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Over at NFL.com, Elliot Harrison has compiled his list of who he believes were the best NFL players of the 1990s, and there are two Minnesota Vikings that make the cut. They're both a little ways down on the list of 20, but it's better to be on it than not.
First, at number 16, is wide receiver Cris Carter.
Average playoff numbers keep him below Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin on the list. He had incredible production from 1993 through '99, recording 683 total catches and two 122-reception seasons during that stretch.
I don't understand putting him below Irvin, a situation that appears to be largely because Irvin managed to get three Super Bowl rings (I guess Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and an incredible defense didn't have a whole lot to do with that). I'm not sure how many people would take Irvin over Carter if given the opportunity, but it's not my list.
The other Viking that makes the list shows up at #12, offensive lineman Randall McDaniel.
He was the best offensive lineman during the decade, period. It's not even debatable, really.
Pretty short and simple analysis, but it's also completely accurate. He was a first-team All-Pro nine times during the decade of the 90s (every year from 1990 to 1998), and was named to the Pro Bowl every year of the decade as well. He's not just on the short list for best offensive lineman of the decade, he's on the short list for greatest offensive lineman ever.
Harrison also gives defensive tackle John Randle an "honorable mention." Kind of surprising he's not on the big list, but given that there were only 20 spots available, it's not worth getting too bent out of shape over.