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Goodbye to Wally Hilgenberg

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by slappy4428, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I hated the Vikings growing up because the pwned the Lions...
    But this guy was great and a horrible way to go....


    Ex-Vikings linebacker Hilgenberg dies at 66

    Star Tribune

    Wally Hilgenberg

    By Staff report, Star Tribune

    Last update: September 23, 2008 - 5:21 PM

    Former Vikings linebacker Wally Hilgenberg died this morning after a battle with ALS.

    Hilgenberg turned 66 last Friday.

    Hilgenberg, who played college football at Iowa, was a member of the Vikings from 1968 to 1979. He started his career with the Lions in 1964 and missed the '67 season because of injury. He was traded to Pittsburgh in 1968 before being claimed off waivers by the Vikings at the start of the season.

    "Wally had a tremendously strong Christian strength and that really carried him toward the end," said Bob Lurtsema, Hilgenberg's former teammate with the Vikings. "At the end he was at peace with himself. When he was young and healthy he was one of the biggest pranksters I've ever met."
  2. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Fucking depressing.

    Seems like yesterday I watched Hilgenberg and the Vikings frustrating the Rams year after year.

  3. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    A class act in the days of Neanderthal football. Picked up on waivers by the Vikes, then played 12 years starting each of their four Super Bowls. He put the black and blue in the old Black and Blue Divisions.


  4. bigbadeagle

    bigbadeagle Member

    Hilgenberg. Siemon. Winston. That takes me back.
  5. Rosie

    Rosie Active Member

    :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

    One of my favorite Vikings from the team of my childhood.

    And from what I understand, a class act.

    Thanks for all the good football memories, Wally.

    Prayers to his family and friends.
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