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Vikings Okey Doke Jared Allen with Ring of Honor Surprise

Team to formally induct former defensive end into Ring of Honor during halftime ceremony at Vikings-Cardinals game Sunday, Oct. 30

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings rounded up Jared Allen Friday to have the defensive end speak to the whole team after Minnesota's stadium practice.

Then the cowboy got the ol' okey doke.

Head Coach Kevin O'Connell directed everyone's attention to the video board for highlights from Allen's time in Purple. The reel of sacks concluded with a custom graphic that announced Allen's 2022 induction to the Vikings Ring of Honor.

"You're looking at the 27th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor," O'Connell said as the video concluded.

Allen stood stunned by the news for a second before a wide grin overtook his face. The shock resounded as he let out a laugh, hugged O'Connell, removed his ball cap and ran his left hand over his head until it reached his flowing mullet.

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Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf and Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf each congratulated the All-Pro and Vikings single-season sacks record holder (22 in 2011) on joining the Vikings Ring of Honor.

A ceremony will be held at halftime of Minnesota's Week 8 game against Arizona on Oct. 30.

Before that, however, Allen is scheduled to attend Minnesota's practice Saturday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, which will be the first of 2022 Vikings Training Camp that is open to fans.

"Good to see Jared again, and we're excited he's going to be part of the Ring of Honor coming up here this fall. That's really special," Wilf told members of the media. "He's a special player in Vikings history, and now and forever, he'll be a Vikings Legend in our Ring of Honor."

Wilf said the Vikings organization appreciates Allen's accomplishments on the field and off.

"His support for military veterans is something we really feel strong about, as well," Wilf said. "Just great to have him here and great to have him in the Ring of Honor."

The Vikings acquired Allen in a trade with Kansas City that sent four picks (a first-round, two thirds and a sixth) to the Chiefs in exchange for Allen and a sixth-round selection used to pick John Sullivan.

Beyond bumping up the facial hair game of the Vikings, the move paid immediately in 2008 with Allen ripping through offensive linemen for 14.5 sacks in each of his first two seasons, helping the Vikings win back-to-back division crowns. Sullivan became the starting center in 2009 when Minnesota advanced all the way to the NFC Championship.

"Like any trade, there's nerves and anxiousness," Wilf said. "But we gave up some picks for him, and it was a lot of discussion about it, but it turned out to be one of the best things we did as ownership and in this franchise's history. Our first two seasons out of the block, we won the division. So, he made a big impact right away and we're fortunate it worked out."

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen joined Minnesota's practice squad in 2013, overlapping with Allen's sixth and final season in Minnesota.

Asked what aspect of Allen's personality or approach as a player has stuck with him over the years, Thielen noted Allen's energy.

"I've always tried to emulate that, whether in meetings or the locker room, on the field. He brought it every single day," Thielen said. "He was a fun guy to be around because of the energy, always joking around, messing around, but when it was game time, he was going. He was still messing around a little bit, but when that ball was snapped, it was a different guy."

Allen's impact went well beyond the Vikings locker room.

New outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, a fourth-round pick by Baltimore out of Kentucky in 2015, said he had watched Allen from afar.

"Just a dog, man. A crazy bull rush. Just on the edge each and every play. When they really needed him, he came through," Smith said. "I forgot which game it was, but it was the fourth quarter and they needed a sack really bad, and he was the one that made the play. I think the commentators were talking about him, like, 'They need a big play here.' And he was the one that delivered on that play."

Smith had a front-row seat Friday for Allen's message to the team about purpose.

" 'What's your purpose? Is it family? Is it money? What is it really?' When he brought up the money part, a lot of people get the money and want to quit after that," Smith said. "I look at it differently. I was a guy that came in, played one year of high school football, got a little taste of the money, but I'm still here today wanting to play football because I love the game and it's in my heart, man. That message that he just said meant so much to me. I felt like I was a part of that because I really love this game of football."

Allen also told this year's Vikings what he believed to be the keys to a successful team.

"Every good team I've been on has been leadership from the locker room, a good mix of vets and young guys, but the one common, core thread we had, everybody was self-motivated," Allen said.

View photos of Vikings Legend Jared Allen during his career with the team. He will be inducted into the 2022 Vikings Ring of Honor Class.

EAGAN, Minn. (July 29, 2022) – The Minnesota Vikings will induct former DE Jared Allen into the club's Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony of the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Allen spent six seasons with the Vikings (2008-13) after he was acquired in a trade with Kansas City. He earned three First-Team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press and four Pro Bowl berths with Minnesota.

"When we traded for Jared, his impact on the team was immediate," said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. "His talent as a pass rusher was a perfect addition to the defense and helped make us one of the best units in the NFL. The type of teammate he was in the locker room and person he was within the community were as equally important as his play on the field. He belongs in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor."

"Jared played with a passion, energy and drive that few players are able to match for as long as he did," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "He raised the level of play for everyone around him with his relentless approach, and he set a positive example with his engagement in the Minnesota community. We are excited he will join the Vikings Ring of Honor and forever be remembered as a Viking."

Allen set the Vikings record for sacks in a season with 22 in 2011, a mark that ranks tied for third in NFL history. He ranked in the NFL's top 10 in sacks in each of his six Vikings seasons, and his 136 career sacks rank as the 12th-most in NFL history (since 1982 when sacks became an official statistic). Allen is tied for the NFL record with four career safeties, all coming with the Vikings, including two in 2008, which is tied for the most in one NFL season.

During his Vikings tenure, Allen averaged .89 sacks per game played (85.5 sacks/96 games), the highest average in Vikings history. Allen was a cornerstone for three consecutive Vikings defensive units that ranked in the NFL's top 10 from 2008-10 (Nos. 6, 6 and 8). Allen was acquired via trade with Kansas City in 2008 after spending 2004-07 with the club.

Allen is the seventh former Vikings defensive lineman to earn his place in the Ring of Honor. His addition brings the Vikings Ring of Honor to 27 members. Previous inductees include Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad, Randy Moss, Dennis Green, Steve Jordan and Kevin Williams.

VIKINGS SACKS IN A SEASON

Jared Allen...................... 22, 2011

Chris Doleman....................... 21, 1989

Alan Page............................... 18, 1976

Keith Millard.......................... 18, 1989

VIKINGS SACKS IN A GAME

Randy Holloway....................... 5.0, vs. Atlanta (9/16/84)

Jared Allen.................. 4.5, vs. Green Bay (10/5/09)

VIKINGS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS LEADING TEAM IN SACKS

John Randle...................... 8 (1993-00)

Alan Page.......................... 6 (1961-66)

Jared Allen.................. 6 (2008-13)

VIKINGS CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 1.0+ SACKS

Jim Marshall........................... 8 (1969)

Jared Allen...................... 8 (2011)

NFL CAREER SACKS (SINCE 1982)

Player, Games.......................... Sacks............. INT/FR

1) Bruce Smith, 279............................. 200..................... 2/15

2) Reggie White, 232........................... 198..................... 3/20

3) Kevin Greene, 228........................... 160..................... 5/26

4) Julius Peppers, 266...................... 159.5.................. 11/21

5) Chris Doleman, 232..................... 150.5..................... 8/24

6) Michael Strahan, 216.................. 141.5..................... 4/15

7) Jason Taylor, 233......................... 139.5..................... 8/29

8) Terrell Suggs, 244............................ 139..................... 7/15

9) DeMarcus Ware, 178.................. 138.5....................... 3/8

10) Richard Dent, 203...................... 137.5..................... 8/13

11) John Randle, 187....................... 137.5..................... 1/11

12) JARED ALLEN, 187.................. 136............... 6/19

13) John Abraham, 192................... 133.5....................... 1/6

NFL CAREER SAFETIES

Jared Allen........................................................... 4

Ted Hendricks.......................................................................... 4

Doug English............................................................................ 4

Justin Houston........................................................................ 4

NFL SACKS 2004-13

Jared Allen..................................................... 128.5

DeMarcus Ware................................................................. 117

Robert Mathis................................................................. 107.5

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