We resume our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament with the second round, as we've narrowed the field from 66 down to 32. In this match-up, the overall top seed in our tournament takes on. . .well, the guy that signs his paychecks.
Alma Mater: University of Oklahoma
Acquired by Vikings: Round 1, 2007 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 6 (2007-2012)
Position: Running back
How He Got Here: Defeated Ed Sharockman 140-6 in Round 1
There really aren't a lot of things that can be said about Adrian Peterson that haven't been said already. Through just six seasons as a member of the Vikings, he already leads the team in every significant rushing category with 8,849 career yards (already more than 2,000 yards clear of Robert Smith, who stands in second place) and 76 touchdowns. He's a five-time NFL All-Pro (every year except 2011), a two-time NFL rushing champion, a two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, a former NFL Rookie of the Year, holder of the NFL's single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the Chargers on 5 November 2007, and he's the reigning Most Valuable Player. If he can stay healthy, he truly has a chance to establish himself among the all-time greats at his position, and in the sport overall.
Alma Mater: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Acquired by Vikings: Bought team from Red McCombs prior to 2005 season
Seasons in Minnesota: 8 (2005-present)
How He Got Here: Defeated Joe Kapp 133-94 in Round 1
Wilf was born in Germany, the son of Holocaust survivors. When it appeared that a bid from Reggie Fowler to buy the team from Red McCombs would fall through, Wilf. . .whose family made their money in real estate in New Jersey. . .stepped up to become the majority owner. His tenure of ownership has been marked by a significant change in culture, something the team needed in the wake of the infamous "Love Boat" scandal, which happened in Wilf's first year of ownership. Most importantly, he will likely go down in history as the man that saved football in Minnesota, having worked very hard to help the team get a new stadium that will come online starting in 2016.
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