1961 Minnesota Vikings season
The 1961 season
was the Minnesota Vikings
' first in the National Football League
after being created as an expansion franchise. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin
, the team finished with a 3–11 record. The team's first ever regular season game was a 37–13 victory against their divisional rivals, the Chicago Bears
; in that game, rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton
came off the bench to toss four touchdown passes and run for another.
The Vikings' defense surrendered 5.41 rushing yards per attempt in 1961, the fifth-most of all time.
Although the NFL originally had no interest in expanding, after Max Winter and Bill Boyer agreed to start an American Football League (AFL) franchise in Minnesota, the NFL approached them to change leagues. The "Vikings" name was given to the team by Ole Haugsrud, who had been given a 10% stake in the franchise as a result of having sold the Duluth Eskimos back to the league in the 1920s.
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