Michael Rand started RandBall with hopes that he could convince the world to love jumpsuits as much as he does. So far, he's only succeeded in using the word "redacted" a lot. He welcomes suggestions, news tips, links of pure genius, and pictures of pets in Halloween costumes here, though he already knows he will regret that last part.

Follow Randball on Twitter

Stu's Hunt Down: A litany of ex-Packers who have become Vikings

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: March 22, 2013 - 4:07 PM

 

Every week, commenter RandBallsStu (branding!) tracks down a former Minnesota sports figure about whom you might have otherwise forgotten. This week, he found a bunch! Also, note that this will function as the final post of the day, as a crazy night is certain to follow

 

Stu?

----------

Greg Jennings is the latest in a very long line of Green Bay Packers who have left that organization for their archrivals in Minnesota. (NOTE: here’s where your boring friend from Tomah says, “The Bears are our real archrivals,” and you laugh at him because your friend is boring and stupid and wrong and why is he your friend anyway? Would he help you move? No. He probably wouldn’t. Get better friends who aren’t boring and say dumb stuff like that.) This move has stirred the waters of the Packers/Vikings feud, which had been stilled since the Vikings helped put an end to their increasingly lost season. Grantland’s Steven Hyden, a Wisconsin native, wrote an entertaining, snark-heavy piece in which the Packers are favorably likened to Mad Men’s Don Draper. I don’t necessarily disagree with the premise, but I then inevitably compare Packer fans to Jon Hamm in the looks department, and die from scream-laughing.

 
A TAXONOMY OF WHO MOST MALE PACKER FANS RESEMBLE BY AGE:
 
Ages 12 and under: Jerry O’Connell in Stand By Me
13-30: young Chris Farley
31-34: Chris Farley the rest of the time
35-55: one of the BoDeans.
56 and older: Ed Gein
 
But my point here is not to argue that the Vikings are content with the Packers’ table scraps, or that any Green Bay player with the wherewithal to get the [redacted] out of Ashwaubenon and into a real city with things to do and places to go does so gladly. Rather, I just want to track down some of the athletes who’ve made that switch and see what they’re doing now. The results are below.
 
Brett Favre: the most noteworthy name on the list, the Vikings great most recently helped sell Jennings on signing with Minnesota. He spent last fall as the offensive coordinator of for Oak Grove High School football team in Mississippi, and was a part of the NFL Network’s Super Bowl coverage.
 
Ryan Longwell: one of the most reliable kickers in Minnesota history, this Vikings great was let go last offseason to make way for future Pro Bowler Blair Walsh. After staying out of football the entire regular season, Longwell was signed by Seattle to replace an injured Steven Hauschka in their playoff game against Atlanta.
 
Darren Sharper: this Vikings great retired after a stint with the Saints, and in 2012 he joined New Orleans’ WWL-TV as a football analyst. He was also a frequent guest on 1500ESPN during the 2012-13 season.
 
Robert Ferguson: the wide receiver was last seen playing for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. The Nighthawks are also home to former Bears running back Garrett Wolfe.
 
Bryce Paup: the DE/linebacker, who immediately became the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after leaving the Pack, moved back to the Green Bay area after his Vikings career ended in 2000. In February, Paup left his job as the head football coach of Green Bay Southwest high school to take an assistant coaching position with his alma mater, Northern Iowa.
 
Jeff Brady: was the subject of a recent Hunt Down. As it happens, he actually read this piece and called my editor to discuss it. He apparently does not care for Dan Barreiro’s “Ol’ Swivelhead” nickname.
 
Bucky Scribner: as previously documented, Scribner was a trailblazer in this transfer of assets from Green Bay to Minnesota before retiring to Kansas. DID YOU KNOW: I have used this name to reserve tables at restaurants. 
 
Mossy Cade: the most controversial member of this club, and with good reason. After the linked Hunt Down ran, I received a couple emails claiming that Cade was still incarcerated, but was unable to confirm that information. His low profile remains low.
 
