The Minnesota Vikings are perhaps the NFL's most successful team that has never won a Super Bowl. They were the first franchise to play in four Super Bowls—unfortunately for fans they lost them all. The Vikes are one of five teams that have won 15 games in the regular season (1998). Entering the 2013 campaign, the Vikings can claim the fifth highest winning percentage in the NFL. As of 2013, the Vikings have won the third most division titles (18) and have reached the playoffs the second most times since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 (24). They've also appeared in nine NFC Championship games.
Professional football in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area can be traced back to the 1920s. In 1959, the area was awarded an AFL franchise. However, in early 1960 the NFL persuaded the ownership group to join the NFL. The new Minneapolis football team entered the NFL in 1961. Due to an agreement with the NFL that dated back to the 1920's, Ole Haugsrud was awarded 10 percent ownership of the new Minnesota Vikings franchise. Haugsrud's high school in Wisconsin had a Viking for a mascot and their colors were purple and yellow. It's unknown if this is a coincidence or not.
Vikings tickets are sold for the TCF Bank Stadium. The venue is located in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings play in the NFC North along with their rivals the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers. Some of the Vikings enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Fran Tarkenton, Randall McDaniel, Gary Zimmerman, Alan Page, John Randle, and Ron Yary. Also in the hall is former Vikings coach, Bud Grant. Other notable Vikings include Cris Carter, Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson, and Randall Cunningham.