Saturday, January 17, 2015

Minnesota Sports Holiday Show Part 9: Carl Eller Autographed Mini Helmet

Closing out my Minnesota Vikings autographs from the MN Sports Holiday Show is Hall-of-Famer Carl Eller, one of the Vikings' famed "Purple People Eaters," who signed this mini helmet for me. 

Eller was the sixth overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft when the Vikings picked him from the nearby University of Minnesota. He was selected to play in six Pro Bowls, and is the franchise leader in sacks, with 130.5, and had personal career high sack totals with 15 in both 1969 and 1977, with another 7 seasons totaling 10 or more. He was awarded the George S. Halas Trophy in 1971 as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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