In lead-up to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, several conversations have cropped up across social media about Super Bowls past.
Most recently, CBS Sports' Will Brinson ranked all 52 Super Bowls in NFL history, including Minnesota's four appearances under Hall of Fame Coach Bud Grant.
Brinson put Super Bowl IX at No. 33 on the list, when the Vikings were defeated 16-6 by the Steelers. He wrote:
This was a "Your defense is offensive game" with a halftime score of 2-0. Two! Terry Bradshaw and Fran Tarkenton combined for 198 yards on 40 attempts, but the Steelers still won the franchise's first Super Bowl.
Just behind it at No. 34 was Super Bowl XI, when the Vikings fell 32-14 to the Oakland Raiders. Brinson pointed out that the game featured an incredible 17 future Hall of Famers.
Super Bowl VIII between Miami (24) and Minnesota (7) was listed at No. 44 overall, and Super Bowl IV, when the Chiefs defeated the Vikings 23-7, was listed at No. 45.
Which big game topped Brinson's list? Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.
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Birk to speak at Rochester school
Vikings Legend Matt Birk didn't spend his entire NFL career in Purple, but he's stayed rooted in the Twin Cities.
Birk, who played for the Vikings from 1998-2008 before spending four seasons with Baltimore, is scheduled to speak at a Minnesota school in March. According to Sean Tehan from ABC 6 News, Birk will speak at Lourdes High School in Rochester. He wrote:
Over his 15-year NFL career, Birk was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro. Birk helped anchor the Baltimore Ravens offensive line to a Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers before retiring from the NFL in February 2013.
The event, titled "Matt Birk—Faith & Football," will be on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. inside the Lourdes High School Auditorium. [Forty] of Birk's books will be auctioned off for $100 each. Those who purchase a book can personally meet Birk himself.
Online tickets are $25, and tickets at the door will cost $30 (cash or check only). Online tickets can be purchased at lhsmn.booktix.com. All proceeds will benefit the Rochester Catholic Schools Athletic Department.
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Kyle Rudolph heading to Atlanta for NFL Honors
Kyle Rudolph and his wife, Jordan, picked a good day to get out of dodge.
With wind chills dipping to -50 degrees in the Twin Cities, Kyle tweeted that he is on his way to Atlanta for the week of Super Bowl LIII. As the Vikings nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year, Kyle will be recognized along with 31 other nominees from other NFL teams. The winner of the award will be announced at NFL Honors on Saturday night.
Kyle was earlier announced the winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year charity challenge, thanks to fans racking up the mentions on social media, and received $25,000 from Nationwide for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.