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Mick Tingelhoff this year’s Seniors nominee to Hall of Fame

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With the addition of a pair of contributor nominees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is only nominating one player from the Seniors Committee this year.

And that player is one of the most durable and productive players in football history.

The Hall announced this afternoon that longtime Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff was this year’s lone Seniors nominee.

He won’t be competing for a spot in Canton with modern players, as he will be subject to a yes/no vote, and needs 80 percent to earn his spot. While not a rubber stamp, the recent record is good for those presented by the seniors committee.

A six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, Tingelhoff started all 240 games he played for the Vikings over a 17-year career.

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48 Responses to “Mick Tingelhoff this year’s Seniors nominee to Hall of Fame”
  1. oslograss says: Aug 20, 2014 2:25 PM


  2. floratiotime says: Aug 20, 2014 2:26 PM

    Hard to judge him since he played for the Vikes.

  3. norseyapper says: Aug 20, 2014 2:29 PM

    Exceptionally classy guy as well. This is well deserved and long overdue.

  4. macdaddyspeed says: Aug 20, 2014 2:31 PM

    In keeping with contemporary viking reporting structure, Mr. Tingelhoff will be inducted as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 20, 2014 2:32 PM

    Finally! He started 240 straight games and was at a high level until the very end of a 17-year career. He should have gone in years ago. Next up: Jim Marshall.

  6. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 20, 2014 2:35 PM

    Well deserved, a great player deserving of the honor.

  7. vikings1packers0 says: Aug 20, 2014 2:36 PM

    He was a beast. Congratulations to Mick

  8. fwippel says: Aug 20, 2014 2:36 PM

    It’s about time. After for his first preseason game in 1962, Tingelhoff started every game, preseason, regular season and post-season for the rest of his career.

    He was an excellent center at his best, and never worse than a good center in his final years. Long, long overdue.

  9. arnoldziffel says: Aug 20, 2014 2:45 PM

    This would be well deserved … Tinglehoff was a great player for Minnesota.

    Next up … #64, Jerry Kramer – Guard, Green Bay Packers …

  10. lnfinite says: Aug 20, 2014 2:46 PM

    A class act balongs in the HOF

  11. macneil4025 says: Aug 20, 2014 2:47 PM

    How about Jim Marshall? Oh ya, Mike Ditka is an idiot, just had to get that out there!

  12. mmacify says: Aug 20, 2014 2:48 PM

    Seventeen years at center without missing a single game while playing at a Pro Bowl level! This was also the era of Deacon Jones/Mean Joe Green head-slapping and o-linemen not being allowed to use their hands. He was one of the very best of his era and he deserves to go in the Hall.

  13. chris1cat says: Aug 20, 2014 2:57 PM

    WOW! He is a Vikings legend, I sure hope he makes it.
    17 years as a center, this is old school toughness, period!

  14. scrp2 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:00 PM

    Top 5 greatest Vikings:

    1. Fran Tarkenton
    2. Randy Moss
    3. Alan Page
    4. Mick Tinglehoff
    5. Robert Smith

  15. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 20, 2014 3:06 PM

    Tinglehoff seems like a good call. Starting every single game for an NFL-dominant team is nothing to sneeze at.

    I also believe I vaguely recall some hilarious story of him describing Butkus or Mean Joe Greene laying loogies on the football right before he was about to snap it. I may be off on a few details, but it was just classic old skool highjinx.

  16. poiuyt7 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    Nice pick. Now, how about Jerry Kramer?

  17. skimbell says: Aug 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Mick Tinglehoff? Right!
    Until Jerry Kramer is in, the whole HOF is a joke.
    Playing on a team that collected five NFL titles, including the first two Superbowls, kinda makes Tinglehoff look a little less Hall of Fameish.

  18. digitalsasquatch says: Aug 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    Way to go, Ting!

  19. barneyrumble says: Aug 20, 2014 3:33 PM

    What a great football name and well deserving of going into the Hall for his play. This comes from some one that (let me go Daniel Snyder) NEVER liked the Vikings. Go Bears.

  20. uwsptke says: Aug 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    I’m not hating on Tingelhoff here, since it’s not an either/or situation, but how is Jerry Kramer not nominated?

  21. citizenstrange says: Aug 20, 2014 3:35 PM

    Almost any ham & egger can go to a couple of Pro Bowls. Especially when there is a team for each conference and the first five selections in front of you decline to go.

    All-Pro is a different story. Five All-Pros is deserving of the Hall of Fame. Congratulations Mick Tingelhoff. Well done.

