Matt Blair To Become 20th Vikings Ring Of Honor Member

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2012 – 2:15 pm

Induction into the Vikings Ring of Honor is the highest honor the organization can bestow upon an individual. The Vikings announced on Monday from 2012 Verizon Vikings Training Camp that former LB Matt Blair will receive that honor on Thursday, October 25 of this year.

Blair, a second-round pick of the Vikings out of Iowa State in 1974, played LB for the Vikings from 1974-85 and still ranks second in team history with 1,452 tackles; he collected 220 tackles in 1980, marking the third-most tackles by a player in team history. Only fellow Ring of Honor member Scott Studwell and Roy Winston played in more games at LB for the Vikings than Blair’s 160 games (with 130 starts) and no other Vikings LB had more sacks (23.0) or INTs (16). Blair had a knack for being around the ball at the right time, as illustrated by the fact that he blocked 20 kicks during his career and had three games in which he blocked two kicks.

A six-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro, Blair made his appearances in the all-star game in consecutive seasons (1977-82), and Alan Page (nine) is the only defensive player in club history with more Pro Bowls to his credit. Blair played on two Super Bowl teams with the Vikings, and the club won NFC Central Division titles and went to the playoffs in six of his first seven seasons in the League.

The Vikings Ring of Honor recognizes Vikings legends for their contributions to the success of the team on and off the field. Members of the Ring of Honor are recognized with a banner on the facade of Mall of America Field’s upper deck, forever living in Vikings lore.

Vikings Ring of Honor
Fran Tarkenton – 1998
Alan Page – 1998
Jim Finks – 1998
Bud Grant – 1998
Paul Krause – 1998
Fred Zamberletti – 1998
Jim Marshall – 1999
Ron Yary – 2001
Korey Stringer – 2001
Mick Tingelhoff – 2001
Carl Eller – 2001
Cris Carter – 2002
Bill Brown – 2003
Jerry Burns – 2005
Randall McDaniel – 2006
Chuck Foreman – 2007
John Randle – 2008
Scott Studwell – 2009
Chris Doleman – 2011
Matt Blair – 2012

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13 Responses to “Matt Blair To Become 20th Vikings Ring Of Honor Member”

  1. By shawn6464 on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    The most up to the second blog available …

  2. By celticvikingwarrior on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    If he had been used like Lawrence Taylor he would have had over 200 sack’s.
    One of my 5 favorite VIKINGS of all time along with MARSHALL, PAGE, ELLER, and…..
    Don Shula, head of the competition comittee had the rules changed as a direct result of what MATT BLAIR had done to Miami, it just took until someone else did what BLAIR did.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    I heard and talked to Blair a few years ago. He looked like he could come back and play then. We could use another outside linebacker!

  4. By vikingbob136 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Every time i watched a game he blocked a kick or made a great play. Truly an outstanding player.Congratulations Matt

  5. By Day1VikesFan on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Matt was a rangy, fast, quick, tuff, heady, ball-hawking, hard-hitting tackler. I always was amazed at his smart heads-up play and always felt that his side of the field was in “good hands”. Grats Matt, youre the man!

  6. By dee jay born on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    congrats to Matt Blair on the ring of honor.Standout LB who stayed around the ball.We sure could use him now to block a punt or two..big ups to Matt once again..

  7. By Corey Fuller 27 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great guy and great player,congrats Matt. Talk to him every year up here at Artic Blast.

  8. By Bobby Gans on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    here’s my list of vikes that should also be in the ring of honor. Sammy White, Steve Jordan, Joey Browner , Bobby Bryant (way overdue), Anthony Carter, Robert Smith. Other maybes would be Fred Cox, Dave Osborn, Ed White, Henry Thomas, Ed McDaniel, John Gilliam. Sammy White and Bobby Bryant should definitely be in there by now. It’s a joke for them not to be.

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