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January 28, 1960 the state of Minnesota was granted an National Football League franchise and began playing in the fall of 1961. The Minnesota Vikings first General Manager Bert Rose had suggested the team name the “Vikings” because of the Nordic tradition in the Northern Midwest. The Minnesota Vikings team colors are Purple, Gold, and White. Hall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin became the teams first head coach in franchise history. In 1966 The Minnesota Vikings,The Green Bay Packers, The Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Bears make up the central division of the Western Conference of the National Football League. In 1967 Coach Van Brocklin resigns from the head Coach position after coaching for six years with a twenty nine and fifty one record. Later that year The Vikings hire head Coach Bud Grant who, takes the Vikings to their first franchise playoff game. In 2002 The Minnesota Vikings joins The Green Bay Packers, The Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Bears as the newly formed NFC North of Western Conference of the National Football League. Today, The Minnesota Vikings is coached by Mike Zimmer who has compiled a thirty nine and twenty five record in just over four years. In Mike Zimmer’s time as head coach he has led the Vikings to two division titles and has had a top ten defense the past three seasons. The Vikings are run by General Manager Rick Spielman who has been the General Manager since 2012 and has worked with the Vikings Organization since 2006.