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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66 14
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
62 14
Scott Studwell is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
63 15
Chad Greenway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

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

4
53 13
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
44 8
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
46 11
Eric Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

7
43 10
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

8
55 22
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
36 10
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

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

10
37 11
Ed McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

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

11
31 8
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 7
Roy Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
18 4
Mike Merriweather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

14
15 6
Jesse Solomon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jesse Solomon

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

15
19 11
Ben Leber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

16
14 10
Dwayne Rudd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

17
15 12
Erin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Erin Henderson

Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011

18
12 9
Lonnie Warwick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

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

19
10 7
Kailee Wong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2001, 2000, 1999

20
9 6
David Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
David Howard

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

21
9 6
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
9 7
Mark Dusbabek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Mark Dusbabek

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

23
10 9
Carlos Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Carlos Jenkins

Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992

24
8 7
Jeff Brady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jeff Brady

Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995

25
8 7
Ray Berry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ray Berry

Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

26
8 8
Rip Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Rip Hawkins

Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

27
8 9
Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003

28
8 9
Napoleon Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2006, 2005

29
19 22
Ben Gedeon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ben Gedeon

Seasons: 2018, 2017

30
10 12
Marvin Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Marvin Mitchell

Seasons: 2013, 2012

31
7 9
Lemanski Hall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Lemanski Hall

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

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

Seasons: 2005, 2004

33
12 16
Jasper Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2014, 2012, 2009

34
5 8
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Johnson

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

35
5 8
Fred Strickland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Fred Strickland

Seasons: 1993

36
3 6
Clancy Osborne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Clancy Osborne

Seasons: 1962, 1961

37
3 6
Dennis Fowlkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Fowlkes

Seasons: 1985

38
3 6
John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
John Kirby

Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966

39
7 11
Nick Rogers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Nick Rogers

Seasons: 2003, 2002

40
6 10
Henri Crockett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Henri Crockett

Seasons: 2003, 2002

41
5 9
Sam Cowart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Sam Cowart

Seasons: 2005

42
4 8
Karl Rubke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1961

43
4 9
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1996

44
6 12
Greg Biekert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2003, 2002