5 oldest quarterbacks to ever start a game for the Minnesota Vikings

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Tony Adams (1987)


  • 37 years and 213 days

Stats in 1987:

  • 0-3 record
  • 55.1 percent completion rate
  • 607 passing yards
  • 3 touchdowns
  • 5 interceptions

With players around the NFL staging a strike in 1987, teams like the Vikings decided to add some replacements on their roster to continue playing games during the season.

Tony Adams was the quarterback who ended up starting under center for Minnesota during the league-wide player strike that lasted almost an entire month.

Adams hadn’t started in a professional football game since 1980 when he was a member of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. His time off from the sport certainly showed in his three starts for the Vikings as the team didn’t manage to win a single game.

During Adams’ final start in a Minnesota uniform, he threw for 195 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions. Needless to say, it wasn’t a difficult decision for the Vikings to choose to not bring him back after the 1987 season.