All the Former Vikings in the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LVII kicks off Sunday evening between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles in Glendale, Arizona. The Eagles are favored by 1.5.

If one Minnesota Vikings “curse” lives on, the Eagles will win the chip. In the last five seasons, every team that won the Super Bowl beat the Vikings along the way. And you probably remember the Vikings Week 2 showdown in Philadelphia.

All the Former Vikings in the Super Bowl

Curses asides, these are the players and coaches formerly affiliated with the Vikings participating in the biggest game of them all.

1. Blake Bell, TE (KC)

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Jan 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Blake Bell (81) leaves the field after warm ups prior to an AFC divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports.

Time with Vikings: 2017

Bell played for the Vikings during the memorable 2017 campaign. He arrived in Minnesota after two seasons in San Francisco and tallied 3 catches as a Viking for 19 yards.

Now, he’s the Chiefs TE3 behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray.

2. Eric Bieniemy, OC (KC)

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Oct 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leaves the field against the Buffalo Bills prior to the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports.

Time with Vikings: 2006-2010

The man who helped fine-tune Adrian Peterson into a future Hall of Famer, Bieniemy has been Andy Reid’s trusty confidant as offensive coordinator for five years.

He got his NFL coaching start in Minnesota, though.

3. Christian Elliss, LB (PHI)

Tennessee Titans wide receiver C.J. Board (80) is stopped by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Christian Elliss (53) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pa.. © George Walker IV / / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Time with Vikings: A smidgen in 2021

The Vikings found Elliss in undrafted free agency two years ago and kept him around for a few months. He’s now an Eagles special teamer.

4. Marcus Epps, S (PHI)

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Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Johnny Mundt (86) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) and safety Marcus Epps. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

Time with Vikings: about 7 Months in 2019

Epps played eight games for the Vikings in 2019 — the last time Minnesota won a playoff game — and skedaddled to Philadelphia midseason.

He’s a full-time starting safety for the Eagles. To a degree, he’s “one that got away.”

5. Jonathan Gannon, DC (PHI)

May 6, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nakobe Deean (R) talks with defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon (L) during Rookie Minicamp at NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

Time with Vikings: 2014-2017

This man was the Vikings defensive backs coach at the start of the Mike Zimmer era, credited with developing defenders Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith, Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, and Anthony Harris.

In 2022, Gannon’s defense ranks sixth in the NFL via defensive DVOA.

6. Linval Joseph, NT (PHI)

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Sep 15, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports.

Time with Vikings: 2014-2019

Remember when the Vikings perished? It was 2020, right after Linval Joseph and his buddies departed via free agency. The Vikings defense hasn’t recovered after Joseph, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Everson Griffen, etc., left.

Joseph signed with the Eagles midseason in 2022 when injuries arose and now splits time with rookie Jordan Davis. The Big Goon might win his second Super Bowl ring (Giants, 2011).

7. Greg Lewis, RBs Coach (KC)

Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers coach Greg Lewis in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Time with Vikings: 2009-2010

This is all you need to remember about Greg Lewis.

8. Jerick McKinnon, RB (KC)

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Jan 1, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) celebrates with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after McKinnon s touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports.

Time with Vikings: 2014-2017

Minnesota employed McKinnon in various RB2 capacities from 2014 to 2017, a slasher-back of sorts who experienced playing time when injuries to Adrian Peterson and Dalvin Cook arose. And at the time, it seemed McKinnon had the talent to serve as a full-time RB1, mainly because of his speed.

In the Chiefs last five regular season games of 2022, McKinnon chipped off 7 receiving touchdowns — yes, you read that right; a running back with 7 receiving touchdowns in 5 games — and became the go-to commodity for Andy Reid and Co.

9-10: Practice Squad Dudes

Ihmir Smith-Marsette
Dec 12, 2020; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa senior receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette performs a flip after pulling down a touchdown reception in the third quarter against Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Mandatory Credit: Byron Houlgrave-USA TODAY NETWORK

These players are practice squad contributors in action on Sunday and may or may not play. But they’d get a ring, nevertheless, if their team hoists a Lombardi:

  • Anthony Harris (S, Eagles)
  • Ihmir Smith-Marsette (WR, Chiefs)

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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