Mick Tingelhoff

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Mick Tingelhoff

17 seasons
240 career games played
7 All-NFL
6 Pro Bowls
2 All-Pro
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17

seasons

240

career games played

7

All-NFL

6

Pro Bowls

2

All-Pro
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"We don’t get very high or very low from week to week. We try to stay even keel. When we get behind, we don’t get very excited. We go to work and do the job.”

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(Nebraska)...6'2'', 237...Henry Michael Tingelhoff … Signed as free agent by Vikings, 1962 … Moved from linebacker to starting center in rookie camp … Never missed a game during entire career … Started all 240 games over 17-season career … Opened holes for four different Vikings Pro Bowl running backs … Key component of Vikings teams that claimed 10 division titles … Starter in four Super Bowls … Named All-Pro/NFL seven straight seasons, 1964-1970 … Voted to six consecutive Pro Bowls … Born May 22, 1940 in Lexington, Nebraska.

BIO

Mick Tingelhoff Minnesota Vikings

"We don’t get very high or very low from week to week. We try to stay even keel. When we get behind, we don’t get very excited. We go to work and do the job.”

Mick Tingelhoff was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent out of the University of Nebraska in 1962. Tingelhoff earned a starting nod at center as a rookie and never relinquished the role for the remainder of his stellar 17-season career.

At 6’2”, 237 pounds, he was known for his durability, toughness, and perseverance. He never missed a game and started all 240 regular season games of his career that ended with his retirement after the 1978 season. He also played in 19 playoff games during his NFL career.

Tingelhoff anchored an offensive line that helped the Vikings claim 10 divisional titles in an 11- season span from 1968 to 1978. Minnesota recorded 10 or more wins during the time of 14-game seasons seven times in an eight-year span.

A team leader, he was adept on pass protection for his scrambling quarterback Fran Tarkenton who became the NFL’s all-time leading passer. During two different stints in Minnesota, the Hall of Fame quarterback eclipsed the 2,500-yard passing mark nine times. Tarkenton became the Vikings’ first 3,000-yard passer when he aired it out for a franchise record 3,468 yards in Tingelhoff’s final season. A great run blocker, Tingelhoff also paved the way for Chuck Foreman who strung together three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1975-77).

Tingelhoff guided the Vikings to victories in four of the five NFL/NFC championships in which the team played and helped the club reach four Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX, and XI).

As a center, he had to take on opponents’ middle linebackers and he played in an era and a division that included three notable Hall of Famers in Joe Schmidt of the Detroit Lions, Ray Nitschke of the Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Bears’ Dick Butkus.

Tingelhoff received national accolades by his third season in 1964 that marked the first of seven consecutive seasons in which he was named first-team All-NFL. In 1969, he was named to the 1,000-yard Club as the NFL’s top blocker. He was also elected to the Pro Bowl six straight times from 1965 to 1970. Tingelhoff was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2001.

STATS

Mick Tingelhoff's Stats

Year Team G
1962 Minnesota 14
1963 Minnesota 14
1964 Minnesota 14
1965 Minnesota 14
1966 Minnesota 14
1967 Minnesota 14
1968 Minnesota 14
1969 Minnesota 14
1970 Minnesota 14
1971 Minnesota 14
1972 Minnesota 14
1973 Minnesota 14
1974 Minnesota 14
1975 Minnesota 14
1976 Minnesota 14
1977 Minnesota 14
1978 Minnesota 16
Career Total 240



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Mick Tingelhoff's Championship Games

Championship Games


  • 1969 NFLMinnesota Vikings 27, Cleveland Browns 7
    Tingelhoff started the game at center.

    1973 NFCMinnesota Vikings 27, Dallas Cowboys 10
    Tingelhoff started the game at center. He had one fumble recovery

    1974 NFC Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10
    Tingelhoff started the game at center.

    1976 NFCMinnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
    Tingelhoff started the game at center.

    1977 NFCDallas Cowboys 23, Minnesota Vikings 6
    Tingelhoff started the game at center.
     

Super Bowls

Super Bowl IV – Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7
Tingelhoff started the game at center.

Super Bowl VIII – Miami Dolphins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7
Tingelhoff started the game at center.

Super Bowl IX – Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
Tingelhoff started the game at center.

Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14
Tingelhoff started the game at center.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Mick Tingelhoff's Career Highlights

 

 

All-Pro: 1968 (PFWA) • 1969 (HOF, PFWA, NEA)

All-NFL:  1964 (AP, UPI) • 1965 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY) • 1966 (AP, UPI, NEA, PFWA, NY) • 1967 (UPI, NEA, NY) • 1968 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY, PW) • 1969 (AP, UPI, NEA, PW, NY) • 1970 (PFWA, PW)

All-NFL Second Team: 1964 (NEA) • 1967 (AP) • 1970 (NEA)

All-Western Conference: 1964 (AP) • 1965 (SN) • 1966 (SN) • 1967 (SN) • 1968 (SN) • 1969 (SN)

All-NFC: 1970 (AP, PW)

All-NFC Second Team: 1970 (UPI)

 

 

 

 

(6) – 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970

 

 

(at time of his retirement following 1978 season)

•  [2nd] Most Consecutive Games Played – 240

 

 

Vikings records held by Tingelhoff
(Records through the 1978 season, Tingelhoff’s final season with Minnesota)

• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games Played – 240


Postseason Records
• [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Playoff Games Started, Career – 19
• [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Playoff Games Played, Career – 19
• [Tied for 1st] Most Playoff Games Played, Career – 19
• [Tied for 1st] Most Playoff Seasons, Career – 10
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Super Bowls Played, Career – 4

 

 

 

 

• 1969 National 1,000 Yard Club Award (NFL’s Outstanding Blocker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1962 Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 (6th)
1963 Minnesota Vikings 5 8 1 (5th)
1964 Minnesota Vikings 8 5 1 (3rd)
1965 Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 (5th)
1966 Minnesota Vikings 4 9 1 (7th)
1967 Minnesota Vikings 3 8 3 (4th)
1968 Minnesota Vikings 8 6 0 (1st)
1969 Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 (1st)
1970 Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 (1st)
1971 Minnesota Vikings 11 3 0 (1st)
1972 Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 (3rd)
1973 Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 (1st)
1974 Minnesota Vikings 10 4 0 (1st)
1975 Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 (1st)
1976 Minnesota Vikings 11 2 1 (1st)
1977 Minnesota Vikings 9 5 0 (1st)
1978 Minnesota Vikings 8 7 1 (1st)

CAREER CAPSULE

Mick Tingelhoff's Career Capsule

Full Name: Henry Michael Tingelhoff

Birthdate: May 22, 1940

Birthplace: Lexington, Nebraska

High School: Lexington High School (NE)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 31, 2015

Other Members of the Class of 2015: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Ron Wolf

Pro Career: 17 seasons, 240 games

Transactions:  Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, 1962

Uniform Number: 53



ENSHRINEMENT SPEECH

Mick Tingelhoff Enshrinement speech


Fran Tarkenton on behalf of Mick Tingelhoff:

Mick's a man of little words, but a lot of action.  He's so proud to be in this Class of 2015.  He waited 37 years to get to the Hall of Fame.  He just wanted me to tell all of his teammates who are here and thank them for being here, our great coach and fellow Hall of Famer, Bud Grant, all of the Viking fans who have come from all over the country, and all the rest of you fans, and even you Steeler fans who beat us in that Super Bowl.  Thank you.