The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, but those who have been members of the Vikings family have to be happy for the former Vikings that went elsewhere and made good.
In December, Matt Birk and his Super Bowl ring were on display in the Vikings press box during a game. For a player who had given the best years of his NFL life to the Vikings, it was moving on to Baltimore that cemented his legacy and significantly bolstered his Hall of Fame credentials. Bryant McKinnie acquired some sweet bling to show off at South Beach as well. While neither was in the Vikings' plans, they landed on their feet and acquired a ring to prove it.
Seattle's win Sunday was steeped in a Vikings presence. Head coach Pete Carroll got his coaching feathers molted alongside Bud Grant.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was in the same position with the Vikings when they came as close as they have this century to getting that elusive ring.
Percy Harvin showed a worldwide audience what Vikings fans knew from the time they first saw him in Mankato. Put the ball in that man's hands by any means necessary and watch what happens.
Steven Haushka never shows up as a Viking in their historical depth chart, but he was the challenger du jour for two years against Ryan Longwell. Not only did Hauschka do his job in the Super Bowl, fantasy football geeks are aware that he scored 11 points in each of his three postseason games.
Heath Farwell had coverage limitations as a linebacker, but he was a special teams ace that Carroll targeted when his compensation became too high for for the Vikings. Funny, when Joe Namath's furry creature coat was on display, so was Farwell. He received an apology from Namath when the old QB "went Suzy Kolber" in his aggressiveness to flip a coin. Farwell accepted Namath's apology on the 50-yard line of the Super Bowl. It's the non-family No. 1 moment of his life.
Sidney Rice's ring may have paid for itself by giving a significant vouch for Harvin. When you're talking trading draft picks on the word of a guy who knew him from the Favre days, one has to think billionaires sat down with Rice after Bevell's endorsement and needed a second to the motion. Seeing as he has been overpaid per reception, it was a risk. But it paid off. Rice has a ring.
But perhaps the most unexpected of the former Vikings to get their fingers sized Sunday was Tarvaris Jackson. His arrival in Minnesota was the making of a TV movie. Prior to the draft, scouts believing they had the Holy Grail in sight that registered in fleabag hotels under assumed names to keep the Vikings interest on the low-low. Anointed by former head coach Brad Childress as "the next Donovan McNabb," Vikings observers would have said, "that's about right" given their comparable achievements purple and gold.
When the Vikings gave Christian Ponder T-Jack's number, the handwriting was done in spray paint on the wall. He gone. He became the starter for Carroll until Russell Wilson came along. When the Seahawks swung and missed at throwing millions of dollars into the Matt Flynn party fund, T-Jack had to go. Again. He went to Buffalo. Wash, rinse, repeat. He was back on the street and the Flynn-less Seahawks brought him back.
In what may well be his only Super Bowl pass, Jackson launched a throw-away that was caught by sideline personnel. Still, Jackson has a ring.
This morning, legal weed shops in both Washington and Colorado will see brisk business. For much different reasons. Their customers are out. For much different reasons. In Washington, it's because the 12th man is 12-stepping his way to an offseason that will be epic.
In some small way, the Vikings have a hand in Seattle's celebration. Fingers are getting sized. Several of them had those fingers at Winter Park hoping to get sized.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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