Nearly 2,000 miles separate U.S. Bank Stadium from Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, but the two venues will be closely tied this weekend.
Former Vikings wide receiver Ahmad Rashad will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor during halftime of the Lions game on Sunday. The night before, Rashad's alma mater Oregon will honor him with a custom helmet decal.
Rashad took to Twitter in anticipation of a "huge weekend" and posted a preview of the decal that will be adorned to the back of the Ducks helmets when they face the Golden Bears. A gold graphic depicts Rashad's 28 jersey number and the years he played for the Vikings (1976-1982).
Rashad played at Oregon as Bobby Moore before changing his name in 1973. He started as a wide receiver but was moved to running back following his 1969 sophomore season.
In just two seasons, Rashad recorded 2,333 rushing yards and more than 1,500 receiving yards. He was named an All-American after a standout senior performance.
Initially drafted fourth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, Rashad wound up in Minnesota in 1976. He totaled 400 receptions for 5,489 yards and 34 touchdowns over seven seasons in Purple. Rashad became the first Vikings receiver with consecutive seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls (1978-81).
Rashad posted at least 51 receptions and 671 yards in six straight seasons with Minnesota.
He will be recognized Friday during a Vikings Ring of Honor Purple Jacket Ceremony that is open to the public (with ticket purchase) at U.S. Bank Stadium and will sound the Gjallarhorn before Sunday's game.