We’re getting towards the end of the 60s in our Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers series, and we’re still deep into offensive lineman territory with the number 62. There are two offensive linemen that stand out above the crowd for this number, with one coming from the glory days of the purple and gold and the other coming from more recent times.
The first one is guard Ed White, who was a member of the team from 1969 to 1976, meaning he is one of the Vikings that appeared in all four Vikings’ Super Bowls. He was a backup for Super Bowl IV as a rookie, but was the starter at left guard in Super Bowl VIII and IX and the starter at right guard in Super Bowl XI. White started in 93 of his 122 games for the Vikings over nine seasons, and then went on to play eight more seasons for the San Diego Chargers, starting 117 of 119 games there. In fact, when he retired, no offensive lineman had played in more NFL games than Ed White’s 241. He was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Vikings as well.
More recently, the number was well-represented by center Jeff Christy, who had it on his back from 1993 to 1999. Christy was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1992, but missed the entire season with a knee injury. He was released by the Cardinals and signed with the Vikings the next year. He played in nine games as a rookie (with no starts), but took over the starting job in 1994 and missed just four starts over the course of six seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1998 and 1999, and made the Pro Bowl both of those years with the Vikings as well. Unfortunately, he was released in the same salary cap purge that saw the team drop Randall McDaniel, and the pair of them eventually went to Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl.
Those two are just about it for notable 62s in the history of the Minnesota Vikings, as you’ll see from the list here.
Vikings that have worn the number 62:
- Bob Denton (1961 - 1964)
- Ed White (1969 - 1977)
- Brent Boyd (1980 - 1986)
- Brad White (1987)
- Chris Foote (1987 - 1990)
- Jeff Christy (1993 - 1999)
- Everett Lindsay (2001 - 2003)
- Ryan Cook (2006 - 2010)
- Vladimir Ducasse (2014)
- Nick Easton (2016 - present)
Just two more players until we finish up the 60s, ladies and gentlemen, with the #61 coming tomorrow.
Who is the greatest Viking to wear the number 62?
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Jeff Christy (1993 - 1999)
Ed White (1969 - 1977)