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Who should be the next induction into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor?

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We’re getting to the point of the NFL offseason where, if the Minnesota Vikings are going to induct anyone into their Ring of Honor, they’ll be making an announcement about it. While the team doesn’t induct someone into the Ring of Honor every year, there are some players that should be put up there sooner rather than later.

To review, here is the complete Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor as things stand right now:

  • LB Matt Blair
  • RB Bill Brown
  • S Joey Browner
  • Coach Jerry Burns
  • WR Cris Carter
  • DE Chris Doleman
  • Coach Dennis Green
  • DE Carl Eller
  • GM Jim Finks
  • RB Chuck Foreman
  • Coach Bud Grant
  • S Paul Krause
  • DE Jim Marshall
  • G Randall McDaniel
  • WR Randy Moss
  • DT Alan Page
  • DT John Randle
  • OT Korey Stringer
  • LB Scott Studwell
  • WR Ahmad Rashad
  • QB Fran Tarkenton
  • C Mick Tingelhoff
  • OT Ron Yary
  • Trainer/Historian Fred Zamberletti

Last season, the Vikings made Coach Green a member of the Ring of Honor, the 24th man to be given that distinction. So, who should be #25? Here are a couple of suggestions that would appear to be worthy.

Grady Alderman, OT - Unfortunately, this would have to be a posthumous induction, as Alderman passed away in April of 2018. After spending his rookie year with the Detroit Lions, he was brought in by the expansion Vikings in 1961 and, in 14 seasons in Minnesota, started 177 games at left tackle. He was a six-time Pro Bowler for the Vikings, as well as a first-team All-Pro in 1969 and a second-team All-Pro in 1965.

Anthony Carter, WR - Carter had an outstanding career for the Vikings, leading the team in receptions in five of his first six seasons with the team. He had a ridiculous 1987 season, where he averaged a ridiculous 24.3 yards/catch in the strike-shortened year. In the playoffs that year, he put up what might have been the best individual performance in a playoff game in Vikings’ history, catching 10 passes for 227 yards in the team’s 36-24 upset of the San Francisco 49ers. Carter is fourth in Vikings’ history in receptions (478), and is third in team history in both receiving yardage (7,636) and receiving touchdowns (52).

Steve Jordan, TE - With apologies to Kyle Rudolph, Jordan is the best tight end in Vikings’ history. He’s caught more passes than any Viking not named Cris Carter or Randy Moss, as his 498 catches put him third in team history. He’s also currently sixth in team history with 6,307 receiving yards. Jordan was drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 1982 NFL Draft, and he spent his entire 13-year career in purple.

Kevin Williams, DT - After the 2003 NFL Draft, Williams was the guy that the Vikings took when they “screwed up” their potential trade with the Baltimore Ravens on draft day. I bet a lot of teams wish they could “screw up” a pick this badly. All Williams did in his 11 seasons in Minnesota was be named a five-time All-Pro and a six-time Pro Bowler, as well as a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s. He collected 63 sacks from the defensive tackle position, and even managed an impressive five interceptions. The one strike against Williams might be that he hasn’t been “away” long enough, as he retired after the 2015 season. He should be in Canton someday, but the Ring of Honor would be a nice consolation prize. . .for now.

Antoine Winfield, CB - The player that might be the best free agent signing in Vikings’ history, Winfield spent nine years with the Vikings after playing five seasons with the Buffalo Bills. A three-time Pro Bowler as a member of the Vikings, he was widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound tackler in the league during his career, and was an outstanding player for the Vikings despite his lack of size. Like Williams, he might have a disadvantage based on how long he’s been out of the game, as his last season was in 2012.

Roy Winston, LB - Another lifetime Viking, Winston was drafted by the Vikings in 1962 and played 15 seasons for Minnesota, retiring following the 1976 season. He is one of 11 players to play in all four of the Vikings’ Super Bowl appearances, starting in the first three.

Those are a few suggestions for players that could. . .and, probably, should. . .be a part of the Minnesota Vikings’ Ring of Honor. If the team is going to induct their 25th member this season, who should it be?

Poll

Who should the next member of the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor be?

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  • 8%
    OT Grady Alderman
    (218 votes)
  • 27%
    WR Anthony (not Cris) Carter
    (736 votes)
  • 18%
    TE Steve Jordan
    (492 votes)
  • 21%
    DT Kevin Williams
    (558 votes)
  • 15%
    CB Antoine Winfield
    (403 votes)
  • 4%
    LB Roy Winston
    (114 votes)
  • 4%
    Someone else (please specify in comments)
    (119 votes)
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