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The Minnesota Vikings will begin their season on September 11 against the New Orleans Saints, which is 47 days away.
The most notable player to wear #47 for the Vikings was safety Joey Browner.
He was drafted 19th overall in 1985 by the Vikings out of USC. He played there until 1991, before spending his final NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992.
Browner was a six-time Pro Bowler (1985-1990) and a three-time All-Pro selection (1987, 1988 and 1990). He was also named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. He named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings in 2010 and was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2013.
“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Browner said. “(The Ring of Honor is) a humbling position to be in because of the history and the legacy that is here. To be enshrined with the legends of Minnesota and with the history of Minnesota, I’m just very honored.” (twincities.com)
Browner was known for his aggressive play. His 1,098 total tackles (987 defensive and 111 special teams) are fifth all-time in Vikings history. He had more tackles than any defensive back in Vikings history, along with sacks (9.5) and forced fumbles (18).
His signature tackle was the horse-collar tackle, which is no longer allowed in today’s league.
“You could play football back then,” Browner said. “Now there’s a rule for everything. You can’t use your hands, you can’t do this. The horse-collar was my signature tackle, so I’d get fined for every time I’d do it. But I’d still do it because I have to put my hands on somebody.” (foxsports.com)
Harrison Smith is the only other safety drafted by the Vikings in the first round. Like Browner, Smith could very well be in the Vikings Ring of Honor someday.
Jerry Burns on Joey Browner: "The best safety I have seen in my over 20 years of coaching." pic.twitter.com/NvrSMu6GBG
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 27, 2013