This is one of our final two match-ups in the second round of our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament, ladies and gentlemen. In this match-up, yet another Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famer finds himself taking on one of the three finest receivers in team history.
Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Acquired by Vikings: Round 1, 1985 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 10 (1985-1993, 1999)
Position: Defensive end
How He Got Here: Defeated Jeff Christy 141-3 in Round 1
After the Vikings attempted to make Doleman into a linebacker for a couple of seasons, they moved him to his more natural defensive end position, and he took off from there. Doleman is the Vikings' second-leading "official" sack man of all time, accumulating 96.5 in his seasons in purple. His 21 sacks in 1989 stood as the team's single-season record until Jared Allen broke it in 2011. After three consecutive seasons of double-digit sacks in San Francisco, he returned to Minnesota for one more year in 1999 and put up eight at the age of 38. Doleman was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Vikings, a three-time first team All-Pro, and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Alma Mater: University of Michigan
Acquired by Vikings: Trade with Miami Dolphins before 1985 season
Seasons in Minnesota: 8 (1985-1993)
Position: Wide receiver
How He Got Here: Defeated Gary Zimmerman 108-72 in Round 1
Carter was originally selected by the Dolphins in the 12th round of the 1983 NFL Draft. However, he instead played for two seasons with the Michigan Panthers of the USFL, and moved on to the Oakland Invaders in 1985. After the USFL folded, Carter was traded to Minnesota. He led the team in receptions for five of his first six seasons, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1987 and 1988. Nobody will ever forget the game he put together as the Vikings upset the mighty San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs to get to the NFC Championship Game, as he caught 10 passes for 227 yards. For his career, Anthony Carter is third in every major receiving category for the Vikings, with 478 receptions for 7,636 yards and 52 touchdowns.
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