Vikings’ Joe Berger retires

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Vikings offensive lineman Joe Berger is calling it a career.

Berger, a guard/center who started all 16 games for the Vikings last year, said today that he’s done. The 35-year-old Berger played seven seasons in Minnesota after previous stops in Miami and Dallas.

“After a lot of careful thought and prayer I have decided to retire from football,” Berger wrote in a statement. “I have been fortunate to enjoy 13 seasons and have had the opportunity to play with so many good players and coaches. I was on some great teams before the Vikings, but it wasn’t until I got to Minnesota that I really felt at home.”

The move is no surprise, as Berger said during the season that he was leaning toward retirement. But he was a free agent who drew interest from the Lions and Panthers as well as the Vikings, and he decided to listen to those teams’ offers.

In the end, however, he decided he’s done.

36 responses to “Vikings’ Joe Berger retires

  1. Great player. He was a good starter as well as a backup many years. The Vikings will miss him on that Offensive Line. Hopefully they find good replacements.

  2. Great player, and an even better guy. While I would have loved to have him back, we can get a gem at the guard position in the draft, and in the process get younger and more athletic. Enjoy your retirement Berger.

    #Skol

  3. With Joe’s retirement, there is one important question left to be answered. Is his last name pronounced BURGER or BURR-ZURR”?

  4. Really good player who blossomed late in his career after coming to the Vikings, a lot like Tom Johnson. You hate to lose these guys but it’s an opportunity to get younger. Pat Elflein showed last year you can get a really good guard/center in the second or third round so I think that’s where they’ll find their next starter.

  5. If my Minnesota Vikings were really serious (as if Cousins and Richardson aren’t enough) they would give up their #1 draft choice this year and a #3 next year and put themselves in a position to draft Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame……………….

  6. I’m an Eagles fan first, but as my handle suggests, I pay special attention to the big boys up front. Even as an Eagles fan who was elated with the outcome of the NFCCG, I felt a twinge of sadness when I saw the look on this guy’s face at the end of that game. He’s one of those dudes who quietly gives everything he has. He came close to the grail this year but fell short. Congratulations on a great career, Joe.

  7. Thanks for the many years of dedication to the team!

    And the pronunciation is BURR-ZURR – the “G” is a soft G, not a hard G.

  8. sterling7 says:
    March 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

    If my Minnesota Vikings were really serious (as if Cousins and Richardson aren’t enough) they would give up their #1 draft choice this year and a #3 next year and put themselves in a position to draft Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame……………….
    __________

    That would allow them to move up about two spots. Nelson is projected to go in the top 10. If Spielman could pull that trade off, he really would be a magician.

  9. I remember him saving the season when Sullivan went down. Played so well that Sullivan never got his job back. Thanks for everything Joe and enjoy the next stage of your life.

  10. That would allow them to move up about two spots. Nelson is projected to go in the top 10. If Spielman could pull that trade off, he really would be a magician.-I DON’T GET THIS AT ALL, TWO SPOTS FROM WHAT? I SAID GIVE UP A #1 AND/OR WHATEVER IT WOULD TAKE A #3 OR WHATEVER TO DRAFT QUENTON NELSON-I AM SPEAKING FIGURATIVELY NOT LITERALLY……………….

  11. His name might as well been Steady Freddy or Plug N Play. Wherever he was inserted on the OL, we received consistent good play. Good luck Joe to your life after football.

  12. SO much hate for the Vikings tisk tisk.. This should be about the celebration of a solid player and Citizen! Good luck Joe the NFL will miss you.

  13. Solid citizen, and a typical steady quiet O-line performer that always graded out well by PFF every week. Equally important, he mentored the other two younger interior O-linemen who played very strongly last year. The Vikes will miss him, but I imagine that they intended to draft his replacement all along this spring.

  14. I was so surprised that this guy and Tom Johnson were in their thirties. They both played very well for the Vikings.

    Fortunately, guards aren’t hard to replace. Vikings will draft two guards, a tackle, receiver, cornerback, and linebacker in this draft.

  15. Does he receive his 2018 NFL Offseason Championship ring or did he just retire before that became official? Maybe 6 of them were enough for him.

  16. Great and reliable O-Lineman who really filled in nicely when the O’lineman were going down like flies in ’16. Best of luck Joe!

  17. Joe Berger is one of those rare individuals who came from a very small school program, blossomed later in his career and went on to perform at a high level in his later years in the NFL. On top of that, he was a quality person and that’s equally rare in Minnesota.

    In the final analysis, he shares something every other Viking shares, 57 years of futility. Winning a championship is hard in the NFL, the Vikings just seem to make it appear impossible.

  18. The Vikings now have no Guards good enough to be relied on as starters. Tom Compton, Danny Isidora, Josh Andrews? Easton can play G but he is better at C. Slick Rick will be forced to draft a G to start this season and will need to hold on to some cap money hoping a solid vet gets cut. Some think you can just plug in a G from the 2nd or 3rd round. That is false. It’s rare for rookie OL to be ready in their first season like Elflein was.

  19. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    I’m happy Joe will have a lasting memory of the physical beat down he and his team put on the hated Packers in their low budget stadium. 16-0
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    The Vikings were 5-10-1 against Green Bay while Berger was there from 2011-2017. He’ll always have that 2017 playoff win to look back on, but his final memory will be 38-7.

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