Excellence Embodied: The Minnesota Vikings Story, Part 2

Bud Grant ushered in a new era of Minnesota Vikings football. We’re talking about Joe Kapp, Paul Krause and the Purple People Eaters. Eventually, the Vikings become a formidable opponent, the best team in the NFL before the merger. However, we get our first hint that the Vikes are bitten by a snake.

Luke Braun brilliantly tells the story of the Vikings of the 60s and 70s in part 2 of his documentary.

From Luke:

What makes a man great? In point. 2, let’s take a look at the bulk of the Purple Gang of the late 1960s and 1970s, the players who made up the greatest teams to ever grace Minnesota football. Where they come from – and how they got to Minnesota – showcases diversity, arrogance and, above all, a little Grab-Ass.

This episode profiles several famous Viking players, including Paul Krause, Ron Yary, Alan Page, and Joe Kapp. These Vikings were the 1969 team that made it to Super Bowl IV, a story with so much drama and fanfare surrounding it, you have to go all the way back to 1960 to tell it properly. If you want to understand how the Vikings spent the biggest three-year stretch in post-war NFL history, you have to understand these people.

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