The legendary American football player Henry Micheal Tinglehoff has died on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Minnesota Vikings took to Twitter to share the heartbreaking news of his sudden demise. They stated that with a heavy heart they are announcing the passing away of the Vikings legend. It is extremely shocking to all his followers who looked up to him. Ever since the announcement, the fans flooded the social media and Minnesota’s account posts with condolence and rest in peace messages. The professional player had played as a center for the Minnesota Vikings for almost 17 seasons.
Micheal Tinglehoff had also played in a total of four Super Bowls. Hall of Fame center Michael was 81 at the time of his unfortunate death. It is being reported that the player was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and was battling the same for quite some time. Born on May 22, 1940, in Lexington located in Nebraska, US, Tinglehoff was known by his nickname “Mick”. He completed his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Though Michael played football from the start, he got recognition in 1961 when he was in senior year. Tinglehoff became the co-captain of his team in 1961 as well.
Once the regular season was over, Michael participated in various Senior Bowls. The player joined the 1962 NFL Draft after graduating. However, he couldn’t get drafted and later in 1961, was signed with Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. During the rookie season, the footballer became their centre and surprisingly continued playing on the same spot until he took his retirement in 1978. From 1964-1969, Mick Tinglehoff made a streak of appearing in the Pro Bowl 6 times. He also got the name of NFL’s Top Offensive Lineman of the year in 1969. Micheal also became one of the eleven players to appear in all the four Vikings Super Bowl in 1970.
Undoubtedly, the 81-years-old was considered the best center of his time. Apart from his achievements, he was also a Nebraska Football Hall of Fame’s member. In 2015, he was also elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame while he was also the recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award in 2011. It is reported that he has played in 259 straight games while he had begun 240 consecutive games to the time he got retired in 1978. It is no doubt, that Michael will always be remembered for his brilliant gameplay and for being a kind personality. Our site pays sincere tribute to the legendary professional footballer.