Legendary Minnesota Viking Mick Tingelhoff Dead at 81

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The Minnesota Vikings announced on Saturday that Hall of Fame center and ironman Mick Tingelhoff has passed away at the age of 81. He became one of 17 players in NFL history to go undrafted and earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Tingelhoff joined the team in 1962 and led an incredible 17-year career. During his time in Minnesota, Tingelhoff accumulated six Pro Bowl nods, five first-team All-Pro honors, recorded 204 consecutive starts — failing to miss a game in his career — and was instrumental in the 1969 championship run for Minnesota.

Regarded as one of the greatest players in Vikings history, Tingelhoff’s legacy was commemorated by Vikings’ ownership in a statement released on Saturday:

“Mick Tingelhoff was the anchor of the great Vikings teams during an amazing era that included four Super Bowls. A humble but strong leader, he defined toughness. Mick’s legacy will live on as a Hall of Famer, on the field and off the field. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The legendary center’s jersey and number have been retired at U.S. Bank Stadium. Tingelhoff has also been inducted in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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