The Minnesota Vikings have had a lot of success over the years, despite never winning a Super Bowl title. However, many memorable legends were created and polished by this team. Here’s a compilation of some of the best Vikings from each of the 5 generations.
Traditionalists - Mick Tingelhoff
Mick Tingelhoff played as a center for the Minnesota Vikings. He was born on May 22, 1940, in Lexington Nebraska, and died on September 11, 2021. He signed with the team in 1962 and spent his entire 17-year career with the Vikings.
Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 237 pounds, he started in 240 successive games. He played in 4 Super Bowls. He started as a linebacker but was moved to center during the second preseason game.
He was labeled as a first-team All-Pro five times during the 1960s. Based on his gaming stats, and should he be a player today, handicap bets on NFL sportsbooks
would’ve been pretty profitable.
Baby Boomers - Randall McDaniel
Born on December 19, 1964, Randall McDaniel dominated the Vikings for an extended period. He played as a guard in the NFL for 14 seasons. He was drafted into the team in 1988 in the first round of the NFL draft and did so well that he was awarded the All-Rookie Honors.
He stayed with the Vikings until 1999. He had a streak of 202 starts in a row. He missed only 2 games in his career with the team thereby, gaining the title of Iron Man. He was the first Arizona player to be listed in the Hall of Fame in 2009
Generation X - Cris Carter
Christopher Darin Carter is regarded as one of the greatest receivers of all time. He played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles while still in college. He then moved to Minnesota Vikings and later Miami Dolphins briefly before retiring. Born November 25, 1965, he was raised in Ohio.
The most triumphant time of his career was when he was with the Vikings. He played in 9 Pro Bowls back-to-back. He was a 2-time first team and one-time second team. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Millennials - Chad Greenway
Chad Greenway spent his whole career playing for the Vikings as jersey number 52. Born on January 12, 1983, he was first drafted into the NFL in 2006. He stayed with the team for 11 years.
Pro Football Weekly named him as the first-team All-American Pro in 2004. He missed his entire 2006 NFL rookie season because of an injury. He completed his first season in 2007 with an impressive 105 tackles, 2 interceptions, and one touchdown.
During the 2011 season, he was chosen for his first Pro Bowl. The Vikings also made him their franchise player signing a $10.9 million contract. He retired in 2013.
Generation Z - Brian Asamoah II
The Vikings picked Brian Asamoah II
during round 3 of the 2022 NFL draft. He was taken as number 66. Brian opted to forego the Alamo Bowl in 2021, to prepare for the 2022 draft. This New Jersey native with a Ghanaian background is viewed as a fast and nimble linebacker. Born on March 29, 2000, he grew up with four other siblings.
This 6 feet, 1-inch athlete first redshirted in Oklahoma in college in 2018. In 2019, he led the team with 23 tackles and 2 sacks. In 2020, he started in 9 out of 11 games. In 2021, he played in 12 games. He had 90 tackles, plus two force tumbles. He was also a contender for the 2021 Butkus Award.
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