a 3rd-round choice in 1991 Jake Reed, while Dallas received Issiac Holt, David Howard, Darrin Nelson, Jesse Solomon, Alex Stewart, a 1st, 2nd and 6th-round choice in 1990, a 1st and 2nd-round choice in 1991 and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd-round choice in 1992. Two of those selections turned into Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson. Herschel's performance fell short of expectations in his 3 seasons with the Vikings, while the Cowboys rode their draft picks to 3 Super Bowl victories in the early to mid 1990s.

  • True or False?

9. In 1986, who was the first Viking inducted into thee Pro Football Hall of Fame?

  • Alan Page
  • Fran Tarkenton
  • Paul Krause

10. Who coached the team one season with a 3-13 record?

  • Jerry Burns
  • Mike Tice
  • Les Steckel

 

Minnesota Vikings
[Answers]

  1. True
  2. Norm Van Brocklin
  3. Fran Tarkenton
  4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  5. Mark Reynolds
  6. Metropolitan Stadium
  7. False. The Vikings lost the game.
  8. True
  9. Fran Tarkenton
  10. Les Steckel

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