In a little more than three weeks, Minnesota Vikings' legend Mick Tingelhoff will get his long overdue induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Today, the National Football League announced that the man that will give Tingelhoff's introduction speech is the man that received more snaps from Tingelhoff than anybody else.
Fellow Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton will be the man that inducts Tingelhoff into the Hall of Fame on 8 August.
Tingelhoff joined the Vikings as an unsigned free agent in 1962, which was Tarkenton's second year with the Vikings. Tingelhoff, who started 240 consecutive games at center for Minnesota, was Tarkenton's teammate from 1962 to 1966, and from 1972 to 1978. From 1967 to 1971, Tarkenton was the quarterback of the New York Giants.
The pair played in three Super Bowls during that second stretch, but could not notch a victory. Tingelhoff is one of eleven players to have played in all four Vikings' Super Bowl appearances.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, 8 August starting at 6:00 PM Central time, and will be aired on the NFL Network. The Vikings will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers the next night, 9 August, in the year's first preseason game, which gets underway at 7:00 PM Central time.