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Joe Berger
G #61
Height:
6-5
Weight:
305
Age:
34
College:
Michigan Tech
Hometown:
Newyago, MI
Experience:
12

Quick Stats (2016 PRE):

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3
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3
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
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TOTAL 115 54
2015 MIN 16 16
2014 MIN 16 9
2013 MIN 16 2
2012 MIN 16 0
2011 MIN 13 7
2010 MIA 15 14
2009 MIA 16 6
2008 DAL 3 0
2007 DAL 1 0
2006 DAL 0 0
2006 MIA 0 0
2005 MIA 3 0

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BIOGRAPHY

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

     16/16            115/54 (4/0-DAL; 34/20-MIA; 77/34-MIN)            2/1-MIN

• Vikings senior statesman on offense, enters his 12th NFL season and 6th with the Vikings in 2016.

• Started all 16 games and the playoff game at center in 2015, his 1st season starting every game.

OFF THE FIELD Earned mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Tech...Married to Abigail, the couple has 4 children and are active supporters of adoption and adoption family causes...Couple has 2 adopted and 2 biological children...Active with Team Keegan, a childhood cancer foundation that sends get-well packages to young patients across the country...Enjoys building furniture and woodworking projects along with trap shooting in his free time...Restored a 1953 Studebaker truck...Avid outdoorsman, enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time.

PRO Has appeared in 77 games, making 34 starts, over the past 5 seasons for Vikings…Has posted 54 career starts in the NFL...Has started games at RG, LG and C during his Vikings tenure...His 16 regular season starts and playoff start during the Vikings 2015 run to the NFC North title at center were a career-high...Started his 1st career playoff game in Wild Card matchup vs. Seattle (1/10/16) and both career playoffs games he has played in have been with the Vikings...Helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson to lead the NFL in rushing in 2015 with 1,485 yards...Acquired by Vikings on 9/12/11, the day after the regular season opener...Spent 2011 preseason and training camp with Miami...Competed in 31 games, making 20 starts, from 2009-11 for Miami under Minnesota’s current Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano, who led the Dolphins from 2008-11...Signed as an unrestricted free agent on 2/27/09 by Miami from Dallas...Spent final part of 2006 season, 2007 and 2008 seasons with Dallas after being claimed off waivers by Dallas from Miami on 11/24/06...Played in Dallas when Mike Zimmer was Cowboys defensive coordinator...Saw action in final 3 games as a rookie with Miami in 2005 after spending opening 11 games of season inactive...Joined Miami after being signed off Carolina practice squad on 9/7/05...Was waived in Carolina’s final roster cuts on 9/3/05 and signed to Panthers practice squad the following day before being signed by Miami to 53-man roster...Spent training camp and preseason with Carolina in 2005 after being drafted in 6th round (#183).

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

     16/16            115/54 (4/0-DAL; 34/20-MIA; 77/34-MIN)            2/1-MIN

• Vikings senior statesman on offense, enters his 12th NFL season and 6th with the Vikings in 2016.

• Started all 16 games and the playoff game at center in 2015, his 1st season starting every game.

OFF THE FIELD Earned mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Tech...Married to Abigail, the couple has 4 children and are active supporters of adoption and adoption family causes...Couple has 2 adopted and 2 biological children...Active with Team Keegan, a childhood cancer foundation that sends get-well packages to young patients across the country...Enjoys building furniture and woodworking projects along with trap shooting in his free time...Restored a 1953 Studebaker truck...Avid outdoorsman, enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time.

PRO Has appeared in 77 games, making 34 starts, over the past 5 seasons for Vikings…Has posted 54 career starts in the NFL...Has started games at RG, LG and C during his Vikings tenure...His 16 regular season starts and playoff start during the Vikings 2015 run to the NFC North title at center were a career-high...Started his 1st career playoff game in Wild Card matchup vs. Seattle (1/10/16) and both career playoffs games he has played in have been with the Vikings...Helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson to lead the NFL in rushing in 2015 with 1,485 yards...Acquired by Vikings on 9/12/11, the day after the regular season opener...Spent 2011 preseason and training camp with Miami...Competed in 31 games, making 20 starts, from 2009-11 for Miami under Minnesota’s current Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano, who led the Dolphins from 2008-11...Signed as an unrestricted free agent on 2/27/09 by Miami from Dallas...Spent final part of 2006 season, 2007 and 2008 seasons with Dallas after being claimed off waivers by Dallas from Miami on 11/24/06...Played in Dallas when Mike Zimmer was Cowboys defensive coordinator...Saw action in final 3 games as a rookie with Miami in 2005 after spending opening 11 games of season inactive...Joined Miami after being signed off Carolina practice squad on 9/7/05...Was waived in Carolina’s final roster cuts on 9/3/05 and signed to Panthers practice squad the following day before being signed by Miami to 53-man roster...Spent training camp and preseason with Carolina in 2005 after being drafted in 6th round (#183).

2015 Stepped into starting lineup at C for all 16 games and the Wild Card Playoffs...Started every game in a season for the 1st time in his career...Helped Adrian Peterson lead the NFL in rushing for the 3rd time in his career, notching 1,485 yards and powering the Vikings to the NFC North title with an 11-5 mark and earning a home Wild Card playoff game...Vikings posted the #4 rushing offense in the NFL...Part of a shuffled offensive line that was hit by preseason injuries, taking regular starters John Sullivan (C) and Phil Loadholt (RT) away for the season...The Vikings line was the only in the NFL to start all 16 games as a unit (Kalil- LT, Fusco-LG, Berger-C, Harris-RG, Clemmings-RT)...The group helped Peterson earn 2015 FedEx Ground Player of the Year after claiming the weekly FedEx Ground award twice during the season: at Oakland (11/15) and at Atlanta (11/29)...Peterson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November when he ran for 634 yards and 5 TDs, setting a club record for most yards rushing in November as the team went 4-1 in the month...Peterson rumbled for 203 yards in a win at Oakland (11/15), the 6th time in his career he broke the 200-yard plateau, tying him with O.J. Simpson for the NFL record. 

2014 Started the final 9 games at RG after starter Brandon Fusco was placed on IR...Team went 5-4 in his starts...Appeared in all 16 games...Finished the season having played in 61 consecutive games...Protected QB Teddy Bridgewater on his way to the most productive season by a rookie QB in team history...Blocked for RB Jerick McKinnon’s 103-rushing yard effort against one of the NFL’s best run defenses at Buffalo (10/19).

2013 Appeared in all 16 games, starting 2, contributing on specials teams and providing depth along the offensive line...Started at LG and RG in place of injured starters Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco, respectively, vs. Washington (11/7) and vs. Philadelphia (12/15)...Helped backup RB Matt Asiata tie the Vikings record with a 3-TD rushing day in upset win over playoff-bound Eagles...Vikings won both games he started...Played integral role on kickoff return unit that helped rookie WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson set team records for return yards, return average and return TDs...Team led the NFL in average starting field position after kickoffs (27.2).

2012 Played in all 16 games and saw his 1st career playoff action in Wild Card game at Green Bay (1/5/13)...Primarily played on special teams but saw action on offensive line vs. Tennessee (10/7) and vs. Detroit (11/11)...Regular on KO return unit that ranked among NFL leaders in KO return average and was tied for 3rd in the NFL with 6 KO returns of 40+ yards.

2011 Saw time in 13 games with 7 starts...Started at C, RG and LG during season, opening 1 game at C, 4 at RG and 2 at LG...Started his 1st game of the season at C vs. Green Bay (10/23), the 1st start of rookie QB Christian Ponder’s career...Saw 1st extended action of season at Chicago (10/16), replacing injured starter John Sullivan at C in the 2nd half...Started 4-game span at RG in place of starter Anthony Herrera, the 1st of the 4 games coming at Carolina (10/30)...Started final 2 games of season at LG in place of starter Steve Hutchinson...Signed by Vikings on 9/12, a day after the season opener at San Diego...Spent training camp and preseason with Miami.

2010 Saw time in 15 games with Miami with career-high 14 starts at C...Started opening 9 games of the season...Missed lone game of season vs. Chicago (11/18) with knee injury.

2009 Started final 6 games of season at C for Miami...Earned 1st career start at Buffalo (11/29)...Played in all 16 games.

2008 Saw time on special teams for Dallas in opening 3 games of the season...Inactive for the final 11 games.

2007 Played in 1 game, the regular season finale, at Washington (12/30)...Inactive for 13 games...Dressed but did not play in 2 games...Was inactive for playoff game.

2006 Spent time with Miami and Dallas during season...Was inactive for all 16 games during season between the 2 clubs...Inactive in 11 games with Miami and 5 with Dallas after being claimed off waivers from Miami on 11/24.

2005 Saw action in 3 games as a rookie with Miami, each of the final 3 contests...Inactive in 12 games for the Dolphins...Signed off Carolina practice squad to Miami’s 53-man roster in Week 1 of season on 9/7...Waived following preseason by Carolina and signed to Panthers practice squad the following day on 9/4...Originally drafted in 6th round (#183) by Carolina.

COLLEGE Was a 28-game starter at Michigan Tech at RT...Earned 1st-Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference honors as a junior and senior...Earned Jim Langer Award as the top lineman in the Cactus Bowl, the Division II all-star game...Started 3 games as a redshirt freshman in 2001 at LT.

PREP Earned All-Conference honors and Academic All-State as a senior...Played 2 seasons of football at Newaygo High in Michigan...Served as team captain as a senior...Competed in field events on track team.