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Vikings 50
Vikings 50

Vikings 50

All-Time Greatest Players in Franchise History
By Jim Bruton, Foreword by Fran Tarkenton

SPORTS & RECREATION

224 Pages, 9 x 10

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)

ISBN 9781600786914

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2012)

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Overview

The Purple Pride’s best and brightest
Out of the hundreds of players that have toiled at Metropolitan Stadium and the Metrodome, this collection celebrates only the 50 greatestâ€â€Âthe Minnesota Vikings who stood head and shoulders above their peers. Interviews with superstars such as Ron Yary, Paul Krause, Fran Tarkenton, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson, and more are featured along with authentic accounts from their teammates and coaches. The book explores each competitor’s beginnings as well as his greatest moments on the gridiron, concluding with what he has been doing since his playing days ended. Featuring a compilation of action photographs in addition to personal images, this reflection reveals the never-before-told stories of these elite heroes, making it the perfect companion for devoted Vikings fans of all ages.

Reviews

“A wonderful coffee table book.† St. Paul Pioneer Press

Author Biography

Jim Bruton is the author of The Big House: Life Inside a Supermax Security Prison, Gopher Glory: The Pride of the Maroon and Gold, A Tradition of Purple: An Inside Look at the Minnesota Vikings, and We Love Our Twins and the coauthor of Every Day Is Game Day and A Passion to Win. He is a former football player for the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Fran Tarkenton is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame and is recognized as one of the greatest players of all time. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Media

Vikings 50 was featured with a cover image in an author Q&A with Jim Bruton in The Lowdown.
Jim Bruton, author of Vikings 50, interviews live on the KQ Morning Show.
Listen to an interview with Jim Bruton, author of Vikings 50, on “KARE 11 News at 4pm” on KARE, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Jim Bruton, author of Vikings 50, interviewed on "WCCO 4 News at Noon" on WCCO-TV, Minneapolis's CBS affiliate.
Jim Bruton, author of Vikings 50, interviewed on "WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee" on WCCO-AM.
Vikings 50 was mentioned in the sports section of the St. Paul Pioneer Pres, calling it “a wonderful coffee table book.”

Book Signings

Past Events


Dec
20
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
Maplewood, MN
1:00pm
Jun
15
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
Apple Valley, MN
1:00pm
Mar
29
Jim Bruton with Dave Osborn - Vikings 50 ›
Brooklyn Park, MN
5:00pm
Mar
24
Jim Bruton with Gene Washington - Vikings 50 ›
New Hope, MN
2:30pm
Mar
02
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
White Bear Lake, MN
1:00pm
Dec
15
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
Maplewood, MN
12:00pm
Dec
12
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
Minneapolis, MN
11:30am
Dec
12
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
Eagan, MN
6:00pm
Dec
10
Jim Bruton with Former Vikings Players - Vikings 50 ›
St Paul, MN
11:00am
Dec
08
Jim Bruton & Former Vikings Players - Vikings 50 ›
Rosedale , MN
12:00pm
Dec
08
Jim Bruton with Former Vikings Players - Vikings 50 ›
St Louis Park, MN
3:00pm
Dec
07
Jim Bruton with Stu Voigt - Vikings 50 ›
Bloomington, MN
3:00pm
Dec
02
Jim Bruton with Stu Voigt and Dave Osborn - Vikings 50 ›
Bloomington, MN
3:30pm
Dec
01
Jim Bruton with Stu Voigt and Dave Osborn - Vikings 50 ›
Bloomington, MN
1:00pm
Dec
01
Jim Bruton - Vikings 50 ›
Minnetonka, MN
7:00pm
Nov
24
Jim Bruton & Former Vikings Players - Vikings 50 ›
Minnetonka, MN
11:00am
Oct
11
Jim Bruton & Former Vikings Players - Vikings 50 ›
Minneapolis, MN
4:00pm

Press Releases

Vikings 50: All-Time Greatest Players in Franchise History
By Jim Bruton
Foreword by Pro Football Hall of
Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton


The Minnesota Vikings celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010. While hundreds of gridiron giants have toiled at Metropolitan Stadium and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, 50 players have stood heads (and shoulder pads) above their peers-including superstars like Adrian Peterson, Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Bill Brown, Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman, Ron Yary, Randy Moss, Antoine Winfield, Matt Birk and Paul Krause.

 

Vikings 50: All-Time Greatest Players in Franchise History (Triumph Books, October 2012) by Jim Bruton, foreword by former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton, is a must-have commemorative for every die-hard Vikings fan.

 

"This is a team that, once you are on it, you cannot be cut, waived, or traded. You are a member of this team forever," notes former Vikings defensive tackle John Randle in Vikings 50.

 

Interviewing 47 of the 50 legendary players as well as coaches and teammates, author Jim Bruton offers exclusive, never-before-told tales about these Minnesota football heroes and Hall-of-Famers, as well as remarkably unfiltered access to each fan favorite. Admits former tight end Steve Jordan, "I was originally thinking I would attend college at the Air Force Academy to play tennis, but I ended up at Brown for their academics and to play football." Player profiles are also accompanied by personal photos and action shots from the field.

 

About the Author:

Jim Bruton, former prison warden is the author of The Big House: Life Inside the Supermax Security Prison, Gopher Glory: The Pride of the Maroon and Gold, A Tradition in Purple: An Inside Look at the Minnesota Vikings, and We Love Our Twins, and is the coauthor of Every Day Is Game Day with Fran Tarkenton , A Passion to Win with Lou Nanne and Best Seat in the House with Mark Rosen. Bruton signed professional football contracts with the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys and was a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Fran Tarkenton, one of the most exciting and dynamic players of all time, is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame and is recognized as one of the NFL's greatest players. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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