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Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers: #2

It’s not as bad as #6, but not far off, either.

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While we’ve already determined that the number 6 is the least productive number in the history of the Minnesota Vikings, the number 2 isn’t all that far off. Only four players have ever worn it, and two of them only wore it for one season (although Kai Forbath, who currently has the number, is going into his second). One player, punter Leo Araguz, was a Viking for all of two games in 2003, while kicker Teddy Garcia was a Viking for three games in 1989 (and, along with fellow kicker Dale Dawson, is one of only two Vikings to score a negative on Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value scale).

So, let’s take a brief look at the two most. . .uh, “productive”. . .players to ever wear this number for the Vikings.

Darren Bennett, P (2004 - 2005): Saying that Bennett was the punter in ‘05 is a stretch, as he only punted in one game for the Vikings that season before being replaced by Chris Kluwe. In his one full season, he averaged barely 39 yards/punt. Not great.

Kai Forbath, K (2016 - present): Stepped in after the Blair Walsh debacle in 2016 and was perfect on field goals, going 15-for-15. He did miss some extra points, but was a whole lot more consistent in the wake of Walsh’s collapse.

And that’s everyone, folks. Like I said, it’s not the least productive number in team history, but it’s certainly within shouting distance.

Vikings that have worn the number 2:

  • Teddy Garcia (1989)
  • Leo Araguz (2003)
  • Darren Bennett (2004 - 2005)
  • Kai Forbath (2016 - present)

Last, but not least, we will finally move on to the number 1 tomorrow, and the conclusion of the Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers series. We might move into coaches and things of that nature, even though they don’t really have numbers or anything.


Who is the greatest Viking to wear the number 2?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Darren Bennett (2004 - 2005)
    (69 votes)
  • 90%
    Kai Forbath (2016 - present)
    (675 votes)
744 votes total Vote Now