  22. boomboombrown says: Aug 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    20 years to late. Congrats Mick! Now Jim Marshall. Jerry Kramer after that.

  23. theoriginalbvan says: Aug 20, 2014 3:38 PM


  24. purpleguy says: Aug 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Very well deserved. I sure hope he gets in.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Aug 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    Great player as evidenced by all his Superbowl rings…oh wait, he doesn’t have any?

    Never mind.

  26. deltaoracle says: Aug 20, 2014 3:55 PM

    Very good player, deserving honor, congrats to him.

    But Jerry Kramer should have been in many years ago, and his omission makes the selection people look like idiots or spiteful jerks – their choice.

  27. zygiwilfsmenorah says: Aug 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    Jerry Kramer is being blackmailed and don’t believe otherwise. A lot of journalists and NFL brass were upset at the realease of the first ever “behind the scenes expose'” book, “Instant Replay” that Kramer diaried. It was a great book, he is a great player and a greater man.

    This Vikings fan believes Kramer is unfairly not considered to be enshrined. He is BEYOND worthy and needs to be in.

    Isn’t the biggest criteria “Do we need this person to tell the history of football?” He was the key cog in one of the great teams, one of the greatest championship endings, and nobody has ever questioned his incredible talent.

    FREE KRAMER!!!!!

  28. truckenlauten says: Aug 20, 2014 3:57 PM

    No Jerry Kramer????????? This has to be some kind of a joke. He should have been nominated years ago. The Hall Of Fame needs a new election committe. Maybe they might find some people who know something about football.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 20, 2014 4:09 PM

    It does seem that Jerry Kramer should be in the Hall of Fame based on his accomplishments. I can only guess that he hasn’t made it because the nominating committee finds Packer fans to be so annoying.

  30. wallyswfl says: Aug 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    Great selection, Jerry Kramer should be next year but any ways on to the next story…..

  31. wallyswfl says: Aug 20, 2014 4:13 PM

    whatjusthapped- your right Like Barry Sanders, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith Ect. Ect. oh wait these guys didnt win either!!!!!

  32. cacheesehead1237 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:24 PM

    Jerry Kramer

  33. ktm300xcwe says: Aug 20, 2014 4:34 PM

    It was Butkus who hacked loogeys on his hands. I also agree, Jerry Kramer should be next up. Then Jim Marshall

  34. dluxxx says: Aug 20, 2014 4:36 PM


  35. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    Apropos of nothing, the Vikings started playing in 1961 and have 12 Hall of Famers. Tingelhoff will be 13. The Packers started playing in 1919 and they have 21 Hall of Famers. Only four of those Hall of Famers started playing in 1961 or later.

  36. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    I can think of no greater travesty in the NFL than the fact that Jerry Kramer is not yet in the Hall of Fame. It will happen, though, and it will be a special day.

  37. carp0056 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:47 PM

    Jerry Kramer

  38. stellarperformance says: Aug 20, 2014 5:05 PM

    Tingelhoff and Nitschke were the best at what they did during their era. I’m glad this guy is getting in. Old School. I love it.

  39. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 20, 2014 5:22 PM

    Sorry, I miscounted. Packers have 22 Hall of Famers. Still just four after 1961, though.

  40. drtharrison says: Aug 20, 2014 5:28 PM

    Bob Kuechenberg. Seriously.

  41. deltaoracle says: Aug 20, 2014 5:33 PM

    But seven World Championships since 1961.

  42. footballhistorian says: Aug 20, 2014 6:47 PM

    Drew Pearson…and Ditka was right…

  43. knucklehead93 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:07 PM


    I agree with the Packer fans, Kramer should be in too.

  44. deeppurple23 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:04 PM

    Long overdue, Congrates Mick.

  45. cookbart says: Aug 20, 2014 9:45 PM

    Is Mike Tinglehoff on the 50 year NFL team/
    Jerry Kramer is so why isn’t he is the HOF

    We know that the HOF selection committee are idiots

    Wait until they leave Brett Favre off the 1st ballot


  46. charger383 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:56 PM

    why is he not in already

  47. viksfaninaz says: Aug 21, 2014 12:26 AM

    Congratz Mick and yes Jerry will go next but Mick deserves to go first..

    Mick Tingelhoff : 6-time Pro Bowler & 5-time First-Team All-Pro

    Jerry Kramer : 3-time Pro Bowler & 5-time First-Team All-Pro

  48. idpfantasyfootball says: Aug 24, 2014 8:21 AM

    Charles Haley
    Jim Marshall
    Jerry Kramer
    Ken Stabler

    before Tinglehoff..

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