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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) – Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Matt Blair will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor.
Blair was an Iowa State grad who was a second round draft pick in 1974. He started in 130 games for the Vikings, and holds the team record for blocked kicks (20), and the linebacker record for sacks and interceptions. Blair also still ranks second in team history with 1,452 career tackles.
He was part of Vikings playoff teams in six of his opening seven seasons with the team, and played on the Vikings Super Bowl IX and XI teams.
“I’ve been to two Super Bowls, the Vikings have been to four. I’m a fan because I want to cheer these guys on so we can win a Super Bowl. With the chances we’ve had and after you play the game and you lose, you want to win. I’m cheering these guys on and trying to help them out as much as I can,” said Blair at Monday’s inductee ceremony.
Among Vikings defense players, only Alan Page had more Pro Bowl honors than Blair, with nine.
Blair will be inducted during halftime at the Vikings-Buccaneers game on Thursday, October 25 at Mall of America Field.