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The Best Minnesota Vikings Linebackers of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 3.6k votes 528 voters 12.4k views44 items

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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  • 1
    152
    37

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015

  • 2
    188
    61

    Chad Greenway

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

  • 3
    155
    44

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

  • 4
    160
    47

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

  • 5
    139
    39

    Chris Doleman

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

  • 6
    137
    50

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • 7
    100
    27

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

  • 8
    96
    31

    E. J. Henderson

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

  • 9
    82
    21

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

  • 10
    96
    35

    Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

  • 11
    56
    25

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

  • 12
    58
    32

    Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • 13
    37
    27

    Seasons: 2006, 2005

  • 14
    56
    51

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

  • 15
    36
    27

    Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

  • 16
    32
    22

    Seasons: 2004, 2003

  • 17
    31
    22

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

  • 18
    38
    35

    Seasons:  2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

  • 19
    23
    19

    Rip Hawkins

    Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961

  • 20
    31
    30

    Marvin Mitchell

    Seasons: 2013, 2012

  • 21
    24
    22

    Keith Newman

    Seasons: 2005, 2004

  • 22
    22
    23

    Sam Cowart

    Seasons: 2005

  • 23
    30
    35

    Erin Henderson

    Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011

  • 24
    24
    29

    Seasons: 2014, 2012, 2009

  • 25
    21
    25

    Nick Rogers

    Seasons: 2003, 2002