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1972 Minnesota Vikings season

1972 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Bud Grant
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Metropolitan Stadium
Record 7–7
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
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< 1971 1973 >

1972 was the 12th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and seven losses.


1972 Draft

Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 10 10 Jeff Siemon Linebacker Stanford from Patriots
24 24 Traded to the New York Giants
2 24 50 Ed Marinaro Running Back Cornell
3 7 59 Bart Buetow Offensive Tackle Minnesota from Packers
24 76 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles
4 24 102 Traded to the Denver Broncos
5 24 128 Traded to the Los Angeles Rams
6 24 154 Amos Martin Linebacker Louisville
7 25 181 Bill Slater Defensive End Western Michigan originally Dolphins pick
8 24 206 Calvin Demery Wide Receiver Arizona State
9 24 232 Charlie Goodrum Guard Florida A&M
10 24 258 Willie Aldridge Running Back South Carolina State
11 24 284 Willie McKelton Defensive Back Southern
12 24 310 Bob Banaugh Defensive Back Montana State
13 24 336 Franklin Roberts Running Back Alcorn A&M
14 24 361 Marv Owens Running Back San Diego State
15 24 388 Mike Sivert Guard East Tennessee State
16 24 414 Neil Graff Quarterback Wisconsin
17 24 440 Dick Schmalz Wide Receiver Auburn
^[a] Minnesota received Boston's 1st round selection (10th overall), CB John Charles, and cash as compensation for free agent QB Joe Kapp.
^[b] Minnesota traded their 1st round selection (24th overall), 1973 2nd round selection (40th overall), QB Norm Snead, WR Bob Grim, and RB Vince Clements to the Giants for QB Fran Tarkenton.
^[c] Green Bay traded their 3rd round selection (59th overall) to Minnesota for QB Zeke Bratkowski.
^[d] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (76th overall), 1971 2nd round selection (50th overall), 1971 6th round selection (154th overall), and OL Steve Smith to Philadelphia for QB Norm Snead.
^[e] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (102nd overall) and CB John Charles to Denver for WR Al Denson.
^[f] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (128th overall) to Los Angeles for CB Ted Provost.
^[g] Minnesota originally chose 180th overall but passed allowing Miami to move up and Minnesota to choose 181st overall.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Results Venue Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 18 Washington Redskins L 24–21 0–1 Metropolitan Stadium
2 September 24 at Detroit Lions W 34–10 1–1 Tiger Stadium
3 October 1 Miami Dolphins L 16–14 1–2 Metropolitan Stadium
4 October 8 St. Louis Cardinals L 19–17 1–3 Metropolitan Stadium
5 October 15 at Denver Broncos W 23–20 2–3 Mile High Stadium
6 October 23 at Chicago Bears L 13–10 2–4 Soldier Field
7 October 29 at Green Bay Packers W 27–13 3–4 Lambeau Field
8 November 5 New Orleans Saints W 37–6 4–4 Metropolitan Stadium
9 November 12 Detroit Lions W 16–14 5–4 Metropolitan Stadium
10 November 19 at Los Angeles Rams W 45–41 6–4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
11 November 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–10 6–5 Three Rivers Stadium
12 December 3 Chicago Bears W 23–10 7–5 Metropolitan Stadium
13 December 10 Green Bay Packers L 23–7 7–6 Metropolitan Stadium
14 December 16 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–17 7–7 Candlestick Park


NFC Central
Green Bay Packers 10 4 0 .714 304 226 W-3
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .607 339 290 W-1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 301 252 L-2
Chicago Bears 4 9 1 .321 225 275 L-1

Awards, records, and honors


First Team
Second Team

Pro Bowlers

League leaders


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