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Francis Asbury Tarkenton was born on February 3, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. Fran, as he was referred to throughout his NFL career, joined the Minnesota Vikings as a quarterback in 1961, moved on to play for the New York Giants from 1967-1971, and then returned to the Vikings from 1972-1978.

In 1961, Tarkenton signed with the Vikings and played his first NFL game against the Chicago Bears. He led the Vikings to a victory by passing for 250 yards and four touchdown passes. Fran is the only player in NFL history to pass for four touchdowns in his first NFL game. In Tarkenton's final seven years with the Vikings, he led Minnesota to six NFC Central Division titles and three Super Bowl appearances. He was named first or second-team All-NFL three times and was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls during his career.

                                          

In 1967, Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants for five seasons. In 1969, the Giants played against the Vikings and Tarkenton threw two touchdown passes to secure a 24-23 victory over his former team. In his 18 NFL seasons, Tarkenton completed 3,686 pass completions, 47,003 passing yards and 342 touchdowns with 266 interceptions. Tarkenton's 47,003 career passing yards rank him 6th all time, and his 342 career passing touchdowns is ranked 4th in NFL history. Tarkenton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

 

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On July 30, 1988, Alan Page, former Minnesota Viking, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Page won a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. There he earned college football All-American honors for his achievements in 1966. In 1967, Page was the Minnesota Vikings' second pick in the first round of the first combined AFL-NFL draft in 1967.  He was the starting right defense tackle in his fourth game and remained a regular throughout the rest of his 238-game career. Page's defensive tackle approach was both confident and effective.  He once said, "If you're going to make a mistake, make it aggressively." 

                                  

In 1971, Page was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player, as well as the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1971 and 1973.  He acquired some amazing statistics throughout his career in the NFL.  He recovered 23 opponents' fumbles, and unofficial figures show that he also blocked 28 kicks and recorded 173 sacks.  He set a career-high in sacks with 18 in 1976 and is unofficially credited with 5 other seasons with 10 sacks or more. Page was voted to nine straight Pro Bowls, and he was named to an all-conference team ten times. Page played for the Vikings from 1967-1978 and then with the Chicago Bears from 1978-1981. 

While playing football full-time, Page attended the University of Minnesota and received his Juris Doctor in 1978. After his retirement from pro football, Page became a lawyer and was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

                            

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