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These 12 players and coaches in the Super Bowl have Minnesota ties

These 12 players and coaches in the Super Bowl have Minnesota ties

by Derek Wetmore
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If you've waded this far into Super Bowl Week unsure of your rooting interest, allow us to offer a suggestion: root for your favorite story.

Pulling for a good story is a good way to heighten interest in a game if you don't have a horse in the race, so to speak.

If you're tethered to the Vikings, find the story lines of players or coaches with Vikings ties and root for that.

Thanks to readers for pointing out two names I had missed, Derrick Coleman and Chris Clark.

Denver players

Eric Decker. The receiver doesn't have any Vikings ties, but he grew up in Cold Spring, Minn., and played football and baseball for the Gophers. He was drafted in the third round in 2010.

Chris Clark. He spent two years with the Vikings but did not see any regular season game action. He was cut in 2010.

Tony Carter. He was signed in August 2011 but did not make the team.

Denver coaches

Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator. He played for the Vikings from 1992-95

Seattle players

Percy Harvin. Played 54 games for the Vikings as an electric return man and receiver from 2009-2012 before the Vikings traded him to the Seahawks.

Sidney Rice. Spent four seasons (48 games) with the Vikings before joining Seattle in 2011. Rice, who had a great season with Brett Favre in 2009, currently is on injured reserve.

Tarvaris Jackson. The former Vikings quarterback started or backed up between 2006 and 2010 before joining the Seahawks in 2011. He was with the Bills in 2012 before returning to Seattle as a backup this season.

Heath Farwell. Played 71 games for the Vikings, primarily on special teams, from 2005-2010 before joining the Seahawks.

Derrick Coleman. The Vikings signed Coleman as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2012. They waived him in August.

Steven Hauschka. The undrafted kicker was cut in 2008 before playing a game in Minnesota.

Seattle coaches

Pete Carroll, head coach. He was the defensive backs coach with the Vikings from 1985-89. He was a candidate for the Stanford head coaching position in 1989, which went Denny Green. He was again passed up for Green, in 1992 when the Vikings had a head coach vacancy.

Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator. He was offensive coordinator of the Vikings from 2006-10 under Brad Childress.

If you root for former Vikings to succeed, you may be pulling for the Seahawks. If you want to smite them for leaving, root Denver.

Or, do what I do: root for the commercials to be funny.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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