1962 Minnesota Vikings season

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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
Division place 6th NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify

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 have won at least three games in every season since.

Offseason[edit]

1962 Draft[edit]

1962 Minnesota Vikings 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.

Roster[edit]

1962 Minnesota Vikings final 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

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Record
1 1962-09-16 at Green Bay Packers L 7-34 City Stadium 38,669 0–1
2 1962-09-23 Baltimore Colts L 7-34 Metropolitan Stadium 30,787 0–2
3 1962-09-30 at San Francisco 49ers L 7-21 Kezar Stadium 38,407 0–3
4 1962-10-07 Chicago Bears L 0-13 Metropolitan Stadium 33,141 0–4
5 1962-10-14 Green Bay Packers L 21-48 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 31-39 Forbes Field 14,462 2–6
9 1962-11-11 at Chicago Bears L 30-31 Wrigley Field 46,984 2–7
10 1962-11-18 Detroit Lions L 6-17 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 12-35 Metropolitan Stadium 33,076 2–9–1
13 1962-12-09 at Detroit Lions L 23-37 Tiger Stadium 42,256 2–10–1
14 1962-12-16 at Baltimore Colts L 17-42 Memorial Stadium 53,645 2–11–1

Postseason[edit]

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.

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 13 1 0 .929 11–1 415 148 W3
Detroit Lions 11 3 0 .786 10–2 315 177 L1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 8–4 321 287 W2
Baltimore Colts 7 7 0 .500 5–7 293 288 W2
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 282 331 L2
Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 .154 1–10–1 254 410 L3
Los Angeles Rams 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 220 334 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

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 rankings[edit]

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

References[edit]