The Minnesota Vikings will honor safety Joey Browner during halftime of the game on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. Browner will become the 21st member of the prestigious Ring of Honor. The Vikings Ring of Honor celebrates former Minnesota players for their on and off the field contributions to the team and society. In their honor, a banner is added to the upper deck of Mall of America Field, as a way to remember their contributions and show that the team is indeed proud of their efforts.
The members of the Vikings Ring of Honor include Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, and will add Joey Browner on Sunday.
Browner was known for his intense defense and aggressive demeanor. Here is a quick list of some of his accomplishement over the course of his career from 1983 to 1991:
- 1098 total tackles (defense and special teams)
- 18 forced fumbles
- 9.5 sacks
- 37 interceptions
Here is what Vikings legend and current Ring of Honor member Scott Studwell had to say about his former teammate:
“Joey was one of those players that could transcend any generation of player,” Studwell said. “He could’ve played today. When he played, he was one of the best at his position. It’s hard to find players like Joey in today’s game with the college game and the change of rules. Joey was big, he was fast, he was strong, he was athletic. He had all the tools necessary to be a great player, and he was a great player. I was honored and privileged to play with him. He had a great career with us, and he made us better both personally and professionally.”
Browner made six consecutive Pro Bowls as a player and was a three time All-Pro. He was the only Vikings safety to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft until the Vikings selected Harrison Smith with with the 29th pick in the 2012 draft.