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Former Vikings G.M. Mike Lynn dies at 76

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The man who engineered the trade that brought Herschel Walker to the Vikings and helped strengthen a Cowboys franchise that won three Super Bowls in the 1990s has died at age 76.

“The Vikings are deeply saddened by the passing of Mike Lynn,” the team says in a statement posted at its website.  “He was instrumental in the success of the Vikings for many years.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lynn family in this difficult time.”

Lynn served as General Manager of the Vikings from 1975 through 1990.  He thereafter worked as the head of the World League of American Football (which eventually became the World League then NFL Europe then NFL Europa), with his signature appearing on the ball in 1991.

Last month, a report surfaced that Lynn received 10 percent of all luxury suite revenue at the Metrodome, a contractual term that paid him between $14 million and $20 million.  (Some may say it was the Herschel Walker deal of G.M. compensation packages.)

On Lynn’s watch, the Vikings made it to one Super Bowl and consistently contended for playoff berths.  His draft picks included Hall of Famers Randall McDaniel and Chris Doleman.  Lynn’s regime also signed Hall of Famer John Randle as an undrafted free agent.  Other Pro Bowlers drafted by Lynn include defensive tackle Keith Millard, safety Joey Browner, cornerback Carl Lee, defensive tackle Henry Thomas, running back Terry Allen, tight end Steve Jordan, and quarterbacks Tommy Kramer and Wade Wilson.

Walker was supposed to be the final piece of a potential Super Bowl puzzle in 1989, but the team underachieved and missed the playoffs in each of Walker’s three seasons in Minnesota.

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4 Responses to “Former Vikings G.M. Mike Lynn dies at 76”
  1. pappavike says: Jul 21, 2012 8:29 PM

    Good person, Good Gm But were all rembered for the Dumb! Things we do! So shall Mike Lynn Rip.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 21, 2012 8:50 PM

    The happiest people are the Wilf’s. Any event in the ‘Dome, he got suite revenues. Any event, football, baseball, concert, college baseball, final four, and motor crosses. Smart business guy.

  3. bluewinger says: Jul 22, 2012 7:13 AM

    Sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. But the NFL should of been investigated for allowing the Hershell Walker trade to go forward. The vikings gave up half a team and then most of their draft picks for one player. I smelled a rat the first moment I heard of this trade going down. All the NFL wanted was to bring the basement dweller Cowboys back into the spotlight.

  4. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:22 PM

    How ’bout the lawsuit during the late 80’s between Winter and Pohlad vs Lynn for control of the Vikings? Packer fans surely would’ve loved that at the time had their team not been on the backe end of a 25-year playoff drought. Lynn did sell his share after 6 years of lawsuits to Pohlad who along with Winter and others accepted a buyout from the 12-headed ownership monster in 1992.

    It’s funny that the ’89 trade happened just two years before he was essentially fired as GM. Makes ya wonder if it was just to cripple the franchise like Red McComb’s trading Moss two months before he sold the team after getting burned at the legislature for a new stadium for 5 years.

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