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Viking Hall of Famers to receive ring upgrade at halftime Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS--Former Vikings tackle Ron Yary is excited about receiving his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence on Thursday night. Then again, he hardly calls it a ring.

MINNEAPOLIS-Former Vikings tackle Ron Yary is excited about receiving his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence on Thursday night. Then again, he hardly calls it a ring.

During halftime of Minnesota's game against Dallas at U.S. Bank Stadium, former Vikings who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame will receive bling that puts some Super Bowl rings to shame.

"It's not a ring,'' said Yary, enshrined in 2001. "It's more like a flashlight. It's big and gaudy.''

Players selected for the hall since 2013 received the deluxe rings during their enshrinement. Players inducted before then had received normal-sized rings along with their gold jackets, but the hall of fame this year is making sure they get a ring upgrade.

In addition to Yary, on hand Thursday will be former coach Bud Grant (inducted in 1994), defensive tackle Alan Page (1988), safety Paul Krause (1998), defensive end Carl Eller (2004), guard Randall McDaniel (2009), defensive tackle John Randle (2010) and defensive end Chris Doleman (2012).

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Also attending will be wide receiver Cris Carter (2013) and center Mick Tingelhoff (2015) even though they already have received their new rings.

Former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1986) is unable to make it Thursday. He has a commitment in New York.

"It'll be great,'' Grant said of the ceremony. "It's nice to be remembered once in a while. We're all getting old.''

Grant, who sent the hall of fame his size, hasn't seen one of the new rings. Eller has seen several of them and was fitted in person when he returned to the hall in Canton, Ohio, for the 2015 induction ceremonies.

"It's a gorgeous piece of jewelry, and I'm very excited to get it,'' Eller said. "It represents the same achievements that we've had (in making the hall), which is fantastic.'''

Thursday's game also will feature both teams wearing vibrant "Color Rush'' uniforms. The Vikings will wear purple jerseys with gold numbers and the Cowboys will wear white with blue and white numbers and have a star on the sleeve.

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