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1962 Minnesota Vikings season
Head Coach Norm Van Brocklin
General Manager Bert Rose
Home Field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 2–11–1
Place 6th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1961 1963

The 1962 season was the Minnesota Vikings' second in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with a 2–11–1 record that still stands as the franchise's worst season record in terms of winning percentage, both by today's standards (.179) and at the time (.154), when ties were not counted as games played. The Vikings have won at least three games in every season since.

OffseasonEdit

1962 DraftEdit

1962 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Overall
1 2 Traded to the New York Giants[a]
2 17 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[b]
3 30 Bill Miller Wide receiver Miami (Florida)
4 45 Roy Winston Guard LSU
5 58 Traded to the New York Giants[c]
6 73 Larry Bowie Offensive tackle Purdue
7 86 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[d]
8 101 Paul White Running back Florida
9 114 Marshall Shirk Offensive tackle UCLA
10 129 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[e]
11 142 Traded to the Cleveland Browns[b]
12 157 Gary Fallon Running back Syracuse
13 170 Roger Van Cleef Offensive tackle Southwestern Oklahoma
14 185 Patrick Russ Offensive tackle Purdue
15 198 Larry Guilford End Pacific
16 213 John Contoulis Offensive tackle Connecticut
17 226 Ron Staley End Wisconsin
18 241 Junior Hawthorne Offensive tackle Kentucky
19 254 Tommy Minter Running back Baylor
20 269 Terry Cagaanan Running back Utah State
^[a] The Vikings traded their 1st-round selection (2nd overall) to the New York Giants in exchange for QB George Shaw.
^[b] The Vikings traded their 2nd-round selection (17th overall) and 11th-round selection (142nd overall) to Cleveland for DT Jim Prestel, DE Jim Marshall, LB Dick Grecni, RB Jamie Caleb, RB Billy Gault and DT Paul Dickson.
^[c] The Vikings traded their 5th-round selection (58th overall) to the New York Giants for RB Mel Triplett, TE Bob Schnelker and OT Bob Schmidt.
^[d] The Vikings traded their 7th-round selection (86th overall) to Philadelphia for TE Jerry Reichow.
^[e] The Vikings traded their 10th-round selection (129th overall) to Cleveland for DE Bob Denton.

RosterEdit

1962 Minnesota Vikings roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance[1]
1 August 11 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–30 0–1 Husky Stadium (Seattle, WA) 22,500
2 August 18 at Los Angeles Rams L 24–33 0–2 Multnomah Stadium (Portland, OR) 23,544
3 August 25 St. Louis Cardinals L 21–24 0–3 Parade Stadium (Minneapolis) 15,500
4 September 2 Baltimore Colts W 24–13 1–3 Metropolitan Stadium 27,227
5 September 8 Dallas Cowboys W 45–26 2–3 Grady Stadium (Atlanta, GA)[2] 12,500

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 16 at Green Bay Packers L 7–34 0–1 City Stadium 38,669
2 September 23 Baltimore Colts L 7–34 0–2 Metropolitan Stadium 30,787
3 September 30 at San Francisco 49ers L 7–21 0–3 Kezar Stadium 38,407
4 October 7 Chicago Bears L 0–13 0–4 Metropolitan Stadium 33,141
5 October 14 Green Bay Packers L 21–48 0–5 Metropolitan Stadium 41,475
6 October 21 at Los Angeles Rams W 38–14 1–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 33,071
7 October 28 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–21 2–5 Metropolitan Stadium 30,071
8 November 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–39 2–6 Forbes Field 14,462
9 November 11 at Chicago Bears L 30–31 2–7 Wrigley Field 46,984
10 November 18 Detroit Lions L 6–17 2–8 Metropolitan Stadium 31,257
11 November 25 Los Angeles Rams T 24–24 2–8–1 Metropolitan Stadium 26,728
12 December 2 San Francisco 49ers L 12–35 2–9–1 Metropolitan Stadium 33,076
13 December 9 at Detroit Lions L 23–37 2–10–1 Tiger Stadium 42,256
14 December 16 at Baltimore Colts L 17–42 2–11–1 Memorial Stadium 53,645

StandingsEdit

Template:1962 NFL Western standings

PostseasonEdit

Second-year halfback Tommy Mason was the only Viking voted to the East–West Pro Bowl game, played January 13, 1963, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and won by the East 30–20.

StatisticsEdit

Team leadersEdit

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Fran Tarkenton 2,595
Passing touchdowns Fran Tarkenton 22
Rushing yards Tommy Mason 740
Rushing touchdowns Tommy Mason
Fran Tarkenton
Mel Triplett
2
Receiving yards Tommy Mason 603
Receiving touchdowns Charley Ferguson
Tommy Mason
6
Points Jim Christopherson 61
Kickoff return yards Bill Butler 588
Punt return yards Bill Butler 169
Interceptions Ed Sharockman 6

League rankingsEdit

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 14)
Passing offense 2,216 158.3 11th
Rushing offense 1,864 133.1 6th
Total offense 4,080 291.4 12th
Passing defense 3,123 223.1 11th
Rushing defense 1,978 141.3 10th
Total defense 5,101 364.4 12th

ReferencesEdit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Cleveland Baltimore
Dallas Chicago
NY Giants Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
St. Louis Minnesota
Washington San Francisco
1962 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl
Related: 1962 AFL Season


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