Legendary Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff dies at age 81

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Vikings legend Mick Tingelhoff has passed away at the age of 81, the team announced on Saturday.

A true ironman in the National Football League, Tingelhoff starting 240 straight games as the Vikings center from 1962 to 1978. His No. 53 is retired by the Vikings and he was named to the team’s Ring of Honor in 2001. Considered the best center in Vikings history, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Tingelhoff is one of only 11 Vikings to play in each of their four Super Bowl appearances. His 240-game streak ranks second in NFL history behind two others that played for the Vikings: Brett Favre (297) and Jim Marshall (270).

Selected to six Pro Bowls, Tingelhoff joined the Vikings as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Nebraska in 1962.