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Updated: October 27th, 2013 8:58pm
Former Vikings great Joey Browner added to the Vikings Ring of Honor

Former Vikings great Joey Browner added to the Vikings Ring of Honor

by Derek Wetmore and Judd Zulgad
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MINNEAPOLIS - Joey Browner, the former Vikings hard-hitting Pro Bowl safety, was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor at half time during Sunday's game against the Packers.

Browner, the 21st member of the Ring of Honor, played for the Vikings from 1983 until 1991.

"It's very humbling to be able to be put in the Ring of Honor because of the history and the legacy that it represents. For me, to let my statistical play gets me put up in the Ring as part of the history and legacy of the Vikings organization is truly awesome and very humbling."

Browner finished with 1,098 career combined defensive and special teams stops (987 defensive, 111 special teams) and his 9.5 career sacks are the most by a Vikings defensive back.

Browner's 18 career forced fumbles lead all Vikings defensive backs and his total tackles are fifth by a Viking all-time and No. 1 among defensive backs. He played in 138 games as a Viking, the second-most by a defensive back and his 37 career interceptions are fourth in team history. 

"My goal was to make the NFL and to make my mother happy and I did both of those," Browner joked Sunday. A reporter asked him in which stat he took the most pride during his playing days. "Pain," he deadpanned, adding that the legal intimidation was one thing he cherished.

Browner, who was drafted with the 19th pick by the Vikings in 1983 out of USC, went to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1985 to '90. That is tied with Paul Krause for the most Pro Bowl selections by a Vikings defensive back.

A three-time Associated Press All-Pro honoree, Browner was named to the NFL's Team of the Decade for the 1980s. Browner also is a member of the 50 greatest Vikings team.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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