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Rick Spielman enters his 10th season as General Manager of the club and 16th overall with the Vikings in 2021, the 31st season he has worked in the NFL. The Vikings have won 4 NFC North titles made the playoffs 6 times in the past 13 seasons.
Spielman joined the Vikings as Vice President of Player Personnel on May 30, 2006 and directed scouting, free agency and draft preparations for the club before taking on General Manager duties for 2012. Spielman has climbed the ranks of NFL personnel departments with Detroit, Chicago and Miami prior to joining the Vikings. Spielman's tenure with all 3 franchises has been highlighted by drafting impact players throughout the seven rounds and making key trades and free agency acquisitions. Spielman's teams have won 7 divisional titles and made the playoffs 11 times. Spielman was named NFL Executive of the Year by Pro Football Weekly in 2017.
The Vikings have drafted players who have made immediate impacts on the club under Spielman's direction. The team has used 17 picks in the 1st round since Spielman joined the club. Of those 1st-rounders 8 were All-Rookie selections, 5 were Pro Bowlers as rookies, Adrian Peterson (2007) and Percy Harvin (2009) were each named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, Patterson was a 1st-Team Associated Press All-Pro and Jefferson earned 2nd-Team AP All-Pro honors, only the 2nd rookie WR in the NFL since Randy Moss achieved All-Pro in 1998. In 2012, Peterson was named Associated Press NFL MVP. Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson were each named to the 2010's NFL All-Decade Team.