Over the years, there have been scores of individuals that have been a part of the Minnesota Vikings' organization. However, to this point, only 21 of those men have been enshrined in what the Vikings refer to as their Ring of Honor. For the uninitiated, here are those 21 men, listed in the order in which they were inducted.
Browner's induction is the most recent, and it occurred on 27 October 2013. I don't know if the team taking a couple of years off coincides with their using TCF Bank Stadium as a temporary home, but it would appear that it's high time that another name gets added to the list of Vikings' legends that are a part of it.
So, who should that next name be? There are plenty of worthy candidates. Let's take a look at just a few of them.
WR Randy Moss - Moss is a no-doubt Hall of Fame wide receiver, though it remains to be seen how long the folks that control things in Canton will make him wait. The other issue is that Moss likely hasn't been away from the game long enough. . .most of the players that are in the Ring of Honor had been out of the game for a while before being inducted (with the exception of Korey Stringer, for obvious reasons).
WR Anthony Carter - A.C. has been away for a while, and is third in Vikings' history in nearly all of the major receiving categories, behind Moss and Cris Carter. He also had what might be the single greatest post-season performance in Vikings' history with his huge game against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1987 NFC Divisional playoffs.
WR Jake Reed - Man, the Vikings have had some great receivers over the years, haven't they? The third member of "Three Deep," Reed was a force to be reckoned with. He and Carter each recorded four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 1994 to 1997. Then Reed got bumped out of the way for Moss. Still, Reed had a pretty great run as a member of the Vikings.
TE Steve Jordan - Arguably the best tight end in Vikings history, he'd be the first one into the Ring of Honor if he were to be selected. He played his entire career (1982-1994) with the Vikings, and had almost 500 receptions and over 6,300 receiving yards.
TE Jim Kleinsasser - If the readers of The Daily Norseman got a vote, Kleinsasser would be in the Ring of Honor already. His numbers weren't much to speak of, but he did his best work in the trenches, where he was the best blocking tight end I've ever seen.
DT Pat Williams - Much like Moss, he hasn't been away from the game long enough, in all likelihood. But in his time as a Viking, Phat Pat was a force. He was the best run-stopping defensive tackle in the league, and the cornerstone of a run defense that was #1 in the NFL for three consecutive seasons.
I'm sure that there are plenty of players that I missed that are worthy of consideration as well. I'm also sure that all of the players listed above are going to get there someday. However, we're wondering which one should go in next. There's a poll below for everyone to vote in, and feel free to debate it in the comments.
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