By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Minnesota Vikings player Doug Sutherland has passed away. He was 73.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The team announced that he had died on Tuesday.
“Doug Sutherland was one of our proudest Legends,” Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. “His humble nature did not allow for him to talk much about his own playing career, but Doug was a key member of some of the best defenses in NFL history and three Super Bowl teams. Doug was also the consummate teammate after football. He was one of the most active members of Vikings Legends events and didn’t miss a chance to help out at a community event or lend a hand where needed. Our thoughts are with Doug’s friends and family.”
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Sutherland was a member of the historic “Purple People Eaters” defense. He also is considered one of the 50 Greatest Vikings of All-Time.
He began his career with the New Orleans Saints. He was a 14th r0und draft pick by the Saints in the 1970 NFL Draft.
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Following a trade to the Vikings, he played 10 seasons for the team. He appeared in 138 games, including 90 starts in Minnesota.
Sutherland ended his career after one season with the Seattle Seahawks. His final campaign in the NFL was in 1981 when he was 33.
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In his career, he appeared in 164 games, including 96 starts.
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