Our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament continues with another first round match-up, this one pitting a Hall of Fame defensive lineman that might be the best at his position of all time (he's certainly in the argument, at least) against a coach who, although he found greater success at other locales, got his first real recognition as a part of Dennis Green's coaching staff.
Alma Mater: University of Notre Dame
Acquired by Vikings: Round 1, 1967 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 12 (1967-1978)
Position: Defensive Tackle
The rock of the famed Purple People Eaters and one of the best defensive tackles in the history of the National Football League, Alan Page is truly a legend. His biggest on-field accomplishment probably came in the 1971 season, when he became the first defensive player to be named the NFL's Most Valuable Player. He was a six-time All-Pro, and unofficially amassed 108.5 sacks as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. His #88 is one of only six to be retired by the team, and he is a member of the Minnesota Vikings' Ring of Honor.
Yes, folks, Alan Page literally helped build the Pro Football Hall of Fame. How awesome is that?
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota
Acquired by Vikings: Named to Dennis Green's coaching staff prior to 1992 season
Seasons in Minnesota: 4 (1992-1995)
Position: Defensive Coordinator
When Dennis Green was hired by the Minnesota Vikings to succeed Jerry Burns, he put together quite a coaching staff. The man he brought on board to be the team's defensive coordinator was then-Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs coach Tony Dungy. Dungy immediately made Green's decision look like a pretty good one, as the Vikings' defense came to be a pretty good unit under his watch. He moved on to become the head coach at both Tampa Bay and Indianapolis before calling it a career, but it was in Minnesota that he got his big break.
Couldn't find any videos with Dungy as a Vikings' coach, so we'll go with that.
Here's a review of how the voting process works, folks.
-If you want to vote for Alan Page, rec the comment that says, "Vote - Alan Page"
-If you want to vote for Tony Dungy, rec the comment that says, "Vote - Tony Dungy"
Don't rec both comments. . .we're on the honor system here, folks. Although I don't know why you'd rec both anyway. . .you'd end up just canceling yourself out.
Please do not reply to either of the top two comments. . .if you want to debate or make your case or what have you, feel free to do so underneath those top two comments. Remember. . .only recs count, so make sure that's how you register your vote.
The voting will remain open until 8 AM Central time tomorrow, at which point the next two match-ups will be posted.
Have at it, everybody!