The Vikings were an expansion team in 1961, making them the NFL's 14th franchise at the time. This was one year after the formation of the AFL, which started 8 teams that would eventually become part of the NFL. All 13 of the NFL teams at the time except for the Cowboys, Steelers, and 49ers had won an NFL championship at the time. However, these three teams would capture their first championships in Super Bowls VI, IX, and XVI, respectively. On top of that, every one of the original AFL teams has won a Super Bowl except for the Chargers and Bills, who would win their first and only title(s) in the pre-merger AFL Championship Games. This makes the Vikings the oldest NFL team that has not won an ultimate title. In addition, they are older than the equivalent teams in the other 3 major sports.
MLB: Washinton Senators/Texas Rangers, 1961
NHL: St. Louis Blues, 1967
NBA: Buffalo Braves/Los Angeles Clippers, 1970
One caveat to this is that the Vikings did beat the Browns in the 1969 NFL Championship, but would go one to lose to the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV that same year, meaning that they did not win the highest possible title in their sport. The other stipulation is that while the Senators/Rangers did play their first game 5 months before the Vikings did, the Vikings franchise was created in January of 1960 whereas the Senators were not formed until October of the same year.
Interestingly, the team that held this last before the Vikings was the New England Patriots, as they were the last AFL team that had not won a league championship until their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots have, of course, now won 5 championships since then.
Submitted July 01, 2017 at 07:50AM by Scorigami
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