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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Scott Studwell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Scott Studwell Seasons: 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

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Matt Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Matt Blair Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

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Chad Greenway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Chad Greenway Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

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Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Chris Doleman Seasons: 1999, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

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Anthony Barr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Anthony Barr Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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Ed McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ed McDaniel Seasons:  2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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Eric Kendricks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Eric Kendricks Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

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E. J. Henderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
E. J. Henderson Seasons: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Fred McNeill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Fred McNeill Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

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Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jeff Siemon Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972

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Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jack Del Rio Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

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Roy Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Roy Winston Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963

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Jesse Solomon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jesse Solomon Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

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Ben Leber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ben Leber Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

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David Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
David Howard Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

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Mark Dusbabek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Mark Dusbabek Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

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Mike Merriweather is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Mike Merriweather Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

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Erin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Erin Henderson Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011

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Ben Gedeon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ben Gedeon Seasons: 2018, 2017

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Dwayne Rudd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dwayne Rudd Seasons:  2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

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Lonnie Warwick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Lonnie Warwick Seasons: 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965

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Kailee Wong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Kailee Wong Seasons:  2001, 2000, 1999

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Ray Berry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Ray Berry Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989

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Dixon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dixon Edwards Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996

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Carlos Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Carlos Jenkins Seasons: 1994, 1993, 1992

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Napoleon Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Napoleon Harris Seasons: 2006, 2005

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Lemanski Hall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Lemanski Hall Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000

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Jeff Brady is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jeff Brady Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995

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Rip Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Rip Hawkins Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

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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

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Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Chris Claiborne Seasons: 2004, 2003

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Nick Rogers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Nick Rogers Seasons: 2003, 2002

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Keith Newman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Keith Newman Seasons: 2005, 2004

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Karl Rubke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Karl Rubke Seasons: 1961

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John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
John Kirby Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966

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Marvin Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Marvin Mitchell Seasons: 2013, 2012

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Greg Biekert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Greg Biekert Seasons: 2003, 2002

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Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Darryl Talley Seasons: 1996

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Fred Strickland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Fred Strickland Seasons: 1993

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Dennis Fowlkes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Fowlkes Seasons: 1985

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Clancy Osborne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Clancy Osborne Seasons: 1962, 1961

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Jasper Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Jasper Brinkley Seasons: 2014, 2012, 2009

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Henri Crockett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Henri Crockett Seasons: 2003, 2002

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Sam Cowart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time
Sam Cowart Seasons: 2005