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Joey Browner to be inducted into Vikings’ Ring of Honor

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Pro Bowl safety Joey Browner will be inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime of the Oct. 27 game against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome.

The team announced Friday evening that Browner, who played for the Vikings from 1983 to 1991, will become the 21st member of the Ring of Honor.

Said Browner: “The Ring of Honor is special because there are very few of us in there, to be with people like Fran Tarkenton, Jim Marshall, the individuals who actually made it into the Hall of Fame, a lot of which I actually played with. Cris Carter, John Randle, people like that. This is just a great honor.”

Browner finished with 1,098 career combined defensive and special teams stops (987 defensive, 111 special teams) and his 9.5 career sacks are the most by a Vikings defensive back.

Browner’s 18 career forced fumbles lead all Vikings defensive backs and his total tackes are fifth by a Viking all-time and No. 1 among defensive backs. He played in 138 games as a Viking, the second-most by a defensive back and his 37 career interceptions are fourth in team history.

Browner, who was drafted with the 19th pick by the Vikings in 1983 out of USC, went to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1985 to ’90. That is tied with Paul Krause for the most Pro Bowl selections by a Vikings defensive back.

A three-time Associated Press All-Pro honoree, Browner was named to the NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 1980s. Browner also is a member of the 50 greatest Vikings team.

On Friday, Browner lamented how the game has changed.

“First of all, my first year here was the second year this dome was open and the Astroturf was a rock at the time,” Browner said. “The evolution of the field, the game was where offensive linemen had to hold their hands in. You could play football back then, now there’s a rule for everything. You can’t do this, you can’t do that. The horsecollar was my signature tackle and now I’d get fined everytime for doing that.”

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