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.


Noise problems? Vikings' Bailey says kicking in quiet can be trouble, too

Crowd noise can actually help a kicker concentrate because it helps tune out the trash talk that can come from the other side of the line of scrimmage.


For Cousins, stability comes with responsibility

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins appreciates the team's continuity on offense as he enters his ninth season.


Vikings' trade for Hall is off; top pick Jefferson cleared for camp

The lineman acquired from the Raiders on Monday failed his physical, which means he will be heading back to the Raiders, who'd traded him for a seventh-round draft pick.


Vikings keep Zimmer and Spielman together, for better or worse

With new contract extensions, Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer have a chance to become the longest GM-coach pairing in team history.


Vikings make it official: Spielman signs contract extension

General manager Rick Spielman has held the job since 2012 but was in the final year of his contract. The deal reportedly goes through 2023.


For Vikings, so much to do and so little time at training camp

As the NFL heads into the 2020 season with coronavirus tests and crossed fingers, here's a look at what to expect from a surreal Vikings training camp.


Pierce makes 'heartbreaking' choice to opt out of Vikings season

New defensive tackle Michael Pierce has a history of asthma and started taking protections against the coronavirus even before the pandemic shut down sports.


Trainer tests positive; 4 Vikings rookies, including top pick, on COVID-19 reserve list

The NFL prohibits teams from disclosing whether a player on the list tested positive or had contact with a virus carrier. But it's believed the four players did not come in contact with head trainer Eric Sugarman.


Twin Cities agents representing Thielen creatively expand presence

The Minneapolis-based Institute for Athletes started by representing Vikings and former Gophers players and gone beyond sports with its list of projects.


Vikings' social justice committee takes a leading role in community

The group, including linebacker Eric Kendricks (pictured), has educated many Vikings players and emboldened them to take action.