The Minnesota Vikings have a good chance at having another member of their historic franchise enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Former center Mick Tingelhoff was selected as a senior nominee to join the prestigious ranks of the other football legends in Canton, Ohio.
Here is the tweet from the official Pro Football Hall of Fame Twitter account:
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) August 20, 2014
Tingelhoff was the only player who was named as a senior nominee, so he won’t need to take part in the arduous task of narrowing down potential candidates. Since he can skip that portion, now he only needs to get an 80% approval vote from from the entire committee.
This doesn’t make Mick Tingelhoff a lock for the Hall of Fame though. There is a chance that he can fail to receive the number of votes needed to be enshrined, but considering the history of players that were senior nominees in the past you have to think that it is very unlikely that his nomination will be voted down.
He is well deserving of this honor. He played 17 years with the Minnesota Vikings where he started all 240 games that he played in. He also received a lot of honors during his time in the NFL including earning 6 Pro Bowl appearances, 5 All-Pro 1st Team nods, being enshrined in the Vikings Ring of Honor and having his jersey number retired by Minnesota.
Congratulations to Mick Tingelhoff on his nomination and hopefully his enshrinement. He is a Vikings legend that fully deserves this honor.