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The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time

Updated April 26, 2020 65.2k votes 5.4k voters 73.8k views134 items

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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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  • 1
    1,609
    287

    Alan Page

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
  • 2
    2,287
    526

    Randy Moss

    Wide receiver

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  • 3
    1,764
    357

    Fran Tarkenton

    Quarterback

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  • 4
    1,583
    370

    John Randle

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end
  • 5
    1,784
    429

    Cris Carter

    Wide receiver

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  • 6
    1,005
    199

    Paul Krause

    Safety, Defensive back

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  • 7
    1,016
    214

    Randall McDaniel

    Offensive Lineman, Guard
  • 8
    988
    217

    Carl Eller

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman
  • 9
    2,079
    562

    Adrian Peterson

    Running back

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  • 10
    942
    206

    Jim Marshall

    Defensive end

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  • 11
    1,059
    184

    Harrison Smith

    Safety
  • 12
    737
    63

    Bud Grant

    Defensive end, Wide receiver
  • 13
    786
    171

    Chris Doleman

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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  • 14
    1,052
    268

    Jared Allen

    Defensive end
  • 15
    751
    188

    Chuck Foreman

    Running back

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  • 16
    587
    158

    Mick Tingelhoff

    Offensive Lineman, Center
  • 17
    664
    168

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  • 18
    446
    113

    Matt Blair

    Linebacker
  • 19
    576
    169

    Chad Greenway

    Linebacker
  • 20
    604
    191

    Ron Yary

    Tackle
  • 21
    592
    177

    Anthony Carter

    Wide receiver
  • 22
    529
    148

    Ahmad Rashād

    Running back, Wide receiver

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    #137 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#993 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 23
    504
    153

    More Gary Zimmerman 

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  • 24
    566
    174

    Kevin Williams

    Defensive tackle

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  • 25
    533
    163

    Joey Browner

    Safety, Defensive back