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Let's Get Mick Tingelhoff in the Hall of Fame

The Daily Norseman is loading up the longboats and setting off on a crusade to get Mick Tingelhoff into the Hall of Fame.

Mick Tinglehoff, courtesy of
Mick Tinglehoff, courtesy of

Today it was announced that Mick Tingelhoff was the lone "Seniors Nominee" for the 2015 Hall of Fame candidates.

There are two older era Vikings players that are deserving of being in the Hall of Fame, but are currently not there yet.  One is Jim Marshall, but the other is Mick Tingeloff.  If you're unaware of who Mick Tingelhoff is, let me take this moment to shed some light on him as a player.

After attending the University of Nebraska, and starting for his final senior year, Tingelhoff found his way to the Vikings in 1962 as an undrafted free agent.  This was the Vikings second year of existence, and Tingelhoff was able to earn the starting center position during training camp that year; a spot he would continue to hold until his retirement in 1978 (17 years later!).  Over the course of a very long and productive career for the Vikings in which he started 240 consecutive games, he was named to the Pro Bowl six times and was voted on by the Associated Press as a first team All-Pro five times.  There are only five centers in the history of the NFL with more All-Pro selections than Tingelhoff, and all five of them are in the Hall of Fame already.  He appeared in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances, and is a member of the Vikings "Ring of Honor" and is also one of only six players to have his number retired by the team.  He is a member of the University of Nebraska's Hall of Fame, and recently was given the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award

Of all of the major accomplishments the 46-member Hall of Fame committee would consider, Tingelhoff has managed to achieve greatness in all of them.  Let's consider:

1.       Length of Career and Consecutive Starts?
-Check, played 348 Preseason, Regular Season and Post-season a row.

2.       Recognition of the Press in his own era?
-Check, 5-time, first team all-pro

3.       Pro-Bowl appearances?
-Check, 6-time Pro-Bowler

4.       Part of a successful and dominant team?
-Check, 4-time NFC Champion, four Super Bowl appearances

5.       Considered to be among the best at his position in his era?
-Check, only Jim Otto was better (and he's already in the Hall).

6.       Received other significant recognition?
-Check (Nebraska Hall of Fame, Gerald R. Ford Legends Award)

Pro Football Reference gives Tingelhoff a career AV rating of 102, which puts him 99th overall among players since 1950, and is ranked 136th overall in that sites "Fan ELO" rating, just behind Bart Starr and George Blanda, but ahead of Marvin Harrison (all players either in the Hall of Fame or past finalists).  There's no good reason that Mick Tingelhoff shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, or at the very least, not even been a finalist yet.  So, it is up to fans like us at the Daily Norseman to sway the 46-member committee to vote "yes" on Tingelhoff's recent Seniors Nomination.  Tingelhoff must receive an 80% yes vote from this committee in order to be selected into the Hall (37 yes votes).  Although if past history is any indication, a Seniors Nomination is nearly as good as an 80% yes vote.  Still, I've included a table below (because how could I not include a table?) that has the name, association and contact information for all 46-members of the Hall of Fame committee, pulled directly from the Hall of Fame website.  I implore you to contact these voters by any means necessary to voice your support for getting Mick Tingelhoff into the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Voting Committee


Name and Source

Contact Information

Twitter Handle


Kent Somers, Arizona Republic

Azcentral Blog



Len Pasquarelli, CBS-Atlanta




Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV



Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News

@Mark Gaughan


Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk




Dan Pompei, Report*



Joe Reedy, Fox Sports Ohio




Tony Grossi, Radio



Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*



Jeff Legwold,






Green Bay





John McClain, Houston Chronicle*

Houston Chronicle



Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star




Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV


Kansas City

Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star



Edwin Pope, Miami Herald



Mark Craig, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune


New England

Ron Borges, Boston Herald*



New Orleans

Jeff Duncan, Times-Picayune



New York

Bob Glauber, Newsday


New York

Gary Myers, New York Daily News

New York Daily News



Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange



Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News



Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



St. Louis

Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*



San Diego

Nick Canepa, San Diego Union Tribune


San Francisco

Nancy Gay, Comcast Sportsnet




Mike Sando,

ESPN Mailbag


Tampa Bay

Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune



David Climer, The Tennessean



David Elfin, 106.7 The Fan




Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


At Large

Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange


At Large

Jarrett Bell, USA Today



At Large

John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine

ESPN Mailbag


At Large

Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports

Yahoo Mailbag


At Large

John Czarnecki,*

Fox Sports Mailbag


At Large

Clark Judge,

Talk of Fame Mailbag


At Large

Peter King, Sports Illustrated


At Large

Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange* (guessing)


At Large

Sal Paolantonio, ESPN



At Large

Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union

phone: 904-359-4279


At Large

Jim Trotter, ESPN


At Large

Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star Telegram


At Large

Barry Wilner, Associated Press



It's a very good sign that the news of Tingelhoff's inclusion as a Senior Nominee was included in the Talk of the Hall blog and podcast, which is run by three members of the voting committee.  I didn't have the pleasure of watching Tingelhoff play, as I still wasn't even born yet when he retired in 1978.  But, everything I have learned about Tingelhoff leads me to believe that him not being in the Hall of Fame is a major snub.  So, in closing, check out this short highlight video from and let's try to get Mick Tingelhoff trending on twitter: #GotMickTingelHOF? and get him in the Hall of Fame!