The matchup for Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots should be a good matchup between two great teams. If you're a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and torn as to which team you should cheer for, there's one thing that might sway you towards one particular side.
A look at the roster for the Patriots shows no former Vikings on their roster. On the other side, however. . .well, there's a reason we've taken to referring to the Seahawks as "Vikings West."
The biggest one on the Seattle side, and the one that makes me the happiest, is the fact that big Kevin Williams is going to have a chance to bring home a Super Bowl ring. Williams, the
7th 8th 9th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Vikings, was a dominant force at defensive tackle for the Vikings during the majority of his Minnesota career. He's most well-known outside of Minnesota as being a part of the "Williams Wall" with fellow defensive tackle Pat Williams, but he was awfully good before and after Phat Pat's time on the team. He was a great member of the Vikings, and even though we wish he had a chance to get a ring here with Minnesota, at least he has an opportunity to get one.
There's a lot of other purple blood on the Seattle sidelines as well. Former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is filling the same role on Pete Carroll's staff, and if we want to go way back, Carroll himself was a Vikings' assistant under Bud Grant and Jerry Burns. Seahawks' kicker Steven Hauschka was in camp with the Vikings in 2008. Heath Farwell, a special teams ace with the Vikings for many years, is still with the Seahawks (though he's on injured reserve right now). Another Seahawk on injured reserve, fullback Derrick Coleman, spent part of his rookie year in Training Camp with the Vikings. And, of course, there's Tarvaris Jackson, who's still serving as Russell Wilson's backup and played a vital role in their NFC Championship Game victory by winning the overtime coin toss (even though the Packers actually called the coin flip. . .Jackson was on the field for it, damn it).
But, you know, all of those guys got a ring last year. . .except for Williams.
I'm not saying that you should cheer for the Seahawks. . .honestly, I'm not even sure who I'm picking in this one yet. . .but if you're looking for former Vikings to cheer for, they're all on one side of the ledger in this one.