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New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings connections

Take a look at the connections between the two teams before Sunday's matchup


New Orleans CB Patrick Robinson and Vikings QBChristian Ponder were teammates at Florida State.

Minnesota S Jamarca Sanford played at the University of Mississippi.

New Orleans ILB Ramon Humber prepped at Champlin Park (Minn.) HS. Humber and Vikings G Charlie Johnson were teammates in Indianapolis from 2009-10.

New Orleans DE Cameron Jordan's father, Steve, played for the Vikings from 1981-94, where he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, recording career totals of 498 receptions for 6,307 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Saints WR Kenny Stills' father Ken closed out his NFL playing career with Minnesota in 1990.

New Orleans TE Benjamin Watson and Vikings QBMatt Cassel were teammates in New England from 2005-08.

Saints OLB Ronald Powell and Vikings DTSharrif Floyd were defensive college teammates at the University of Florida.

Coaching Connections

New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton and Vikings Head CoachMike Zimmer served on the same Dallas Cowboys staff from 2003-05.

Vikings Linebackers Coach Adam Zimmer served as a coaching assistant in New Orleans from 2006-09.

Vikings Head Strength And Conditioning Coach Evan Marcus served as assistant strength and conditioning coach in New Orleans from 2000-02.

New Orleans Special Teams Coordinator Greg McMahon served on the coaching staff at the University of Minnesota from 2003-04, where he worked on the same staff along with Vikings Wide Receivers CoachGeorge Stewart.

Stewart and Saints Defensive Line Coach Bill Johnson served on the same Atlanta coaching staff from 2003-06.

Minnesota Offensive Line CoachJeff Davidson played for the Saints in 1994 and broke into the NFL coaching ranks as a volunteer assistant and offensive assistant with New Orleans from 1995-96.

Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan's father Buddy, served as defensive line coach of the Vikings from 1976-77, as part of Vikings coaching staff that went to Super Bowl XI.

Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards tutored New Orleans S Jairus Byrd in Buffalo from 2010-11.

Saints QB Drew Brees was tutored by Vikings Offensive CoordinatorNorv Turner as a rookie in San Diego in 2001.

Turner also served as New Orleans Wide Receivers Coach Henry Ellard's position coach with the Los Angeles Rams from 1985-90 and as his head coach in Washington from 1994-98.

Ryan and Davidson served on the same New England Patriots coaching staff from 2000-03.

Saints Running Backs Coach Dan Roushar and Vikings Special Teams CoordinatorMike Priefer served on the same staff at Northern Illinois from 2000-01.

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