Again, just for fun in anticipation of the upcoming season, and to tap the extensive collective memory of this group, I thought I would take a stab at selecting the best team possible from all players who have played for the Vikes over the years. For me, I have 3 rules -- you pick them at their prime while playing for the Vikes (sorry, Moon, Farve, you get eliminated by this rule); you are picking for just one season, not based on their performance over their entire career; and they had to play the position you pick them for (ie, you must choose between Hutchison and McDaniel at LG, you can't put one of them at RG). Think Childress has it tough this year deciding between Renaud and Johnson? Try picking just TWO wide receivers and TWO defensive tackles for this team!
What is fascinating to me by this silly hypothetical exercise is that it reveals how great this franchise has been over the years. Take our best fantasy team and match it with the best fantasy team possible from any other club, and I would like our chances -- although we seem weak (relatively) at QB and LB. The Steelers, Dolphins, Packers, Bears, Giants, 49ers, Rams, Raiders, Colts, Redskins and Cowboys could put together some teams that seem unbeatable too. But if they all played their best players in their prime one season, who would win that year?
My team, unless some of you convince me my memory is warped, would be:
WR: Cris Carter
LT: Gary Zimmerman (this pick seems debtable to me. But I don;t really recall the others)
LG: Randall McDaniel
C: Matt Birk (Tinglehoff perhaps, but Birk could pull like no center I have ever seen)
RG: ?? Ed White
RT: Korey Stringer
TE: Steve Jordan (with tip of my hat to Senser and Voigt)
WR: Randy Moss
QB: Fran Tarkenton (it's hard to deny the stats, but I dunno)
RB: Adrian Peterson (perhaps one of 5 best ever RBs, along with Brown, Sayers, Payton and Dickerson)
FB: ?? I draw a blank here. Dave Osborne, perhaps, back when the FB used to run the ball.
DE: Jim Marshall
DT: Alan Page
DT: Keith Millard
DE: Carl Eller
SLB: Matt Blair
MLB: Scott Studwell (although EJ make me change this list this year)
WLB: Fred McNeil
CB: Carl Lee
CB: Antoine Winfield
SS: Joey Browner
WS: Paul Krausse
How do you relegate Chuck Foreman, Anthony Carter, Ahmad Rashad, Robert Smith, Pat Williams, Henry Thomas, John Randle, Gene Washington, John Gilliam and Sammy White to the bench?