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1961 Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 7th place Western Conference 3-11-0 .214
Head Coach: Norm Van Brocklin
Offensive EndsDarrel Brewster
Defensive BacksHarry Gilmer
Defensive LineStan West
Offensive LineWalt Yowarsky
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1961NDallas Cowboys13-38LSioux Falls, SDHoward Wood Field4954
Fri8/18/1961ABaltimore Colts3-13LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium10203
Sat8/26/1961NSan Francisco 49ers10-14LPortland, ORMultnomah Stadium27044
Sat9/2/1961HChicago Bears7-30LCedar Rapids, IAKingston Stadium12500
Sun9/10/1961HLos Angeles Rams17-21LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium27922
Sun9/17/1961HChicago Bears37-13WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium32326
Sun9/24/1961ADallas Cowboys7-21LDallas, TXCotton Bowl12992
Sun10/1/1961ABaltimore Colts33-34LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium54259
Sun10/8/1961HDallas Cowboys0-28LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium33070
Sun10/15/1961HSan Francisco 49ers24-38LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium34415
Sun10/22/1961HGreen Bay Packers7-33LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium42007
Sun10/29/1961AGreen Bay Packers10-28LMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium44112
Sun11/5/1961ALos Angeles Rams17-31LLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum38594
Sun11/12/1961HBaltimore Colts28-20WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium38010
Sun11/19/1961HDetroit Lions10-37LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium32296
Sun11/26/1961ASan Francisco 49ers28-38LSan Francisco, CAKezar Stadium43905
Sun12/3/1961HLos Angeles Rams42-21WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium30068
Sun12/10/1961ADetroit Lions7-13LDetroit, MITiger Stadium42655
Sun12/17/1961AChicago Bears35-52LChicago, ILWrigley Field34539
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
67Grady AldermanLOT6-224223Detroit Mercy1414
73Bill BishopRDT6-424830North Texas10
23Jamie CalebFB6-121025Grambling State10
71Ed CulpepperRDT-LDT6-125527Alabama1414
62Bob DentonROT-LOT6-424127Stockton JC; Pacific14
25Dean DerbyLS6-018726Washington8
76Paul DicksonDE6-525224Baylor7
44Billy GaultDB6-118525Texas Christian4
50Dick GrecniLLB6-123023Ohio University12
28Dick HaleyHB5-1019324Pittsburgh8
58Rip HawkinsMLB6-323122North Carolina1413
32Ray HayesFB6-322526Maryland-Eastern Shore; Central Oklahoma13
65Gerry HuthLOG5-1122628Wake Forest1414
41Gene JohnsonLS6-018726Cincinnati4
83Don JoyceRDE-RDT6-325332Tulane147
52Bill LaphamC6-325027Drake; Iowa1413
59Jim LeoLDE6-122224Cincinnati14
70Jim MarshallLDE-RDE6-323924Ohio State1414
20Tommy MasonHB-FL6-019522Tulane13
35Doug MayberryFB6-122324California; Yuba JC; Utah State4
39Hugh McElhennyFL-HB-FB6-119733Compton CC; Washington1313
18Mike MercerK-P6-020826Minnesota; Florida State; Hardin-Simmons; Northern Arizona140
39Dave MiddletonSE6-119428Auburn1211
40Jack MorrisLCB6-018930Oregon1414
24Rich MostardiLS-RS5-1118823Charleston; Kent State119
88Fred MurphyTE6-320523Georgia Tech13
31Clancy OsborneLLB6-321827Arizona State1411
22Dick PesonenRCB6-019023Minnesota; Minnesota-Duluth1111
66Ken PetersenC6-223522Utah12
79Jim PrestelLDT-RDT6-526424Idaho1414
64Mike RaboldROG6-223923Indiana1414
89Jerry ReichowHB-FL6-221727Iowa14
47Justin RowlandRCB6-218924Arlington State JC; Texas Christian5
54Karl RubkeRLB6-424026Santa Rosa JC; Southern California1313
85Bob SchnelkerTE6-321433Bowling Green State6
45Ed SharockmanCB6-020022Pittsburgh1
14George ShawQB6-118328Oregon8
43Will ShermanFL-HB-LS6-219734St. Mary's (California)8
77LeBron ShieldsLDE6-424524Tennessee6
87Gordie SmithTE6-221122Arizona State; Missouri98
26Charlie SumnerRS6-119431William & Mary1312
10Fran TarkentonQB6-119021Georgia1410
33Mel TriplettFB6-121531Toledo148
82A.D. WilliamsSE6-221028Santa Monica JC; Pacific13
72Frank YousoROT6-425725Minnesota1413
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Tommy Mason11HBTulane
Rip Hawkins215LBNorth Carolina
Fran Tarkenton329QBGeorgia
Chuck Lamson443HBWyomingFuture
