Sports reporter | Vikings

Ben Goessling covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune. He has covered the team since 2012, and has previously covered the Twins, Wild, Washington Nationals and prep sports.

After graduating from Apple Valley High School, Goessling majored in accounting and journalism at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters. He coaches high school track and field and cross country, plays electric guitar and enjoys volunteering at Hope Academy in the Phillips neighborhood.


Vikings' offensive line tries to bond during virtual offseason

Center Garrett Bradbury said the Vikings' virtual meetings have included efforts to give players a degree of ownership over the things they would normally be executing on the field during the offseason.


'Spicy math' joins playbook for busy Vikings beat writer Goessling

The pandemic has barely slowed NFL news but it rippled in significant ways through the Star Tribune football writer's life as full-time dad and assistant track coach.


Quarantine coaching: Zimmer and son preparing for season on the ranch

The NFL's virtual offseason program during the coronavirus pandemic has meant extra family time for head coach Mike Zimmer, whose son (and assistant coach) Adam is with him at their Kentucky ranch.


Pencil it in: Vikings open with Packers, but much is still unknown

In their 60th season, the Vikings will open at home against Green Bay for the first time and spend Christmas Day in New Orleans. But will games really be played starting Sept. 10? The coronavirus will have final say on that.


Football from home: Vikings opening cybercamp for rookies today

A group of 15 draftees, as well as 12 undrafted free agents will begin their education online. General Manager Rick Spielman said Tuesday the team's virtual offseason program has "been working outstanding."


How Vikings rookie Dantzler got his nickname: 'When I hit you, it hurt'

When Cameron Dantzler was playing high school football as a wiry cornerback in Hammond, La., he earned the nickname "The Needle."


Five big questions about the largest Vikings draft class of the century

Coach Mike Zimmer likened the 2020 Vikings to a college football team, where programs get new players all the time. The 15-member draft class, means he'll face a new kind of challenge this season.


Roster reshape: 15-player draft class is Vikings' largest since 1985

It could be months, not weeks, before the Vikings can see what they can get from a rookie class that emerged from the NFL's first virtual draft and will enter the league through a "virtual offseason" program.


Vikings nab LSU receiver Jefferson, TCU cornerback Gladney in Round 1

The Vikings used the biggest prize they acquired in the Stefon Diggs trade to select his replacement and, after making a trade, picked a cornerback to start the rebuild of their secondary.


Twelve picks and trades: Our seven-round mock draft predicts the newest Vikings

The Vikings have several major items still on its to-do list before the 2020 season. Here's how football writer Ben Goessling sees the draft unfolding, including who they'll take with their top pick.