1962 Minnesota Vikings season

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1962 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Norm Van Brocklin
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Results
Record 2–11–1
Division place 6th NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1961 1963 >

The 1962 Minnesota Vikings season was the second year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 43rd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of two wins, 11 losses, and one tie under head coach Norm Van Brocklin. The 2-11-1 record still stands as the Vikings' worst season record by terms of winning percentage, both by today's standards (.179) and back then (.154), where ties weren't counted as games played. The Vikings would later win at least three games in every season since.

Offseason[edit]

1962 Draft[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Record
1 1962-09-16 at Green Bay Packers L 34–7 City Stadium 38,669 0–1
2 1962-09-23 Baltimore Colts L 34–7 Metropolitan Stadium 30,787 0–2
3 1962-09-30 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–7 Kezar Stadium 38,407 0–3
4 1962-10-07 Chicago Bears L 13–0 Metropolitan Stadium 33,141 0–4
5 1962-10-14 Green Bay Packers L 48–21 Metropolitan Stadium 41,475 0–5
6 1962-10-21 at Los Angeles Rams W 38–14 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 33,071 1–5
7 1962-10-28 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–21 Metropolitan Stadium 30,071 2–5
8 1962-11-04 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 39–31 Forbes Field 14,462 2–6
9 1962-11-11 at Chicago Bears L 31–30 Wrigley Field 46,984 2–7
10 1962-11-18 Detroit Lions L 17–6 Metropolitan Stadium 31,257 2–8
11 1962-11-25 Los Angeles Rams T 24–24 Metropolitan Stadium 26,728 2–8–1
12 1962-12-02 San Francisco 49ers L 35–12 Metropolitan Stadium 33,076 2–9–1
13 1962-12-09 at Detroit Lions L 37–23 Tiger Stadium 42,256 2–10–1
14 1962-12-16 at Baltimore Colts L 42–17 Memorial Stadium 53,645 2–11–1

Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 13 1 0 .929 415 148 W-3
Detroit Lions 11 3 0 .786 315 177 L-1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 321 287 W-2
Baltimore Colts 7 7 0 .500 293 288 W-2
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 282 331 L-2
Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 .154 254 410 L-3
Los Angeles Rams 1 12 1 .077 220 334 L-3

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