By John Turney
Viking great Matt Blair passed away today at the age of 70. Blair had been dealing with complications from dementia in recent years but the immediate cause of death was not announced the Star-Tribune reported.
He was drafted by the Vikings in the second round (51st overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft. out of Iowa State. He played a dozen seasons in the NFL, all for the Vikings. After football, he became a wildlife and landscape photographer.
In July of 2019 Proscout, Inc. named him one of its most worthy players not in the Hall of Fame based on their over forty years of scouting NFL players. That same year we named him the fifth-best kick blocking artist of all time. That same year we listed him as the sixteenth best 4-3 outside linebacker ever.
Blair played in 160 games, starting 130, and had over 1100 tackles. He had 24 sacks, sixteen picks, 19 forced fumbles, recovered 20 fumbles, and blocked 20 kicks.