As I mentioned in the post where we closed the nominations, we had a three-way tie for the final spot in our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament. All three of these men ended up with the same number of "recs" from you, the Daily Norseman faithful, and now we get an opportunity to see which of them joins sixty-three other names from Minnesota Vikings lore.
This is a three-way, winner-take-all match-up for the final spot in our tournament. . .here are your choices. . .
Alma Mater: Notre Dame
Acquired by Vikings: Round 2, 2012 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 2 (2012 - 2013)
Position: Tight End
The Vikings have a pretty nice history at the tight end position, and Kyle Rudolph is the latest in that lineage. He has made an impression over the course of his first two NFL seasons, and really came on in his second year. Rudolph caught 53 passes for 493 yards and nine touchdowns in his sophomore season, Those nine touchdown receptions are the second-highest total for a tight end in a season in Vikings history.
Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Acquired by Vikings: Round 5, 1961 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 13 (1961 - 1972)
One of the original Vikings, Sharockman started 121 of his 142 National Football League games. His 40 career interceptions rank him third all-time in Minnesota Vikings history behind Paul Krause and Bobby Bryant, and he was the starting right cornerback for the Vikings' 1969 NFL Championship squad. He scored a total of six touchdowns in his Vikings career.
Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin
Acquired by Vikings: Round 10, 1970 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 11 (1970 - 1980)
Position: Tight End
Speaking of Vikings tight ends, we have another one here in Stu Voigt. Voigt was a fairly steady presence for the Vikings over his 11 seasons in purple. He never had more than 34 catches in a season, but he does have something that's a rarity for any Viking. . .a Super Bowl touchdown. He found the end zone in Minnesota's 32-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl IX.
Those are the three men that are playing for the final spot in our tournament, ladies and gentlemen. The voting process for this, and every other match-up, is going to work a little differently. "Recs" don't matter here. This is all about the comments.
The comments for this post will be open for 24 hours, as they will be for every match-up. In order to vote, simply leave a comment declaring who you want to vote for.
To vote for Kyle Rudolph, leave a comment with the subject line "Vote - Kyle Rudolph"
To vote for Ed Sharockman, leave a comment with the subject line "Vote - Ed Sharockman"
To vote for Stu Voigt, leave a comment with the subject line "Vote - Stu Voigt"
Like the nomination portion, every comment that is flush with the left-hand side of the comments section should be a vote. If you want to debate or make a case for who you're voting for, that's awesome. But the votes should be all along the left-hand side. Remember, comments, not "recs" in this case.
After 24 hours (or at approximately 8 AM Central time on Saturday), the comments will close and the votes will be tallied. After that, our field will be set, and the overall tournament will kick off on Monday.
So, have at it, ladies and gentlemen!