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Joe Kapp Is Today’s Honorary Viking

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 17, 2010 – 10:51 am

Prior to each home game, one individual serves as the Honorary Viking and sounds the Gjallarhorn just before kickoff. Today’s Honorary Viking is former QB Joe Kapp.

During his short stay with the Vikings, Kapp made lasting memories for Vikings fans and remains today a fan-favorite in Minnesota.

After 8 seasons in the CFL, Kapp joined the Vikings and was Bud Grant’s starting QB for 3 seasons. His best season came in 1969, his final season with the Vikings, when he threw for 1,726 yards and 19 TDs. Kapp currently holds the NFL record (tie) and Vikings record with 7 TD passes in a game and also led the Vikings to the NFL Championship 40 years ago.

Kapp was the impetus behind the “40 For 60″ motto the team embraced during his time in purple.


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8 Responses to “Joe Kapp Is Today’s Honorary Viking”

  1. By jbork on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    kapp was the man1

  2. By uber on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    One of the original tough guys.

  3. By paul on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    Back in Joe,s day they didn’t in a hot air balloon.

  4. By paul on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    Back in Joe,s day they didn’t play in a hot air balloon.

  5. By cw on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Capp was the reason I became a fan in 69′,the frozen tundra was the real gridiron then. Joe was pure heart and sole on the field. Yeah, I saw them lose that first Super Bowl, but I was hooked and I am a Iowa Hawkeye, we had no NFL team.

  6. By Jcarr on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Whoever it was that thought of bringing in Joe Kapp to sound the Gjallarhorn to let the Cowboys know that the Vikings were coming deserves a game ball. Football is as much psychological as it is physical. (e.g. – New Orleans Saints bringing in Deuce McAlister this past week). This was even more powerful than what the Saints did because it could be felt on both sidelines and in the stands. Never ever understimate the power of lore and of legend. Bravo.

  7. By Scott Foster on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    WOW, just found this blog, sorry, however your all right Joe Kapp and in particular the 1969 team, made and remains my main love. Oh by the way , primarily by listenning to the radio. Viking teams have and will continue, but oh the day when Kapp would will us on to victory!! Yea we have lost 4 times, but the Minnesota Vikings are and remain football defined.

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