The team was officially named the Minnesota Vikings on September 27, 1960; the name is partly meant to reflect Minnesota's place as a center of Scandinavian American culture
The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960. They compete in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). Prior to divisional realignment in 2002, they had been a member of the NFC Central, also known as the Black & Blue Division.
Throughout the franchise's history, they have had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL. They are also one of only five NFL teams to win 15 games during the regular season. The Vikings have won one NFL championship (pre-1970 AFL-NFL Merger). Since the merger they have made the playoffs 24 times, third most in the league
The team currently has ten members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. These include Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Bud Grant, Jim Finks, Paul Krause, Ron Yary, Carl Eller, Gary Zimmerman, Randall McDaniel and John Randle.