Thursday, January 29, 2015


Linebacker Rip Hawkins was the second draft pick in Vikings history.  The expansion team selected him with the first pick of the second round in the 1961 draft.  He's sandwiched between the recently-passed Tommy Mason and the great Fran Tarkenton on the Vikings' 1961 draft ledger.  Hawkins played five NFL seasons, all in Minnesota, and was one of the Vikings first defensive stars.  He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1963.

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