Talk of Fame Network
Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff was selected Wednesday as the lone senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.
Tingelhoff started 240 consecutive games for the Vikings — every game of his career. He walked in as a starter as an undrafted college free agent in 1962 and remained in the lineup until his retirement after the 1978 season.
Only 10 position players in NFL history played more games than Tingelhoff and only three position players started more consecutive games. Along the way he went to six Pro Bowls and started in four Super Bowls.
Tingelhoff has been eligible for 31 years and this will mark his first time as a finalist. This also marks the first time in the 43-year history of the senior committee that a Viking has been selected.
Asked if he thought history may have forgotten him, Tingelhoff said, “I’ve been retired for a long time. I thought (maybe) so… This is a great honor.”
Tingelhoff survived a field of 17 candidates and six ballots for the nomination. Talk of Fame Network hosts Ron Borges and Rick Gosselin both serve on the senior committee.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings