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Stuart Alan "Stu" Voigt (born August 12, 1948) is a former American football player, a tight end in the National Football League for eleven season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Stu Voigt
No. 83
Position:Tight End
Personal information
Born: (1948-08-12) August 12, 1948 (age 71)
Madison, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Madison (WI) West
NFL Draft:1970 / Round: 10 / Pick: 259
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Born in the Westmorland district of Madison, Wisconsin, he graduated from Madison West High School in 1966, where he was an all-state running back and track and field standout. His state record in shot put of 66 ft 7 in (20.29 m) in 1966 stood for 39 years.[1] He accepted a football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a star halfback and tight end on some of the worst teams in Badger history, which won just three games in his three varsity years of 19671969,[2] all in his senior season.

In the 1970 NFL Draft, Voigt was selected in the tenth round by the Vikings and played in three Super Bowls (VIII, IX, XI), all losses. He retired after the 1980 season, and was a color commentator on Vikings radio broadcasts from 1981–1990 and 1997–2000.

After footballEdit

Voigt is the former Chairman of the Board of First Commercial Bank in Bloomington, Minnesota.[3] In April 2006, he approved a loan increase and extension to Hennessy Financial, LLC owner Jeffrey Gardner, who personally owed him 4.5 million dollars. Gardner failed to disclose the debt.[4]

Voigt faced charges in a Ponzi scheme: two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud; four counts of mail fraud; five counts of bank fraud; and seven counts of giving false statements on a loan application. He also faced sixteen counts of making monetary transactions in criminally-derived property, two counts of making false statements to the FDIC .[5]

A federal jury convicted Voigt on one count of bank fraud, and was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz.[6][7][8] He served a six-month sentence at Federal Prison Camp, Duluth, and was released on May 26, 2017.[9][10]


  1. ^ "2005 Athletes of the Year". Wisconsin High School Track and Field. Retrieved July 27, 2006.
  2. ^ "Wisconsin Football History Database". Retrieved July 27, 2006.
  3. ^ "1st Commercial Bank". Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2006.
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  5. ^ "Local Fmr. Viking Accused Of Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme". CBS Minnesota. April 15, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  6. ^ Montemayor, Stephen (February 6, 2016). "Ex-Viking Stu Voigt found guilty in one bank fraud count". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Serres, Chris (October 14, 2016). "Ex-Viking Stu Voigt sentenced to six months in prison for role in fraud scheme". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ex-Vikings TE Stu Voigt gets 6 months in prison in fraud scheme". ESPN. Associated Press. October 13, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
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  10. ^ Sansavere, Bob (June 16, 2017). "Former Viking Stu Voigt ready to 'pay it forward' after release from prison". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved April 28, 2018.

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