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John Sullivan
C #65
Height:
6-4
Weight:
301
Age:
29
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Old Greenwich, CT
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2014):

G
8
GS
8
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 101 85
2014 MIN 8 8
2013 MIN 16 16
2012 MIN 16 16
2011 MIN 15 15
2010 MIN 14 14
2009 MIN 16 16
2008 MIN 16 0
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 @STL W 34-6
2 NE L 7-30
3 @NO L 9-20
4 ATL W 41-28
5 @GB L 10-42
6 DET L 3-17
7 @BUF L 16-17
8 @TB W 19-13

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2008 (16/0, 1/0), 2009 (16/16, 2/2), 2010 (14/14), 2011 (15/15), 2012 (16/16, 1/1), 2013 (16/16). Total- 92/76, 4/3. 

  • • Vikings full-time starter at center since 2009, his 2nd season in the NFL.
  • • 3-time state wrestling champion as a prep in Connecticut.
  • • Named Vikings Man of the Year for 2013 in recognition of his generosity and community outreach efforts.

OFF THE FIELD College roommate with Vikings TE John Carlson during their playing days at Notre Dame...Donated generously for a new playground in spring 2013 and has consistently been active in Twin Cities community with visits to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital...Sully’s Playground at the hospital had ribbon-cutting in June 2013...Avid sporting clays shooter at Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, competing in league shooting events...Active with youth outdoor mentoring activities through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...Graduated with degree in marketing in spring semester 2007 and played his senior season of football at Notre Dame in graduate studies...Attended same high school as former 49ers great Steve Young...Excelled in wrestling, winning heavyweight state titles as a sophomore, junior and senior and placed 7th in national meet.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2008 (16/0, 1/0), 2009 (16/16, 2/2), 2010 (14/14), 2011 (15/15), 2012 (16/16, 1/1), 2013 (16/16). Total- 92/76, 4/3. 

  • • Vikings full-time starter at center since 2009, his 2nd season in the NFL.
  • • 3-time state wrestling champion as a prep in Connecticut.
  • • Named Vikings Man of the Year for 2013 in recognition of his generosity and community outreach efforts.

OFF THE FIELD College roommate with Vikings TE John Carlson during their playing days at Notre Dame...Donated generously for a new playground in spring 2013 and has consistently been active in Twin Cities community with visits to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital...Sully’s Playground at the hospital had ribbon-cutting in June 2013...Avid sporting clays shooter at Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, competing in league shooting events...Active with youth outdoor mentoring activities through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...Graduated with degree in marketing in spring semester 2007 and played his senior season of football at Notre Dame in graduate studies...Attended same high school as former 49ers great Steve Young...Excelled in wrestling, winning heavyweight state titles as a sophomore, junior and senior and placed 7th in national meet.

HONORS Vikings 2013 Man of the Year...Named 2012 All-Pro by Pro Football Weekly.

PRO Earned All-Pro honors from Pro Football Weekly and received votes in Associated Press All-Pro voting in 2012...Helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson to run for NFL MVP honors and Offensive Player of the Year with 2nd-best in NFL history 2,097 rushing yards...Part of Vikings line in 2012 that started every game as a unit...Agreed to long-term contract extension late in the 2011 season...Helped Peterson rush for 1,000+ yards and 12+ TDs in 2009 and 2010, including team-record 18 TDs in 2009...Held down middle of the Vikings line in 2009, his 1st season as a starter, opening all 16 games and both playoff contests...Was the 4th C drafted in 2008...The last Notre Dame C the Vikings drafted was Dave Huffman, #43 in 1979...The last Irish player selected by the Vikings was Vikings Radio Network color analyst Pete Bercich, #211 in 1994...Recruited to Notre Dame and played his freshman and sophomore seasons under former Vikings assistant coach Tyrone Willingham.

2013 Helped Peterson rush for 1,266 yards and 10 TDs, his 6th career 1,000-yard campaign...Snapped to 3 different starting QBs during season...Helped backup RB Matt Asiata tie Vikings record with 3 rushing TDs in a game vs. Philadelphia (12/15) when Peterson and Gerhart were inactive for the game with injuries......Started 5th straight season opener at Detroit (9/8)...Blocked for 100-yard game by Adrian Peterson at Chicgao (9/15)....Helped Vikings rush for 232 yards at Green Bay (11/24), paving way for Peterson to post 146 and Toby Gerhart to go for 91 yards. 

2012 Earned post-season honors from Pro Football Weekly as an All-Pro choice...Garnered votes in Associated Press All-Pro balloting...Opened all 16 games and Wild Card playoff matchup...Helped Peterson run for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best total in NFL history en route to earning NFL MVP honors and Offensive Player of the Year...Part of offensive line that earned the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award for 3 games during the season- vs. Detroit (11/11), vs. Chicago (12/9) and vs. Green Bay (12/30)...Helped Peterson tie his own team record with 10 games with 100+ rushing yards and set team record with 2 games of 200+...Peterson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week vs. Arizona (10/21), vs. Chicago (12/9) and NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December when he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a month...Helped team rush for 2,634 yards on the season to tie franchise record.

2011 Opened  the 15 games he played...Helped Adrian Peterson break the 100-yard mark 2 times during the season, Toby Gerhart record his 1st career 100-yard rushing game and QB Joe Webb to go for 100+ yards...Paved way for Vikings rushing offense to rank #4 in the NFL, averaging 144.9 yards per game...Peterson broke the Vikings career rushing TDs record and came within 66 yards of the career rushing yards record during the season.

2010 Battled back from injuries to start 14 games...Snapped to 3 different starting QBs during the season- Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb...Missed game at NY Jets (10/11) and vs. Dallas (10/17)...Fought through calf injury during preseason and early season, but rebounded to start final 12 games of season...Helped Peterson rush for 1,298 yards, the 5th-best single-season mark in team history...For the final 5 games of the season, he anchored a line that had a rookie LG, Chris DeGeare, and newly-tabbed starter, Ryan Cook, at RG after injuries to regular starters Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera.

2009 Had impressive debut season as a starter, starting every game during the regular season and playoffs...Helped Vikings offense rank #5 in the NFL and ranked #8 in passing offense, a 17-position jump from the previous season...Paved the way for Adrian Peterson to rush for 1,383 yards and set a Vikings record with 18 rushing TDs...Protected QB Brett Favre, who joined the team following training camp, to post his best statistical season...Along with rookie RT Phil Loadholt, made debut as a starter along the line.

2008 Played in all 16 regular season games and the Wild Card Playoff contest vs. Philadelphia (1/4/09)...Saw time on special teams as part of kickoff return unit.

COLLEGE Starter in BCS Bowl games as a sophomore and junior, opening the Sugar Bowl vs. LSU as a junior and Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State as a sophomore...Guided Irish to 10-3 mark in 2006 and 9-3 record in 2005...Played final 3 seasons in South Bend under former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis...Played in 47 and started 43 games for the Irish...Paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher as a sophomore and junior and protected Brady Quinn as a sophomore and junior as he threw for 3,000 yards...Served as 1 of 5 Irish captains as a senior...Preseason All-America choice by Street & Smith as a senior...Started all 12 games as a sophomore.

PREP Named Gatorade’s Connecticut Player of the Year as a senior at Greenwich High...Named All-America by SuperPrep and Parade while earning 2nd-team notice by USA Today and ESPN.com...Selected to U.S. Army All-America Bowl game in San Antonio...Helped team to 12-1-1 mark as a senior and a berth in the state title game...Posted 138-6 record as a heavyweight wrestler, winning 3 state championships.

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