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Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers: #91

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We’ve almost made it through the 90s.

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There have actually been a lot of members of the Minnesota Vikings that have worn the number 91. However, like some of the other numbers we’ve seen this early in the proceedings, there’s only been one that’s had any sort of impact.

The Vikings drafted defensive end Ray Edwards out of Purdue in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. After playing sparingly in his rookie season, Edwards started 56 out of 57 games at left defensive end for the Vikings from 2007 to 2010. Playing on a line with Jared Allen, Pat Williams, and Kevin Williams presented a great deal of opportunities for Edwards to make an impact, and he took advantage of that.

In his four seasons as a starter for the Vikings, Edwards collected 30 quarterback sacks. That was highlighted by back-to-back seasons of at least eight sacks in 2009 and 2010. That was highlighted by a huge breakout performance in the divisional round of the 2009 playoffs, where Edwards collected three sacks of Tony Romo in the Vikings’ 34-3 rout of the Dallas Cowboys.

After the 2010 season, Edwards moved on to the Atlanta Falcons and. . .well, he basically fell off the NFL map. He played for the Falcons in 2011 and 2012, and has been out of the league since then.

The five years that Edwards was a member of the Vikings makes him, by far, the most successful #91 the team has ever had. Honestly, it’s not even close.

Vikings that have worn the number 91:

  • Ray Yakavonis (1981 - 1983)
  • Greg Smith (1984)
  • Joe Phillips (1986)
  • Dan Coleman (1987)
  • Willie Fears (1990)
  • Greg Manusky (1991 - 1993)
  • Martin Harrison (1994 - 1996)
  • John Burrough (1999 - 2000)
  • Willie Howard (2001)
  • Lorenzo Bromell (2002)
  • Ray Edwards (2006 - 2010)
  • D’Aundre Reed (2012)
  • Chase Baker (2013)
  • Zach Moore (2015 - 2016)
  • Stephen Weatherly (2016)

That’s the #91 in purple history, ladies and gentlemen. We will wrap up the 90s tomorrow!