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Who Are The Minnesota Vikings "Big Three?"

Wesley Hitt

The 2014 NBA Finals start this evening, and the two teams that are going head-to-head have something in common. They're both known for a trio of players that tend to rise to the occasion, more so than the rest of the players on the team. The two-time defending champion Miami Heat have the trio of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. The San Antonio Spurs counter with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.

So, in the spirit of that, we want to know who you think makes up the Minnesota Vikings' "Big Three."

Obviously, any discussion of this sort of thing begins and ends with Adrian Peterson. He's the best player at his position in the National Football League, one of the NFL's premiere players at any position, and has been the face of the franchise since he was drafted in 2007, for the most part. There's no way you could have this discussion without AD being featured prominently.

At this point, I think you'd almost have to put Cordarrelle Patterson as a member of the trio as well. Quite possibly the most dynamic playmaker in the National Football League, Patterson is a threat from anywhere on the field, any way he gets his hands on the football. Whether it's as a receiver, a runner, or a returner, Patterson showed last season what he's capable of, and going into his second season figures to get even better.

Those two were fairly easy. . .but finding a third member of this "Big Three" is significantly harder. But at this point, if I had to pick one guy, it would probably have to be tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph is going into a contract year, and when he's healthy he's proven to be a solid receiving threat, particularly in the red zone.

In theory, if we were to ask this same question at this time next season, I would hope that the "Big Three" in Minnesota would be Peterson, Patterson, and Teddy Bridgewater. However, I can't realistically put Bridgewater on this list before he's even taken a snap in an NFL game, so right now Rudolph is the third member of the crew.

Who would you go with as the Minnesota Vikings' "Big Three?"