Gilbert Brown: unlike the others above, Brown actually started with the Vikings before settling for Green Bay. Minnesota cut Brown in training camp despite using a 3rd-round pick on him, and he was scooped up by the Packers, where he would become a folk hero with his “Grave Digger” dance and “corpulent even by Wisconsin’s anti-standards” physique. Since retirement, he’s been a part of multiple minor-league football ventures in Wisconsin, the most recent of which was as head coach of your Green Bay Chill of the Lingerie Football League.

ADVERTISEMENT

Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 5
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 1
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 10 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: E. Santana 2
Boston - WP: J. Kelly 3 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: M. Gonzalez 2
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 0 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 1
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 10 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: N. Karns 5
Cleveland - WP: C. Kluber 7 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: A. Swarzak 2
Detroit - LP: R. Porcello 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 5
Seattle - LP: H. Iwakuma 3 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 8
Los Angeles - WP: C. Perez 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Turner 5
Texas 2 Top 9th Inning
LA Angels 1
Philadelphia 6 Top 7th Inning
Oakland 6
San Francisco 2 Bottom 7th Inning
San Diego 5
Arizona 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Colorado 8
Cincinnati - A. Simon 7:05 PM
St. Louis - L. Lynn
San Diego 22 FINAL
Buffalo 10
Dallas 34 FINAL
St. Louis 31
Washington 34 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
Houston 17 FINAL
NY Giants 30
Minnesota 9 FINAL
New Orleans 20
Tennessee 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 33
Baltimore 23 FINAL
Cleveland 21
Green Bay 7 FINAL
Detroit 19
Indianapolis 44 FINAL
Jacksonville 17
Oakland 9 FINAL
New England 16
San Francisco 14 4th Qtr 8:00
Arizona 20
Denver 3 3rd Qtr 1:24
Seattle 17
Kansas City 21 3rd Qtr 0:50
Miami 15
Pittsburgh 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Columbus 4 FINAL
Carolina 3
Buffalo 0 3rd Prd
Washington 1
St. Louis 0 1st Prd 19:23
Columbus 0
Calgary 7:00 PM
Edmonton
Edmonton 7:00 PM
Calgary
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(12) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(9) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
North Carolina 41 FINAL
(23) East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(20) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Utah 26 FINAL
Michigan 10
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 FINAL
FIU 3
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
Missouri 27
San Jose St 7 FINAL
Minnesota 24
Texas State 35 FINAL
Illinois 42
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Georgia State 14 FINAL
Washington 45
Appalachian St 20 FINAL
Southern Miss 21
(14) Miss State 34 FINAL
(17) LSU 29
Northern Ill 14 FINAL
Arkansas 52
Middle Tennessee 17 FINAL
Memphis 36
Utah State 14 FINAL
Arkansas State 21
Miami-Ohio 24 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Idaho 24 FINAL
Ohio U 36
Ball State 23 FINAL
Toledo 34
(13) So Carolina 48 FINAL
Vanderbilt 34
(4) Oklahoma 45 FINAL
West Virginia 33
Ga Southern 28 FINAL
South Alabama 6
UNLV 14 FINAL
Houston 47
Miami-Florida 31 FINAL
(21) Nebraska 41
New Mexico 38 FINAL
New Mexico St 35
Clemson 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 23
California 45 FINAL
Arizona 49
San Diego St 7 FINAL
Oregon State 28
(2) Oregon 38 FINAL
Washington St 31
Louisiana 9 FINAL
Boise State 34
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(24) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(11) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(25) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(12) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(9) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
NC State
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(22) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(13) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
North Carolina 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Clemson
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(17) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Duke 9/27/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(8) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(21) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(18) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Chivas USA 0 FINAL
Toronto FC 3
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 15 FINAL
Montreal 31
Ottawa 29 7:15
Saskatchewan 24
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT