60 Greatest Vikings Fans

60 Greatest Vikings Fans

60 Greatest Vikings Fans

In celebration of 60 seasons of Vikings football, the Vikings are inducting 60 of our most passionate supporters to the 60 Greatest Fans team.

If you are one of those fans, nominate yourself or if you know of a great fan you can nominate them as well! Help us find the 60 Greatest Fans in Vikings history.

60 Greatest Vikings Fans

Tonisha Farmer and Daughter Toniya

Tonisha Farmer and Daughter Toniya

Current city: St. Paul, MN

Favorite Viking: Jared Allen

Bio: Football was tradition in Tonisha Farmer's family. Even though she didn't always understand the calls and plays on the field, Tonisha consistently supported her hometown Vikings and learned the "SKOL Vikings!" song at an early age. From Alan Page to Chad Greenway, Teddy Bridgewater, Dalvin Cook and many others, Tonisha has a long list of favorite Vikings and found it nearly impossible to choose just one. A single mother to 8-year-old Toniya, Tonisha has passed on her love of the Vikings to her daughter. No matter where they are, they make sure to tune in on Sundays to watch and cheer on their Vikings.

Patrick Healy

Patrick Healy

Current city: Rochester, MN

Favorite Viking:"All of them" (Randy Moss and John Randle lead the way, though)

Bio: It's hard to top the fandom of Patrick Healy, who regularly impresses others with his vast Vikings knowledge and collection of more than 80 jerseys. On top of being a lifelong Vikings fan, he was a member of the first-ever Vikings Special Olympics Unified Flag Football team in 2019. Having been a Special Olympics athlete for many years, Patrick most enjoys playing football to spend time with his teammates, including his brother Sean.

Shahida Jadran

Shahida Jadran

Current city: Rochester, MN

Favorite Viking: Adrian Peterson

Bio: Shahida Jadran is an avid Vikings fan and a 10-year season ticket member. Every Sunday, you can count on her jumping, screaming and cheering for the Vikings. She is proud to be an American Muslim and to wear her hijab while showing her love and pride for the NFL and her favorite team. Shahida says the Vikings are "part of my life, day-in and day-out." While Peterson is her all-time favorite Viking, Harrison Smiith and Adam Thielen top her list of current players.

Lindsey Lorentson (Purplelicous)

Lindsey Lorentson (Purplelicous)

Current city: Rosemount, MN

Favorite Viking: Randall McDaniel

Bio: Purplelicous has bled purple and gold for more than 30 years. Everywhere you look in Purplelicous' world you'll find the Vikings — from her game-day face paint to the memorabilia around her house. She cheers her team in every environment, and in 2014 she started "Purplelicious Christmas" to help families struggling during the holidays; in five years, she has raised more than $12,000 and impacted 15 families. She is the ultimate Vikings super fan and champion of "all things SKOL."

Brenda Stewart

Brenda Stewart

Current city: Anoka, MN

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss

Bio: Since 1998, Brenda Stewart has been the curator of her memorabilia-packed "Vikings Woman's Cave," which has been featured on national and local news outlets for its impressive size. While she's always on the lookout for the next item, she's also known for her game-day Facebook memorabilia giveaways. It brings Brenda joy to spread her love for the team and see others celebrate the Vikings.

James Yang

James Yang

Current city: Oak Grove

Favorite Viking: Adrian Peterson

Bio: Distance is no barrier when it comes to James Yang's love of the Vikings. While living overseas in Laos, James regularly woke up as early as 4 a.m. to make the trek to a small gazebo where he could get reception to watch Vikings games. When the Minneapolis Miracle happened at 6 a.m. James jumped up from his fiancé's bed, breaking the frame and nearly got "kicked out of the building for waking everyone" with his loud cheers.

Syd Davy

Syd Davy

Favorite Viking:Randy Moss 

Bio: Syd Davy first became entranced with the Vikings after the team hired Bud Grant, who had been a hero of his when he played and then coached for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Syd attended his very first Vikings game on Sept. 28, 1986, and watched Tommy Kramer throw a career-high six touchdowns en route to a 42-7 victory by Minnesota over Chicago. Syd became a Vikings Season Ticket Member in 1992, and the following season is when he donned a shirt that earned him his current nickname: 100% Cheese Free.He became equally known by his game-day look – including face paint, helmet and braided locks – and his signature end zone hoists of Randy Moss after touchdowns.

Millie Wall

Millie Wall

Favorite Viking: Purple People Eaters

Current City: St. Anthony, MN

Bio: From frigid outdoor games to the frenzy of the Minneapolis Miracle at U.S. Bank Stadium, Millie Wall has cheered for hundreds of Vikings games. Millie, who turned 102 on July 4, has been a fan since the franchise was founded in 1961. She rooted for the Purple People Eaters under Hall of Fame Head Coach Bud Grant and loved watching Chuck Foreman make big plays. In January 2018, the team presented Millie with an early 100th birthday present: two tickets to the Vikings-Saints Divisional round playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Millie attended with her granddaughter, Ashley, and the two rode the roller-coaster of emotion over four quarters to the exhilarating final score.

Scott Asplund (Sir Skolt)

Scott Asplund (Sir Skolt)

Favorite Viking: Jim Marshall

Current City: Plymouth, MN

Bio: Best known as Sir Skolt, Scott is a super-fan leader with the Vikings World Order. He enjoys positively representing the Vikings, whether on game day at U.S. Bank Stadium, volunteering at community events or leading rallies to generate SKOL spirit for fans. Sir Skolt acted as a vocal fan advocate for U.S. Bank Stadium at the State Capitol in 2012, meeting with leaders and helping to lead fan rallies.

Tony Pegel

Tony Pegel

Favorite Viking: Scott Studwell

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Bio: As president of the Nashville Norseman fan club, founded in 1992, Tony keeps Vikings fans in Tennessee cheering loudly. From coordinating game-day watch parties to planning seasonal trips to U.S. Bank Stadium, Tony's lifelong Vikings spirit is heard all the way in Minnesota. Tony and his childhood best friend, David, bonded over their love for Vikings, even throughout David's hard-fought battle with cancer. Since David's passing (while watching a Vikings game), Tony carries on the team spirit for the both of them.

Karen Herman

Karen Herman

Favorite Viking: Ron Yary

Current City: Plymouth, MN

Bio: Karen has been a Vikings fan since her days running Ford giveaways at the Old Met Stadium. Karen never missed any game she had the opportunity to attend, even during freezing Minnesota winters. Having served as the secretary of the Viking Booster Club (under Bill "Boom Boom" Brown), Karen has traveled to three Super Bowls and many road games, including London. She once supplied music for the "SKOL Vikings" fight song to be played in a St. Louis piano bar. Now 80 years old, she still attends all of the Vikings homes games.

Malia Marquis

Malia Marquis

Favorite Viking: Adam Thielen

Current City: Otsego, MN

Bio: After ongoing medical issues with her legs and hands, Malia – who will celebrate her 10th birthday in October – opted to undergo a leg amputation to relieve pain and allow her the ability to play sports. As an avid Vikings fan, she made sure to wear her jersey home from the hospital and specifically requested that Vikings fabric be used to custom-design her new prosthetic leg.

Sherry Noonan

Sherry Noonan

Favorite Viking: Sammy White

Current City: Cologne, MN

Bio: Growing up in a household of six girls, Sherry watched the Vikings games with her mom every Sunday while her dad worked in the garage. In 1984, Sherry tried out and was selected (out of more than 600 women) as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader. A part of the team for 10 years, longer than any other MVC, Sherry has been a Pro Bowl representative, an MVC Alumni Volunteer for Super Bowl LII and worked as a Crew 52 Volunteer. Sherry's favorite MVC memory was rollerblading onto the Metrodome field with the other cheerleaders because Mike Ditka had been calling it the Roller Dome.

Braeson Salinas

Braeson Salinas

Favorite Viking: Adam Thielen

Current City: Andrews, TX

Bio: Braeson started watching the Vikings five years ago with his dad and fell in love with the team, the SKOL Chant and the fight song, which he knows by heart. Despite being in the heart of Cowboys territory, Braeson proudly rocks his Vikings Purple to school ahead of every game day, and his bedroom is decorated to reflect his fandom. In 2018, Braeson's parents took him to Minnesota to watch his first Vikings game in-person. Whenever he and his family travel, Braeson spots others wearing Vikings gear and gives them a high-five and a "SKOL!" He may be young, but Braeson bleeds Purple through-and-through.

Marion Doheny

Marion Doheny

Current City: Shakopee, MN

Favorite Viking: Paul Krause and Kyle Rudolph

Bio: After attending games at Metropolitan Stadium during the Vikings inaugural season, Marion was hooked for life. She purchased season tickets from her cousin a few years later and has been in the stands ever since. Marion has attended all four of the Vikings Super Bowls and worked as a flight attendant on the team charter from 1972-73. Currently battling pancreatic cancer, Marion's love for the Vikings has been a bright light during difficult times.

Randy Fettig

Randy Fettig

Current City: Pelican Rapids, MN

Favorite Viking: Fran Tarkenton

Bio: Ever since seeing Fran Tarkenton "scramble around to get us into the Super Bowl," Randy has followed the Vikings religiously. He reads everything he can about the team, having followed Sid Hartman's Star Tribune column since the '70s. Despite sometimes living and working outside regional coverage, Randy has driven hundreds of miles in to watch or listen to Vikings games. Having survived multiple accidents and twice being diagnosed with terminal bile duct liver cancer, Randy says he's living to see the Vikings win the Super Bowl.

Sabino Silva, Jr. ("Cookie")

Sabino Silva, Jr. ("Cookie")

Hometown: Chino, CA

Favorite Viking: John Randle

Bio: From the age of 9, Sabino lived and breathed Vikings football. A dedicated fan, Sabino made it a point to attend games whenever the team played in or near California. He wore a Vikings helmet on game days, displayed his team flag in the yard, and sounded a miniature gjallarhorn for every touchdown. After being diagnosed with kidney cancer on Christmas Eve 2013, Sabino continued to loyally support his team. In 2016, he flew the family to Minnesota to attend a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Sabino passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 6, 2020, and was nominated for his honor by his family members, all of whom he turned into Vikings fans.

Jill Angove

Jill Angove

Current City: Duluth, GA

Favorite Viking: Cris Carter

Bio: Just as the Vikings make an impact in the community, Jill is passionate about giving back and making a difference. She was among one of the Minnesota Vikings Foundation's first donors when it launched in 2017 and has continued to consistently support its mission of advancing youth health and education in Minnesota. While Jill, her husband and two children now live in Georgia, they have flown to Minneapolis for every home game since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016.

Olivia Beekman

Olivia Beekman

Current City: Osseo, MN

Favorite Viking: Kyle Rudolph

Bio: Olivia is a 4-year-old superhero currently battling high-risk neuroblastoma – cancerous tumors that have taken over her bone marrow. She has faced every step of her intense treatment plan with bravery, strength and, yes, even joy. She loves Batgirl, the color blue, penguins and – of course – the Vikings. She once asked Kyle Rudolph and Adam Thielen, about their favorite type of penguin. For a toddler who knows facts about each penguin species, their answer of "all penguins" left her unimpressed.

Hilda Gutierrez

Hilda Gutierrez

Current City: Plymouth, MN

Favorite Viking: Robert Smith

Bio: A native of El Paso, Texas, Hilda grew up a Vikings fan thanks to her father, who often brought her to Minnesota to see the team play. She and her husband Arty Ortiz were married in 2006, and in 2012 she "finally" turned him into a Vikings fan, as well. They became Vikings Season Ticket Members in 2013; in 2014, the couple made Hilda's dream move and permanently relocated to Minnesota. Hilda helps run two Vikings fan clubs, the Skol Vikings Booster Club and The Purple Code en Español, and she is a Vikings Women ambassador.

Josh Mathiowetz

Josh Mathiowetz

Current City: Burnsville, MN

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss

Bio: Josh has been a Vikings Season Ticket Member since 2009 and from 2007-19 has only missed one home game – for his wedding in 2018. His friends say he "bleeds purple," evidenced by a home lit purple-and-gold for every game day. He often attends games with his dad and has been to 13 different road-city stadiums. Josh has attended more than 150 Vikings games, including traveling to London in 2013. He is kind-hearted, always willing to lend a helping hand or volunteer where needed, and is loved by many.

Dylan Shallenberger

Dylan Shallenberger

Current City: Fort Jackson, SC

Favorite Viking: Cris Carter

Bio: Army Staff Sgt. Dylan Shallenberger is similar to an NFL football coach trying to get the most out of a young player. But Shallenberger's stakes are higher. The steadfast supporter of the Purple is a drill sergeant molding green newcomers to the U.S. Army into soldiers. A native of Beloit, Wisconsin, Shallenberger grew up a Vikings fan, forming a connection he enjoyed with his father (Frederic, who passed away at age 59 in February 2018). He has carried his passion for the Vikings around the world during his service and is now passing that along to his two young children.

Neal Williams

Neal Williams

Current City: Hamden, CT

Favorite Viking: Alan Page

Bio: Living in Connecticut never stops Neal Williams from cheering on his Vikings. He is known as "Vikingman" by those closest to him, which is evident by his daily purple and gold apparel and his vast knowledge of team stats and history. Neal was nominated by his wife Maxine who is the ultimate Vikings spouse — she gifted him season tickets for their wedding present!

Richard Jantz

Richard Jantz

Current City: St. Paul, MN

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss

Bio: While he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Richard used to wake up at 2 a.m. to watch the Vikings games live despite the 15-hour time difference. Vikings football was his way of staying connected to his home while deployed to Afghanistan multiple times, as well. Not wanting to miss a moment, Richard had a special satellite cable package so that he could watch all the Vikings games between missions. He even has a Vikings tattoo.

Rick Conklin

Rick Conklin

Current City: Rineyville, KY

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss

Bio: Rick has been a faithful fan of the Vikings his whole life. He's a member of a Vikings fan club, the Derby City Norsemen, where he is known as the "Hype Man." The joy that he gets out of watching football every fall and watching his team brings everyone around him so much joy. As a member of the Kentucky National Guard, Rick has had to make many sacrifices, but still always finds time to celebrate the Vikings with his family.

Deb Tauer

Deb Tauer

Current City: New Ulm, MN

Favorite Viking: Tommy Kramer

Bio: Deb lives and breathes purple. As a nurse, she's worked every other weekend for the last 46 years, which can overlap with game-day festivities. A while ago, she took it upon herself to make sure there's a tailgate potluck with Vikings décor and treats every time she works during a game. The Vikings are everywhere in Deb's life — even her home is decorated in purple and gold!

Lisa Udy

Lisa Udy

Current City: Little Falls, MN

Favorite Viking: Cris Carter

Bio: Lisa was nominated by her husband Jeff, who moved to the Twin Cities in the '90s. His youngest child needed a home health care aide after a surgery, and Lisa came to care for her. Lisa's compassionate nature was joined by a calm demeanor that stirred to enthusiasm while cheering on the Vikings every Sunday. She even got his young daughter excited about the team. Lisa and Jeff are now Season Ticket Holders and have been married since 1997.

PAUL BEAVER

PAUL BEAVER

Current City: Sioux Center, IA

Favorite Viking: Adrian Peterson

Bio: For the past 22 years, Paul has set an alarm for 5:30 a.m. on Vikings game days to make the four-hour trek to Minneapolis as a Season Ticket Member. His love for the Vikings has carried over to his wife, children, in-laws (two of whom he's converted) and granddaughter. Paul's family holds eight season tickets, and every season he gifts many of them to fans who otherwise would be unable to attend a game.

JACKIE ANDERSON

JACKIE ANDERSON

Current City: Rollag, MN

Favorite Viking: John Randle

Bio: A lifelong Vikings fan, Jackie couldn't wait to watch games as a child and called it a "dream come true" to attend her first game at the Old Met. When the Metrodome opened in 1982, Jackie became a Season Ticket Member. Distance is no issue to her, as she travels four hours each way to attend home games. She has traveled to several road games, including London twice, and shows her passion with a PURPLE license plate.

