Minnesota Vikings Primary Logo
The Norseman has been the face of the Vikings franchise since the team’s inception in 1961, long exhibiting the history and tradition of the Vikings. The team's longtime logo has been enhanced "to give it a more natural and defined look."
2013 - Present
In 2013, the Vikings tweaked their Norseman logo, which involved updating the shading, altering the shape and base of the horns, thickening the mustache and face, making the gold tones brighter, and shortening the braid. The base of the Norseman’s horns now resembles those on Minnesota’s helmets.
1966 - 2012
The Vikings logo in 1966 changed to a right facing viking with a cleaner look. The viking has a yellow with purple banner helmet with two horns. In addition the viking has yellow braided hair and mustache.
1961 - 1965
Karl Hubenthal who was a sports cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, did the original drawing of the Viking logo in 1961 for Bert Rose, then the General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings, who had contacted him. The logo itself depicts the fierce warrior from Scandinavia, what is now Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The people of the era and who lived there referred to the warriors as Norsemen, or Northmen.