The Minnesota Vikings logo history is one of the few teams whose primary logo differs from their actual helmet logo, unlike most NFL teams. Thus far, we’ve covered the Saints – whose fleur-de-lis differs from the one on the helmet, and the Bengals, who opt for tiger stripes rather than their ‘B’ logo (thank goodness).
So, the Vikings are our third team unless I’m missing someone, and as we get deeper into the historic teams you’ll see this occur often prior to 1960 – and this is because teams were just then putting logos on their helmets or had yet to do so.
Related Article: Minnesota Vikings Helmet History
While most of the NFL’s helmet logo matches their primary, it’s ironic to note the first team to place a logo on their helmet (the 1948 Los Angeles Rams) have not placed their primary logo onto their helmets. It remains to be seen if the new ram horns make their way onto the helmet and if it does, prepare for an LA-sized riot.
Alright, enough chatter. Let’s get study the Vikings’ logo.
Oh, before we begin I have to share a fun-fact: I’m always excited sharing anything and everything Minnesota Vikings-related and if you look into my previous articles, I believe I stated I had zero Scandinavian blood. However, upon a My Heritage DNA test, I’m actually at least a quarter Scandinavian, so it makes studying the Vikings all the more worthwhile.
Okay, now we can begin.
So, the Vikings have had three of these since their founding in 1961. The first logo (gallery at the bottom) depicts a blonde Norseman wearing Viking horns. His hair is blonde and the Viking helmet and horns are gold. His mustache is white, and he’s facing left, instead of the right.
In 1966, this logo was changed to show the Viking facing the right-hand side. His hair remained blonde and his helmet gold, but the Viking horns were now white. A purple band wrapped around his helmet as well.
In 2013 this logo was updated for the Viking horns to match the design shown on the helmet. More detail was added to the hair and face, with his skin colored a shade darker.
Alternate Logos and Anniversary Logos
The team has had two of these, with the first being a stylized ‘V’ that first appeared in 1998. The ‘V’ was written in purple and contained gold outlines. A second logo introduced in 2004 added an ‘M’ to the ‘V’ to create ‘MV,’ for Minnesota Vikings.
The team has seen numerous anniversary logos, including one celebrating the team’s 25th anniversary in 1985, 35th in 1995, 40th in 2000, 45th in 2005, and a 50th in 2010. They also had a 20th-anniversary logo to commemorate their 1969 NFL Championship.
The Vikings have had one of the most consistent logos in the NFL – who cares if it doesn’t grace the helmet – though the Viking horn on the Norseman’s helmet is the real logo – this is one logo that’s going to be hard to replace and let’s hope the team never decides to it except as they did in 2012, provide modern upgrades.
Related Article: Minnesota Vikings Uniform History
I’d place this logo toward the top of my future logo rankings which will be coming along with uniform rankings once each is confirmed for the season – these are annual rankings as well so they’re updated yearly.
So, definitely stay tuned, as there will be much more to come regarding not just the Minnesota Vikings but all thirty-two NFL teams as they continually seek to make upgrades to their logos and uniforms.
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If there’s anything you’d like me to add regarding the history of the Vikings or any of the 32 NFL teams, let me know in the comments sections. If I made an error anywhere on the site, I’d like to know as well so please, comment as needed.