JADEN BANDY

JADEN BANDY

Current City: Rockville, MD

Favorite Viking: Adrian Peterson

Bio: No one told Jaden that he shouldn't be a Vikings fan on the East Coast. Although he and his family live in Maryland, he's rooted for the Vikings "from the time he could first walk and talk." His family thought he may just like the color purple, but Jaden had no interest in the local Ravens. "It was and always has been the Vikings," his family says. While most parents pass their rooting interests to their child, 14-year-old Jaden has converted his to Vikings fans.

JACOB HUBER

JACOB HUBER

Current City: Apple Valley, MN

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss and Justin Jefferson

Bio: Jacob has a deep passion for the Vikings and knows the entire roster. He was diagnosed at age 3 with cerebral palsy, which affects his motor skills and makes it difficult to do fun things like riding a bike or running. But Jacob, 9, still dreams of being in the NFL and is driven by a competitive spirit. He never leaves home without his football.

CHRIS NARUM

CHRIS NARUM

Current City: Bismarck, ND

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss and Adam Thielen

Bio: A loyal Vikings fan since 4th grade, Chris convinced his wife JenaLee to name the couple's sons Lochlan (which means "Viking Warrior") and Thielen. Chris works as a school counselor and has a Vikings-themed office. He uses his love for sports and the Vikings to connect with and motivate students in the classroom and in life. JenaLee jokes, "I've never seen him so happy as when we witnessed the Minneapolis Miracle – even at our wedding!"

BOB REPIN

BOB REPIN

Current City: Des Plaines, IL

Favorite Viking: Tommy Kramer

Bio: "VikingBob" has lived in Chicago for 50 years but has been a Vikings fan since age 10. As of his selection date, he had attended more than 400 games in 59 different stadiums, including a streak of 234 straight. Regular season, playoffs, home and away, you can always find Bob sitting on the 50-yard line.

OBADIAH GAMBLE

OBADIAH GAMBLE

Current City: St. Paul, MN

Favorite Viking: Teddy Bridgewater

Bio: At 11 years old, "Skolbadiah" knows just about everything about the Vikings – past and present. He loves everything about the team; win or lose, he's all-in. Vikings fans may recognize Obadiah from the "Hey Teddy" music video he made inviting Teddy Bridgewater to his 7th birthday party. The former Viking who now plays for the Panthers did, in fact, make a surprise appearance.

MADDIE OLSON

MADDIE OLSON

Current City: Faribault, MN

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss

Bio: One-third of the "SKOL Sisters" along with her sisters Hunter and Logan, Maddie loves everything about the Vikings, from tailgating in the snow to watching Brett Favre play in Purple and witnessing the Minneapolis Miracle. Game days with their dad has become their "greatest tradition," and their mom – although she watches the games at home – helps design the sisters' unique game-day outfits.

HUNTER AHINESS

HUNTER AHINESS

Current City: Mankato, MN

Favorite Viking: Danielle Hunter

Bio: One-third of the "SKOL Sisters" along with her sisters Maddie and Logan, Hunter says that the Vikings aren't just her favorite team, but they've truly helped create her favorite memories. From traveling to London with her family to see a Vikings win, to 6 a.m. wake-up calls for tailgates, she feels lucky to call herself a life-long fan.

LOGAN AHINESS

LOGAN AHINESS

Current City: Savage, MN  

Favorite Vikings: Daunte Culpepper

Bio: One-third of the "SKOL Sisters" along with her sisters Maddie and Hunter, Logan said they were raised on the Vikings and have Purple blood running through their veins thanks to the biggest fan they know, their dad. Some of Logan's favorite memories include cold tailgates and game days at the "obscenely loud" U.S. Bank Stadium.

JOHN WARD

JOHN WARD

Current City: Soddy Daisy, TN

Favorite Viking: Adrian Peterson

Bio: John and his two sons "love everything about the Purple and Gold" and stick with the team through thick and thin. Although John lives in Tennessee and his sons in Idaho, the three travel to Minnesota for three or four games every season. They love connecting with other fans at U.S. Bank Stadium and everything about Vikings football.

