EAGAN, Minn. - The Vikings are sending condolences to the family of Terry Tausch, a former offensive lineman who passed away Wednesday.
The native of New Braunfels, Texas, was 61.
Tausch joined the Vikings as a second-round pick (39th overall) in 1982. He started 68 of 81 games for Minnesota from 1982-88, including all 16 in 1984, 1986 and 1988. Tausch also started 15 of 16 games in 1985. An injury stopped his 1987 season after five starts.
Quarterback and fellow Texas native Tommy Kramer described his former Vikings teammate as a "typical offensive lineman."
"He was very quiet, always did his job and never backed down from anybody," Kramer said. "He was a great teammate. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Tausch finished his NFL career in 1989 with the 49ers, who capped the season by winning Super Bowl XXIV. He then settled in Plano, Texas, near Dallas.
The University of Texas announced his Tausch's death on Thursday. A consensus All-American in 1980 and 1981 for the Longhorns, Tausch was inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Honor in 2001.
Tausch's older brother, Gary, told KENS-5 in San Antonio that Terry was a "super person" to be around, one who loved spending time with family, as well as hunting and fishing.
"He was a great guy. He'd do anything for anybody," Gary Tausch said. "He was just a kind-hearted person. When he came back to New Braunfels to visit, he always got together with all of his friends. He never forgot where he was from."