1962 Minnesota Vikings season

1962 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Norm Van Brocklin
General manager Bert Rose
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 2–11–1
Division place 6th NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify

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 weren't counted as games played. The Vikings have won at least three games in every season since.


1962 Draft

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.


1962 Minnesota Vikings final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

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


Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
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) 12,500

Regular season


1September 16at Green Bay PackersL 7–340–1City Stadium38,669
2September 23Baltimore ColtsL 7–340–2Metropolitan Stadium30,787
3September 30at San Francisco 49ersL 7–210–3Kezar Stadium38,407
4October 7Chicago BearsL 0–130–4Metropolitan Stadium33,141
5October 14Green Bay PackersL 21–480–5Metropolitan Stadium41,475
6October 21at Los Angeles RamsW 38–141–5Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum33,071
7October 28Philadelphia EaglesW 31–212–5Metropolitan Stadium30,071
8November 4at Pittsburgh SteelersL 31–392–6Forbes Field14,462
9November 11at Chicago BearsL 30–312–7Wrigley Field46,984
10November 18Detroit LionsL 6–172–8Metropolitan Stadium31,257
11November 25Los Angeles RamsT 24–242–8–1Metropolitan Stadium26,728
12December 2San Francisco 49ersL 12–352–9–1Metropolitan Stadium33,076
13December 9at Detroit LionsL 23–372–10–1Tiger Stadium42,256
14December 16at Baltimore ColtsL 17–422–11–1Memorial Stadium53,645


NFL Western Conference
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.


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.


Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yardsFran Tarkenton2,595
Passing touchdownsFran Tarkenton22
Rushing yardsTommy Mason740
Rushing touchdownsTommy Mason
Fran Tarkenton
Mel Triplett
Receiving yardsTommy Mason603
Receiving touchdownsCharley Ferguson
Tommy Mason
PointsJim Christopherson61
Kickoff return yardsBill Butler588
Punt return yardsBill Butler169
InterceptionsEd Sharockman6

League rankings

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 14)
Passing offense2,216158.311th
Rushing offense1,864133.16th
Total offense4,080291.412th
Passing defense3,123223.111th
Rushing defense1,978141.310th
Total defense5,101364.412th


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