Ed Sharockman557HBPittsburgh
Jerry Burch671EGeorgia Tech
Al Ferrie785EWagner
Paul Lindquist899TNew Hampshire
Dan Sheehan9113TTennessee-Chattanooga
Doug Mayberry10127FBUtah State
Jerry Mays11141TSouthern Methodist
Steve Stonebreaker12155EDetroit MercyFuture
Ray Hayes13169FBCentral Oklahoma
Ken Petersen14183TUtah
Mike Mercer15197ENorthern Arizona
Ted Karpowicz16211HBDetroit Mercy
Willie Jones17225BPurdue
Bob Voight18239TLos Angeles StateFuture
Bill Hill19253FBPresbyterian
Mike McFarland20267QBWestern Illinois
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals58938351
Opponents Totals8712080120
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals29:4723610412396818337.271546.736375
Opponents Totals30:13291147132126916242.671258.365638
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Jerry Reichow110000066
Mike Mercer0363797.392142.9063
Hugh McElhenny70000042
Fran Tarkenton50000030
Gordon Smith40000024
Tommy Mason30000018
Ray Hayes20000012
Dave Middleton20000012
Bob Schnelker1000006
Mel Triplett1000006
A.D. Williams1000006
Team Totals37363797.392142.90285
Opponents Totals52505296.2155626.80407
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Mike Mercer92142.94/54/61/50/50/0
Team Totals92142.94/54/61/50/50/0
Opponents Totals155626.87/71/34/92/61/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Hugh McElhenny1205704.8413
Mel Triplett804075.1371
Ray Hayes733194.4222
Fran Tarkenton563085.552t5
Tommy Mason602263.8213
Doug Mayberry13403.1130
George Shaw10393.9190
Jamie Caleb3113.740
Jerry Reichow393.0210
Mike Mercer1-32-32.0-320
Team Totals41918974.552t14
Opponents Totals49326675.47329
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Fran Tarkenton28015756.110619977.112.771t186.4176.144416158174.7
George Shaw914650.5415305.811.542t44.444.41412240864.8
Jamie Caleb100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Tommy Mason100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Hugh McElhenny100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Jerry Reichow300.0200.000.0133.30000.0
Team Totals37720353.815225276.712.471t225.8225.8538198970.0
Opponents Totals36519453.214930518.415.778215.8226.015125292675.3
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Jerry Reichow5085917.251t11
Hugh McElhenny372837.6263
Dave Middleton3044414.857t2
Tommy Mason201226.1180
Ray Hayes161217.6220
A.D. Williams1317413.4491
Gordon Smith1232026.771t4
Mel Triplett10414.1150
Bob Schnelker67011.7201
Dick Haley34314.3220
Will Sherman24020.0320
Doug Mayberry2189.0130
Jamie Caleb2-8-4.050
Team Totals203252712.471t22
Opponents Totals194305115.77821
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Rip Hawkins57014.0340
Clancy Osborne4358.8100
Dean Derby37324.3300
Jack Morris29045.0650
Rich Mostardi22211.0210
Charlie Sumner263.060
Dick Pesonen12828.0280
Dick Grecni11616.0160
Karl Rubke11212.0120
Justin Rowland144.040
Team Totals2235616.2650
Opponents Totals2221910.02
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Mike Mercer63245839.0592138
Team Totals63245839.059213836.8
Opponents Totals46190641.475048309151733.0
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Tommy Mason14414610.4230
Hugh McElhenny8615519.481t1
Jamie Caleb1088.080
Team Totals2330913.481t1
Opponents Totals23241386.0260
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Tommy Mason2560324.1420
Jamie Caleb2250422.9380
Justin Rowland817521.9300
Dick Pesonen613622.7600
Mel Triplett34113.7180
Jim Leo393.090
Hugh McElhenny25929.5350
Billy Gault24120.5210
Ray Hayes100.000
Team Totals72156821.8600
Opponents Totals51114822.5400
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Grady Alderman00303150
Ed Culpepper0002200
Dean Derby0002200
Dick Haley110100
Ray Hayes500000
Gerry Huth0001100
Jim Marshall0004400
Tommy Mason720200
Hugh McElhenny820220
Dave Middleton0010100
Jack Morris0002200
Rich Mostardi00033180
Fred Murphy0002200
Clancy Osborne0002200
Dick Pesonen100000
Ken Petersen0001100
Jim Prestel0001100
George Shaw100000
Gordon Smith100000
Charlie Sumner0003320
Fran Tarkenton850500
Mel Triplett400000
Team Totals3622142337370
Opponents Totals3123822300
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