As we’ve gotten our Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers series started here as part of our countdown to the 2017 season, the 90s have been a bit underwhelming, to say the least. The final entry into that series of numbers is largely the same, as we’ve hit the #90.
In terms of actual productivity, the best #90 in the history of the Vikings would probably have to be defensive end Derrick Alexander. . .or, as most Vikings fans know him, the guy that the Vikings drafted in 1995 when Warren Sapp was RIGHT THERE. (Seriously, could you imagine John Randle and Warren Sapp next to each other for a few seasons?) Sapp had some off-field issues, which steered the Vikings towards Alexander instead.
I guess Alexander wasn’t awful or anything. He certainly wasn’t what you would want from a #11 overall selection. He had 20 quarterback sacks in his four seasons in Minnesota, including 7.5 in 1998, which would be his final year with the team. He then moved on to play one season with the Cleveland Browns and was out of the league after that.
The only other #90 in Vikings’ history that had even a little bit of productivity was defensive tackle Fred Evans, who played with the team as a rotational guy from 2007 to 2013. Evans was on the depth chart behind some pretty solid defensive tackles during most of his Vikings’ tenure, but was pretty solid when he managed to get on the field. He played in 94 games for the Vikings, but started just six of those.
Vikings that have worn the #90:
- John Haines (1984)
- Fred Molden (1987)
- John Galvin (1989)
- Robert Harris (1992 - 1994)
- Derrick Alexander (1995 - 1998)
- Gabe Northern (2000)
- Jeff Hazuga (2001)
- Steve Martin (2004)
- Eric Taylor (2005)
- Khreem Smith (2006)
- Fred Evans (2007 - 2013)
- B.J. Dubose (2016)
- Toby Johnson (2016)
And that’s #90, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully the 80s will provide a little more excitement.
Who is the best Minnesota Viking to wear #90?
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Derrick Alexander (1995 - 1998)
Fred Evans (2007 - 2013)