Its amazing sometimes when you look back at an NFL Team and realize how many stars were on that team. Especially with College football, try watching any 90′s Miami vs Florida State game, and you can pick out the NFL stars on both sidelines!
Well before we get into the 2014 CONNECTIONS between the Bucs and Vikings, here is the connection from old 90s Vikings team.
Notice at the end is a very young Curt Menefee who was in the booth back then. I used to hate when he would call Warrick Dunn “Warwick Dunn” Its not Diane Warwick!!
• Vikings Defensive Backs Coach Jerry Gray played for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers for one season (1993).
• Vikings Wide Receivers Coach George Stewart coached special
teams for four seasons (1992-95) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
• Vikings Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson coached running backs for two seasons (2002-03) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
including winning Super Bowl XXXVII.
• Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier spent seven
seasons (2007-13) with the Vikings, with the last three seasons as
the head coach (2011-13).
• Buccaneers Offensive Quality Control Coach Ben Steele played two
seasons (2003-04) at tight end for the Minnesota Vikings.
• Buccaneers Tight Ends Coach Jon Embree played tight end for
Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner who was the tight ends
coach for three seasons (1987-89) with the Los Angeles Rams.
• Buccaneers Offensive Line Coach George Warhop and Tight Ends Coach Jon Embree coached with Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner, Quarterbacks Coach Scott Turner and Coaching Assistant
Drew Petzing for one season (2013) with the Cleveland Browns.
• Buccaneers Wide Receivers Coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker and Vikings Defensive Line Coach Andre Patterson were on staff
together for one season at Florida International University (2013).
• Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith was the head coach for Vikings
DE Corey Wootton for the Chicago Bears from 2010-12.
• Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson (2009-13) and DT Clinton McDonald (2009-10) played for Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer
who was the Defensive Coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.
• Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner played for Vikings Defensive Backs Coach Jerry Gray (2011-13) and Assistant Defensive Backs
Coach Jonathan Gannon (2012-13) with the Tennessee Titans.
• Buccaneers WR Mike Evans played for Vikings Assistant Wide Receivers/ Quality Control Coach Klint Kingsbury at Texas A&M University (2011-12).
• Vikings TE MarQueis Gray played for Buccaneers Tight Ends Coach
Jon Embree with the Cleveland Browns for one season (2013).
• Vikings QB Christian Ponder played collegiately for Florida State
• Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes is a native of Miami, Florida, and
attended Norland High School and Florida State University.
• Vikings CB Josh Robinson is a native of Sunrise, Florida, and attended
Plantation High School and the University of Central Florida.
• Vikings K Blair Walsh is a native of Boca Raton, Florida, and
attended Cardinals Gibbons High School.
• Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is a native of Miami, Florida, and
attended Miami Northwestern High School along with Buccaneers
Linebacker Lavonte David (2007).
• Vikings CB Jabari Price is a native of Pompano Beach, Florida, and
attended Blanche Ely High School.
• Vikings Defensive Line Coach Andre Patterson coached at Florida
International University (Miami, FL) for one season (2013).
FORMER NFL TEAMMATES
• Buccaneers OL Garrett Gilkey and OL Oniel Cousins played
with Vikings TE MarQueis Gray and WR Charles Johnson for the
Cleveland Browns (2013).
• Buccaneers DE Larry English (2012-13) and CB Crezdon Butler
(2013) and Vikings T Mike Harris were teammates on the San Diego
• Buccaneers C Evan Dietrich-Smith (2009-12) and LB Danny
Lansanah (2008) played with Vikings WR Greg Jennings for the
Green Bay Packers.
• Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas and Vikings DT Tom Johnson were
teammates on the New Orleans Saints (2011-12).
• Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers and WR Louis Murphy played with
Vikings DT Linval Joseph for the New York Giants (2013).
• Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (2009-10) and WR Louis Murphy (2012) were teammates on the Carolina Panthers with Vikings CB
• Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (2012-13) and S Major Wright (2010-
13) played with Vikings DE Corey Wootton for the Chicago Bears.
FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES
• Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon and Vikings LB Audie Cole played at
North Carolina State (2008-11).
• Buccaneers WR Solomon Patton and Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd were
teammates at the University of Florida (2010-12).
• Buccaneers RB Mike James and Vikings TE Chase Ford played at
the University of Miami (2010-11).
• Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers and Vikings LB Chad Greenway
(2005) and CB Shawn Prater (2008) played at the University of
• Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner and Vikings T Mike Harris (2008-
09) and P Jeff Locke (2009) were teammates at UCLA.
• Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy and Vikings T Phil Loadholt played at
the University of Oklahoma (2007-08).
• Buccaneers DE Scott Solomon and Vikings S Andrew Sendejo were
teammates at Rice University (2007-09).
• Buccaneers QB Mike Kafka and Vikings DE Corey Wootton played
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼at Northwestern University 2006-09