We all know some people who are difficult to shop for at Christmas, but if you are reading this, we can assume any gift with even a hint of Vikings purple will win your approval. With the holiday season in mind, we asked the following:
Fan Forum question: “What was the best Viking-related Christmas gift you ever received?”
“Probably a Vikings blanket I got a few years ago. It’s around me most games, especially late in the season.”
– Gary Urban, Winona, Minn.
“Even though I didn’t get it, it would have to be my wife’s Viking sweatshirt that she got from my son. It was from the heart.”
– Jeff Eul, Rosemount, Minn.
“An authentic NFL jersey signed by the best quarterback to ever play the game, Sir Francis Tarkenton. I’ve had that a long time. His records might have been broken but he was fantastic to watch play.”
– Jerry Flemming, Roseville, Minn.
“A signed football from Cris Carter. I probably got that about 10 years ago. I got it from my folks and I didn’t ask where they got it from, but it’s authentic. They got the card and I’m very happy with it.”
– Todd Harrington, Shoreview, Minn.
“Tickets to a game. It was years ago, but it was a fantastic game and memory.”
– Melissa Leitner, Chanhassen, Minn.
“Viking zubaz pants a couple of Christmases ago from my kids.”
– Brian Stangeland, St. Paul, Minn.
“It was probably tickets to a game when I lived in the Chicago area. I got tickets to a Bears versus Vikings game at Soldier Field. I don’t remember what year it was, but it was probably close to 25 years ago. Unfortunately, the right team didn’t win.”
– Jeff Pascal, Eau Claire, Wis.
“Vikings attire of some sort. Some sort of clothing obviously. Whatever I get, I love.”
– Danny Trelow, Duluth, Minn.
“Back about a dozen years ago, I got a Viking helmet signed by John Randle. I loved watching him play. His heart, his drive and just the way he played with so much love for the game. He was the best.”
– Kevin McCauley, Winnipeg, Manitoba
“An authentic Randy Moss away jersey. I got that probably about the 2000 season from my wife. I actually just wore it a couple of games ago.”
– Tim Fausnaugh, Mason City, Iowa
“Probably my Vikings season tickets. My mother gave me money years ago as a Christmas present and I used that money to buy my first season tickets. I’m thinking it was 1998 or ’99.”
– Molly Hintz, Mazeppa, Minn.
“I’d have to say my foamy Viking helmet with the horns. I got it from my brother-in-law about 10 years ago.”
– Tim Arens, Hutchinson, Minn.
“I would have to say it was a game jersey for my favorite player of all time, Joey Browner. I got that back in the mid-80s. And yes, I still have it, but it doesn’t fit anymore.”
– Rick Klimek, Superior, Wis.
“Probably some type of clothing I get every year from my in-laws. They give me something because they know I’m a season ticket holder. If they get me that, they can’t go wrong.”
– David Grabowski, Anoka, Minn.
“I got a Vikings blanket about two years ago. I still have it and I’ve used it in a couple of cold games the past two years – the Giants and Seattle in particular last season.”
– Troy Gordon, St. Paul, Minn.
“My best Viking present occurred last year when my wife and my son gave me a brick with my name on it in the concourse in the new U.S. Bank Stadium.”
– Jeff Holden, Eau Claire, Wis.
“I’d have to say a little flashy, blinky thing that hangs in the back window of my truck so that whenever I put the brake lights on, the little Vikings logo lights up in the back of my window. I got it two years ago. My mom loves me. She takes care of me.”
– Tony Korthaus, Eden Prairie, Minn.
“Probably my phenomenal knitted sweater from my grandma (he was wearing it). She put a lot of love in to it. I got it about four years ago. I pose for a lot of pictures with it.”
– Danny Grimes, Dumont, Minn.
“I’m wearing them right now – the Vikings zubaz I’ve had for three seasons. They are with me every game.”
– Rob Barsness, Bemidji, Minn.
“I got a Daunte Culpepper jersey. It was an authentic jersey and I still have it, but I haven’t worn it since he left. It’s hanging in my closet, although it doesn’t quite fit the same anymore.”
– Michael Larson, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
“It was to myself at the Seattle game last year but I won an autographed Adrian Peterson jersey. It was kind of a Christmas present to me.”
– Michael Henthorne, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
“A Chuck Foreman jersey when I was eight from Santa Claus. Unfortunately, I don’t have it any more.”
– Nick Blomquist, St. Cloud, Minn.
“My Ahmad Rashad jersey that I got when I was a kid. I wish I would have hung on to it and I didn’t because I would have given it to my son, but he doesn’t know who Ahmad Rashad is.”
– Rob Zweber, Eden Prairie, Minn.
“Having grown up a lifelong Viking fan going back to the first season in 1961, I remember all those Super Bowl teams. The reason I became such a Viking fan is because of the Purple People Eaters. Years ago, I received a framed, signed color photo of all four of them – Alan Page, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, and Gary Larsen – in their game uniforms. I look at that picture next to my TV every time I watch the Vikings.”
– Alan Byrne, Omaha, Neb.
“My Viking leather jacket that I got from my mother about 15 years ago. She died at 102 and I still wear it proudly.”
– Charlie Robinson, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.