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Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers: #63

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A lot of “good,” but no real “great.”

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In the history of the Minnesota Vikings, the number 63 has seen some good players carry it out onto the field, but no real “great” players. Let’s look at a few offensive linemen that have worn the number in purple and gold history.

The earliest prominent #63 was guard Jim Vellone, who wore the number from 1966 to 1970. After playing right guard in his first season with the team, Vellone spent four seasons at left guard, garnering the majority of the starts from 1967 to 1970. He was the starter at left guard for the Vikings’ first Super Bowl team.

Up next, we have center Kirk Lowdermilk, who played for the team from 1985 to 1992. After playing sparingly in his first two seasons, Lowdermilk grabbed the starting center spot in 1987 and started 84 of the team’s 92 games during that time. He started every non-strike game during the Vikings’ run to the 1987 NFC Championship Game against the Washington Redskins.

Corbin Lacina had a decent run with the Vikings from 1999 to 2002, coming to the Vikings after spending time with the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. He was the primary starter at left guard beginning in 2000, having the unenviable task of replacing all-timer Randall McDaniel at the position. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t awful, either.

Most recently, the number belonged to guard Brandon Fusco. Fusco actually got off to a decent start with the Vikings in his first couple of seasons. Then he signed a big contract extension, got injured, and just wasn’t really the same afterwards. (Switching from right guard to left guard may have been a hindrance, too.) Still, for a couple of seasons, he was a solid starter on the offensive line for this team.

Again, there have been some “good” players to wear the number 63 for our favorite football team, but nobody really “great.”

Vikings that have worn the number 63:

  • Jim Battle (1963)
  • Jim Vellone (1966 - 1970)
  • Nick Bebout (1980)
  • Robert Cobb (1984)
  • Kirk Lowdermilk (1985 - 1992)
  • Kirk Ploeger (1987)
  • Frank Cornish (1994)
  • Corbin Lacina (1999 - 2002)
  • Bill Conaty (2004)
  • Brandon Fusco (2011 - 2016)

That’s the number 63, folks. We’ll keep moving on to the number 62 tomorrow!

Poll

Who is the greatest Viking to wear the number 63?

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  • 3%
    Brandon Fusco (2011 - 2016)
    (37 votes)
  • 0%
    Corbin Lacina (1999 - 2002)
    (6 votes)
  • 92%
    Kirk Lowdermilk (1985 - 1992)
    (934 votes)
  • 3%
    Jim Vellone (1966 - 1970)
    (36 votes)
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