While football players are the stars on the field, off the field there exists tailgating legends — super fans known for their dedication and passion for football and tailgating. Going above and beyond merely showing up at games, these diehard football enthusiasts go the extra mile to show their love for the Vikings.
So who are the top Vikings tailgating legends? When posed the question, Marcus “Mookie” Anderson chose five notable tailgaters. Read on to learn more about these diehard Vikings fans and what makes each so legendary.
Doug Lee and Terry Moravec
If you’re a regular tailgater at home Vikings games, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the epic Battlewagon, a delivery truck turned into the ultimate Vikings mobile. These dedicated Vikings fans take fandom to a whole new level with their Vikings mobile, complete with a rad purple paint job and mounted Vikings horns. These regulars are hospitable to fellow tailgaters, often letting others tour or warm up within the comforts of the Battlewagon. They even have a TV with satellite for those tailgaters who decide to hang out and watch the game from the lot.
Justin Flynn “Flynsasser”
You would be hard pressed to meet anyone else who shares Justin’s level of enthusiasm for his favorite player, Jim Kleinsasser. A regular at autograph signings, Justin has quite the collection of Vikings memorabilia. Known to arrive early and stay late, Justin is a true diehard Vikings fan whose passion for the team developed early and never faded.
Not all diehard Vikings fans live in Minnesota. Mike Perkins, also known as the “Kansas Vike,” used to drive up for every Vikings home game all the way from Salinas, Kansas, a whopping 600-mile drive one way. Now that’s dedication! On top of a 10-hour drive one way to see the Vikings play, Mike would also roll up with breakfast burritos to share.
Known locally as “Kotsy,” this Vikings aficionado is a prominent member of Thee Viking World Order, which is a very large and growing Vikings clan. Matt is know by fellow tailgaters as a good-natured Vikings fan, someone Marcus “Mookie” Anderson believes would make an excellent tailgate ambassador of goodwill (should such a position exist). Check out Thee Viking World Order on Facebook.
Richard Steinarr Schmidthuber
Richard is not your average Vikings fan. A world-class Vikings philosopher, Richard was featured in the documentary “Skol.” Marcus “Mookie” Anderson relays that Richard is a “philosopher with a great yarn to spin on all things, from life and liberty to politics and sports.” On top of that, he also makes the best handcrafted Vikings hats Marcus has ever seen. If you’re looking for an authentic, handmade leather horn hat, Richard is your guy.
Marcus “Mookie” Anderson would also like to give a shout out to these passionate Vikings fans who make up his closest tailgate crew: Brent (aka Rocky, Marcus’ brother), Erik “Big E” Helgerson, Dan “Notre Dame” Jasperson, Keith “O.J.” Braun and Eric “Little Buddy” Hayes.
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A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.