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The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time 

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A list of the best Minnesota Vikings of all time. Formed in 1961, the Minnesota Vikings have been one of the NFL's hard luck franchises. The team has had a lot of success, making the Super Bowl in 1969 along with 25 playoff berths since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. But despite that and three more Super Bowl appearances, the Vikings have yet to win a Super Bowl championship. That isn't due to the lack of great players. The Vikings have had a number of superstars wear the purple and gold. For years, the Purple People Eaters, the nickname for the Vikings defensive line, were one of the most intimidating in the league. The Vikings had several Hall of Famers suit up for them during their Super Bowl years like Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page and Ron Yary. These players are considered some of the best football players of all time.

The Vikings have drafted well over the years. They've drafted two of the best players ever in Randy Moss and 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. In 1990, the team successfully claimed Cris Carter off waivers. Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 and is one of the best wide receivers in football history.

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

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#23 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #110 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #56 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Fran Tarkenton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
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Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Wide receiver from Troy, Ohio, United States of America

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#1,756 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #67 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #6 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Running back from Palestine, Texas, United States of America

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#1,253 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #34 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #4 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Defensive end and Defensive lineman from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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#218 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #59 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #23 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Paul Krause is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Safety and Defensive back from Flint, Michigan, United States of America

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#997 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #54 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #18 of 61 The Best NFL Players From Michigan

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Randall McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Randall McDaniel Offensive Lineman and Guard from Phoenix, Arizona
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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
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Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Defensive end from Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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#58 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #175 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #118 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
jeremy-mitchell added Harrison Smith Safety from Knoxville, Tennessee
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Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Chris Doleman Defensive end and Defensive lineman from Indianapolis, Indiana

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#95 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #421 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #25 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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Chuck Foreman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Chuck Foreman Running back from Frederick, Maryland

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#59 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #604 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #40 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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Mick Tingelhoff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
JJGrosser added Offensive Lineman and Center from Lexington, Nebraska
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Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Cornerback from Akron, Ohio
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Ron Yary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Tackle from Chicago, Illinois
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Chad Greenway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
JabariParker12 added Chad Greenway Linebacker from Mount Vernon, South Dakota, United States of America
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Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Kevin Williams Defensive tackle from Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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#1,230 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #200 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #28 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver from Riviera Beach, Florida

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#788 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #60 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #6 of 87 The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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Joey Browner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Ducky added Joey Browner Safety and Defensive back from Warren, Ohio
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Ahmad Rashād is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Running back and Wide receiver from Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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#885 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #118 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #21 of 98 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time

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Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Tom Derr added Defensive end and Wide receiver from Superior, Wisconsin
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Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time
Robert Smith Running back from Euclid, Ohio, United States of America

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#606 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #75 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #19 of 36 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

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Gary Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time