NINI SOKOL

NINI SOKOL

Current City: Brooklyn Park, MN  

Favorite Viking: Randy Moss

Bio: Nini has shared a special bond with the Vikings since moving to America as a young child. Watching the team was her favorite activity with her father, who passed away 10 years ago, and she never misses a game. She has been a Season Ticket Member since U.S. Bank Stadium opened. At the 2016 season opener against the Packers, Nini was nearly 8 months pregnant and "almost gave birth at the game," she and her husband joke. She's famous in Section 143!

GERALD FORTIN

GERALD FORTIN

Current City: The Villages, FL

Favorite Viking: Fran Tarkenton

Bio: A true "original," Gerald became a Vikings Season Ticket Member starting with the team's inaugural 1961 season. Throughout the Vikings time at Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome, Gerald never missed a single game, often planning events around the Vikings schedule. After retiring to Florida in 1998, he passed his tickets along to his daughter, who has inherited his love for the team. Gerald will celebrate his 89th birthday in May.

DAN HILDRETH

DAN HILDRETH

Current City: Lakeville, MN

Favorite Viking: Tommy Kramer

Bio: A dedicated Vikings fan who bleeds Purple, Dan in 1998 created the first Vikings fan website, The Viking Underground. Through the platform, Dan combined his love for the team with a philanthropic spirit and raised thousands of dollars for the Vikings Children Fund. He also actively supported the Official Vikings Fan Club. The Viking Underground eventually merged with Viking Update, founded by Bob Lurtsema, to form VikingUpdate.com.

AMANDA LUCIUS

AMANDA LUCIUS

Current City: Apple Valley, MN

Favorite Viking: Cris Carter

Bio: Amanda's commitment to the Vikings runs so deep that she scheduled her wedding during the team's bye week to avoid missing a game. She was nominated for this honor by her husband, Mitchell, who said she woke at 6 a.m. during their honeymoon in Hawaii to watch the Vikings game at a local bar. According to Mitchell, Amanda – who recently was appointed as a Vikings Women Ambassador – cries whether the team wins or loses. Her passion is undeniable!

ZOE MADDEN

ZOE MADDEN

Current City: Coon Rapids, MN

Favorite Viking: Adam Thielen

Bio: Zoe has cheered for the Vikings since she learned how to talk. At just 9 years old, she loves to research player stats and teams all over the NFL, and her dream is to become a football analyst. Zoe loves to play fantasy football – and does quite well! – against all of her older cousins and aunts and uncles. Her favorite sport is flag football, and she has a huge football card collection. Zoe never misses a Vikings game and cheers until the very end.

DAN PAULOS

DAN PAULOS

Current City: Seattle, WA

Favorite Vikings: Adam Thielen & Eric Kendricks

Bio: It seems Dan was destined to be a Vikings fan before he was even born. In an effort to embrace American culture after immigrating from Greece to Minnesota, Dan's grandparents and their children became avid Vikings fans. Dan grew up in New York but traveled to Minnesota with his father each season for a Vikings game. Even while attending school on the East Coast and living in Patriots territory, Dan remained loyal to the Vikings and will always bleed Purple.

DARYLE VOSS

DARYLE VOSS

Current City: Ardmore, OK

Favorite Viking: Fran Tarkenton

Bio: A native of Oklahoma, Daryle became a "rabid" fan of the Vikings in 1974 at age 6. Because of all the Vikings gear he wore, his junior high football coach nicknamed Daryle "Vike." Daryle and his son Grant (named after Bud Grant) attended 21 straight Vikings Training Camps, making the trip from Oklahoma to Minnesota. Daryle attends a couple of games (home and road) every season and has been to 12 playoff games, including the Minneapolis Miracle. Combining his love for photography and the Vikings, he has a collection of more than 600 original, autographed photos.

CRAIG LIABRAATEN

CRAIG LIABRAATEN

Current City:Hibbing, MN

Favorite Viking:Fran Tarkenton

Bio:The strength of Craig's Vikings fandom matches the strength he showed throughout a battle with cancer. Diagnosed in 2003 with lymphoma, he suffered from a 75-pound tumor that was removed by doctors in Duluth, Minnesota. Craig demonstrated an incredible will to live, often inspired and motivated by his beloved Vikings, whom he's supported for 50 years. Craig has been cancer-free for 15 years.