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John Sullivan
C #65
Height:
6-4
Weight:
310
Age:
30
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Old Greenwich, CT
Experience:
9
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 109 93
2014 MIN 16 16
2013 MIN 16 16
2012 MIN 16 16
2011 MIN 15 15
2010 MIN 14 14
2009 MIN 16 16
2008 MIN 16 0

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BIOGRAPHY

2015 GP/GS              Career GP/GS              Playoffs GP/GS

       0/0                             109/93                           4/3

• Can move into 3rd place in Vikings history for starts by a center in 2016.

• Named Vikings Man of the Year for 2013 in recognition of his generosity and community outreach efforts.

OFF THE FIELD Married in 2014 offseason, couple has a son...Named 2013 Vikings Man of the Year for his community works...Donated generously for a new playground in spring 2013 and has consistently been active in Twin Cities community with visits to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital...Sully’s Playground at the hospital had ribbon-cutting in June 2013...Avid sporting clays shooter at Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, competing in league shooting events...Heavily involved in big game hunting during offseasons...Graduated with degree in marketing in spring semester 2007 and played his senior season at Notre Dame in graduate studies...Attended same high school as former 49ers great Steve Young...Excelled in wrestling, winning heavyweight state titles as a sophomore, junior and senior and placed 7th in national meet.

HONORS Vikings 2013 Man of the Year...Named 2012 All-Pro by Pro Football Weekly.

2015 GP/GS              Career GP/GS              Playoffs GP/GS

       0/0                             109/93                           4/3

• Can move into 3rd place in Vikings history for starts by a center in 2016.

• Named Vikings Man of the Year for 2013 in recognition of his generosity and community outreach efforts.

OFF THE FIELD Married in 2014 offseason, couple has a son...Named 2013 Vikings Man of the Year for his community works...Donated generously for a new playground in spring 2013 and has consistently been active in Twin Cities community with visits to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital...Sully’s Playground at the hospital had ribbon-cutting in June 2013...Avid sporting clays shooter at Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, competing in league shooting events...Heavily involved in big game hunting during offseasons...Graduated with degree in marketing in spring semester 2007 and played his senior season at Notre Dame in graduate studies...Attended same high school as former 49ers great Steve Young...Excelled in wrestling, winning heavyweight state titles as a sophomore, junior and senior and placed 7th in national meet.

HONORS Vikings 2013 Man of the Year...Named 2012 All-Pro by Pro Football Weekly.

PRO Vikings longest-tenured lineman with 109 career games to his credit and 93 starts...Has started 4th-most games by a Vikings center...Earned All-Pro honors from Pro Football Weekly and received votes in Associated Press All-Pro voting in 2012...Helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson to run for NFL MVP honors and Offensive Player of the Year with 2nd-best in NFL history 2,097 rushing yards...Part of Vikings line in 2012 that started every game as a unit...Started all 16 games in the 2012-14 seasons...Agreed to long-term contract extension late in the 2011 season...Helped Peterson rush for 1,000+ yards and 12+ TDs in 2009 and 2010, including team-record 18 TDs in 2009...Held down middle of the Vikings line in 2009, his 1st season as a starter, opening all 16 games and both playoff contests...Was the 4th C drafted in 2008...The last Notre Dame C the Vikings drafted was Dave Huffman, #43  in 1979.

2015 Missed entire season with back injury suffered in preseason...Placed on IR-designated for return on 9/14.

2014 Started all 16 games for the 3rd consecutive season, only Sullivan and Matt Kalil have started all 16 games each season between 2012 and 2014...Anchored the offensive line that allowed RB Matt Asiata to score a career-high 9 rushing TDs, tied for 3rd most in the NFL...Aided WR Cordarrelle Patterson in Week 1 at St. Louis (9/7) where he rushed for 102 yards and 1 TD, the most rushing yards by a WR in team history...The Vikings had 3 different leading rushers in their 1st 4 games (Patterson, Asiata, McKinnon)...Protected rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater in his 1st NFL start vs. Atlanta (9/28)...Rookie RB Jerick McKinnon enjoyed a career-day vs. Atlanta (9/28) with 135 rushing yards on 18 carries

2013 Helped Peterson rush for 1,266 yards and 10 TDs, his 6th career 1,000-yard campaign...Snapped to 3 different starting QBs during season...Helped backup RB Matt Asiata tie Vikings record with 3 rushing TDs in a game vs. Philadelphia (12/15) when Peterson and Gerhart were inactive for the game with injuries...Blocked for 100-yard game by Adrian Peterson at Chicago (9/15)....Helped Vikings rush for 232 yards at Green Bay (11/24), paving way for Peterson to post 146. 

2012 Earned postseason honors from Pro Football Weekly as an All-Pro choice...Garnered votes in Associated Press All-Pro balloting...Opened all 16 games and Wild Card playoff matchup...Helped Peterson run for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best total in NFL history en route to earning NFL MVP honors and Offensive Player of the Year...Part of offensive line that earned the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award for 3 games during the season- vs. Detroit (11/11), vs. Chicago (12/9) and vs. Green Bay (12/30)...Helped Peterson tie his own team record with 10 games with 100+ rushing yards and set team record with 2 games of 200+...Peterson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week vs. Arizona (10/21), vs. Chicago (12/9) and NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December when he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a month...Helped team rush for 2,634 yards on the season to tie franchise record.

2011 Opened  the 15 games he played...Helped Adrian Peterson break the 100-yard mark 2 times during the season, Toby Gerhart record his 1st career 100-yard rushing game and QB Joe Webb to go for 100+ yards...Paved way for Vikings rushing offense to rank #4 in the NFL, averaging 144.9 yards per game...Peterson broke the Vikings career rushing TDs record.

2010 Battled back from injuries to start 14 games...Snapped to 3 different starting QBs during the season- Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb...Missed game at NY Jets (10/11) and vs. Dallas (10/17)...Fought through calf injury during preseason and early season, but rebounded to start final 12 games of season...Helped Peterson rush for 1,298 yards.

2009 Had impressive debut season as a starter, starting every game during the regular season and playoffs...Helped Vikings offense rank #5 in the NFL and ranked #8 in passing offense, a 17-position jump from the previous season...Paved the way for Adrian Peterson to rush for 1,383 yards and set a Vikings record with 18 rushing TDs...Protected QB Brett Favre, who joined the team following training camp, to post his best statistical season...Along with rookie RT Phil Loadholt, made debut as a starter along the line.

2008 Played in all 16 regular season games and the Wild Card Playoff contest vs. Philadelphia (1/4/09)...Saw time on special teams as part of kickoff return unit.

COLLEGE Starter in BCS Bowl games as a sophomore and junior, opening the Sugar Bowl vs. LSU as a junior and Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State as a sophomore...Helped Irish to 10-3 mark in 2006 and 9-3 record in 2005...Played in 47 and started 43 games for the Irish...Served as 1 of 5 Irish captains as a senior...Started all 12 games as a sophomore.

PREP Gatorade’s Connecticut Player of the Year as a senior at Greenwich High...Named All-American by SuperPrep and Parade while earning 2nd-team notice by USA Today and ESPN.com...Selected to U.S. Army All-America Bowl...Helped team to 12-1-1 mark as a senior and a berth in the state title game...Posted 138-6 record in wrestling, winning 3 state titles.