MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't expect to see Paul Krause at the
Metrodome on Sunday to see if Brian Russell can tie Krause's team
record of intercepting a pass in six consecutive games.
Krause, one of six Vikings in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no
longer considers himself part of the Vikings' family and plans to
stay away from the franchise because the team has not retired his
jersey number. He does not attend team functions or reunions.
"It's ridiculous that my number hasn't been retired," Krause
told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's absolutely ridiculous."
He played for the Vikings from 1968-79.
Krause was particularly upset when the Vikings decided to retire
the number of receiver Cris Carter last month. Carter became the
sixth Vikings player in their 43-year history to have his jersey
retired. The others are Fran Tarkenton (No. 10), Mick Tingelhoff
(53), Jim Marshall (70), Alan Page (88) and the late Korey Stringer
"They retired a kid's jersey last month who just retired and
who isn't even in the Hall of Fame yet," Krause said. "The kid
was a great player and he deserves it, but he's been gone just a
year. They don't seem to care about the old guys."
Krause, who wore No. 22 for the Vikings, is in the team's ring
of honor. He is the NFL-record holder with 81 career interceptions.
Vikings owner Red McCombs, who has final decision on retiring
numbers, said Wednesday he was aware that Krause is upset.
Marshall, Stringer, Tingelhoff and Carter have had their numbers
retired since McCombs bought the team in 1998. The NFL discourages
teams from retiring numbers.
"There are probably a dozen former players who are upset that
their numbers aren't retired," McCombs said. "We respect Paul and
he was a great Viking. The idea of retiring numbers is an ongoing
Eight Vikings players have worn No. 22 since Krause retired; cornerback Ken Irvin wears the number this season.