This article details the history of the Minnesota Vikings, an American football club of the National Football League (NFL).

The Minnesota Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1961.The Vikings' first draft selection as an NFL team was Tommy Mason, a running back from Tulane University.

Nickname: In the initial months following the its formation, the Dallas team was known as the “Steers.” After a few weeks, however, the name was changed to “Rangers.”

Frank Filchock 1960-1961 Jack Faulkner 1962-1964 Mac Speedie 1964-1966 Ray Malavasi 1966 Lou Saban 1967-1971 Jerry Smith 1971 John Ralston 1972-1976

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