On Saturday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings lost a beloved figure when a former star player passed away.
Mick Tingelhoff, a longtime center for the Vikings, passed away this week according to a statement from the team today. He was 81 years old.
“Mick Tingelhoff was the anchor of the great Vikings teams during an amazing era that included four Super Bowls,” the Wilf family said in a statement. “A humble but strong leader, he defined toughness. Mick’s legacy will live on as a Hall of Famer, on the field and off the field. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Our hearts are heavy as we announce the passing of #Vikings Legend Mick Tingelhoff.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 11, 2021
Tingelhoff started his college football career at Nebraska. It took a while for him to crack the starting roster, but he eventually did during his senior season.
Following a strong collegiate career, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 1962. He quickly established himself as one of the best centers in the entire league.
During his illustrious NFL career, Tingelhoff racked up six Pro Bowl appearances, five first-team All-Pro honors and an NFL championship.
He started 240 consecutive games during his career, which was good for second all-time when he retired.
Our thoughts are with the Tingelhoff family.