Jack Del Rio – LB (1992-1995)
A University of South California alumnus, Jack Del Rio spent time with New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Dallas Cowboys before becoming a Viking in 1992. Minnesota would be Del Rio’s final destination as a player amidst an 11-year career.
Del Rio was another player that got in on the ground floor of the Dennis Green era. What the Vikings got in return was tackling madman. Del Rio registered 504 total tackles from 1992 to 1995; the next closest Viking in these four years was Ed McDaniel with 266 tackles. Overall, Del Rio’s 504 tackles were eighth-best in the league during his four-year stretch with the team.
He also was granted Pro Bowl honors in 1994 when he accrued 129 tackles and three interceptions. As a player, Del Rio was apart of a 1-4 win-loss record in the playoffs, and three of losses occurred with the Vikings.
Del Rio would later become a head coach in the NFL. He became the skipper of the Jacksonville Jaguars 12 years after retiring with the Vikings. He won his first playoff game as a coach on January 5th, 2008, when the Jaguars topped the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-29.