Football The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time  

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Big fan of Minnesota football? Then check out this list of Minnesota Vikings linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Minnesota Vikings history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Minnesota defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Vikings LBs include Scott Studwell, Chad Greenway, E. J. Henderson, and Ed McDaniel.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Minnesota Vikings starting LBs and backup LBs are Anthony Barr, Kentrell Brothers, Ben Gedeon, Eric Kendricks, Shaan Washington, and Eric Wilson. 

Who are the best linebackers in Minnesota Vikings history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Minnesota Vikings starting linebacker.

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54 9
Matt Blair is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

2
52 11
Chad Greenway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

3
52 12
Scott Studwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

4
45 11
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1999, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

5
36 6
E. J. Henderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
E. J. Henderson

Seasons: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

6
36 7
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

7
36 8
Eric Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

8
45 15
Anthony Barr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

9
33 9
Ed McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

10
27 6
Roy Winston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963

11
28 7
Fred McNeill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

12
29 8
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972

13
13 3
Mike Merriweather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

14
19 10
Ben Leber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

15
13 5
Jesse Solomon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jesse Solomon

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

16
10 5
Kailee Wong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2001, 2000, 1999

17
13 8
Dwayne Rudd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

18
14 10
Erin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Erin Henderson

Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011

19
11 8
Lonnie Warwick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965

20
8 6
Mark Dusbabek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Mark Dusbabek

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

21
7 5
Dixon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dixon Edwards

Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996

22
7 5
David Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
David Howard

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

23
7 5
Ray Berry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ray Berry

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

24
18 17
Ben Gedeon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ben Gedeon

Seasons: 2018, 2017

25
7 7
Rip Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Rip Hawkins

Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

26
6 6
Jeff Brady is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jeff Brady

Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995

27
7 8
Carlos Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Carlos Jenkins

Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992

28
6 8
Napoleon Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2006, 2005

29
6 8
Lemanski Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Lemanski Hall

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

30
4 6
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Johnson

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

31
8 11
Marvin Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Marvin Mitchell

Seasons: 2013, 2012

32
6 9
Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003

33
4 7
Fred Strickland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Fred Strickland

Seasons: 1993

34
2 5
John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
John Kirby

Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966

35
2 5
Dennis Fowlkes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Fowlkes

Seasons: 1985

36
2 5
Clancy Osborne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Clancy Osborne

Seasons: 1962, 1961

37
6 10
Nick Rogers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Nick Rogers

Seasons: 2003, 2002

38
5 9
Henri Crockett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Henri Crockett

Seasons: 2003, 2002

39
10 15
Jasper Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2014, 2012, 2009

40
4 8
Keith Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Keith Newman

Seasons: 2005, 2004

41
4 8
Sam Cowart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Sam Cowart

Seasons: 2005

42
3 7
Karl Rubke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1961

43
3 8
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1996

44
5 11
Greg Biekert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2003, 2002