It’s Vikings Mt. Rushmore nomination time

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The process of nominating players from each franchise for 32 separate Mt. Rushmores moves from the NFC South to the NFC North.

And we’ll start the NFC North with the youngest of the four franchises, at 52.

Name your nominees below for the Vikings’ Mt. Rushmore.  Maybe voice of the Vikings Paul Allen will scream out the name of each of the finalists when the time comes for the official vote.

And we invite Packers fans to disrupt the process with sarcastic submissions (e.g., Troy Williamson, Brad Childress).  It’s safe to say Vikings fans will return the favor.

250 responses to “It’s Vikings Mt. Rushmore nomination time

  1. Brett Favre
    Darren Sharper
    Ryan Longwell
    Robert Ferguson

    – maybe Greg Jennings replaces Ferguson after this season. Wouldn’t be a Vikings Mt. Rushmore without a Packers obsession. Although Onterrio Smith is worthy as well.

  2. Going all old school here–

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Carl Eller
    Alan Page

    Not to disrespect the modern iterations of the Vikings, but these were the mainstays of the glory years. Even if those teams never won a Super Bowl, they were great.

    Honorable mention–

    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson
    Gene Washington
    Randy Moss

  3. Why not do the Purple Gang and be done with it?

    Seriously, though…Carl Eller, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton and (of course) Adrian Peterson.

    Honorable Mention, Joe Kapp.

  4. Man, this is going to be tough. There have been too many great players for us over the years.

    Here is my list: Fran Tarkenton, Ron Yary, Adrian Peterson, and Alan Page

    Just missed candidates: Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Cris Carter, Randal McDaniel, Paul Krause, Randy Moss.

  5. Fran Tarkenton
    Cris Carter
    Chris Doleman
    Randall McDaniel

    ________

    A couple very honorable mentions… Coach Bud Grant, took the team to 4 SB’s… John Randle… Carl Eller… and Adrian Peterson.

  6. Alan Page, Cris Carter, Randy Moss, and Fran Tarkenton.

    Adrian will be there in a few years

  7. This is tough!

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Johnny Randle
    Adrian Peterson

    Honorable Mention:
    Alan Page
    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss
    Randall McDaniel
    Carl Eller

  8. Easy….

    Tark – for obvious reasons
    Randle – so kids can climb up there and put his war paint on him from time to time
    Peterson – because he will go down as one of the 5 best RBs in NFL history
    Grant – because how can anyone older than 18 think of Vikings greats and not think of Bud Grant

    The hard part is leaving out so many all-time greats. Could we find a ring of mountains and put up 3 or 4 of these?

  9. Onterrio Smith (of Whizanator Fame)
    Korey Stringer-who gave it his all for the Vikings
    Fred Smoot/Bryant McKinnie – co captains of the Love boat
    4th place tie-Denny Green for sexual harassment or Chris Cook for beating up his girl friend.

  10. or alternatively
    1 Gary Anderson-who didn’t miss a FG for an entire season but managed to miss one in the NFC championship game that would have sealed the deal
    2 Brad Childress-12th man in the huddle fame.
    3 Bud Grant-0-4 in Superbowls.
    4 Nate Wright- for allowing Drew Pearson to push off.

  11. Anybody that gives in to the Dark Side and says Favre, remove yourself from WI ASAP!
    1. Tark
    2. C.C.
    3. Chris Dolemen
    4. Sacred Cow. A.K.A Randle

    This from a die hard Packer fan…

  12. Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    Fran Tarkington
    Adrian Peterson

    honorables: Joe Kapp, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Paul Krause, Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Stu Voigt, Mick Tinglehoff, Chris Doleman, Keith Millard, Gene Washington… I could go on all day.

  13. Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel. Almost went with Marshall or Randle over McDaniel. Hard to argue with 11 straight Pro Bowls, even if it is at OL. I hate to leave out Peterson but the lack of recognition for the older players in these posts for today’s players gets irritating. So not Peterson, not yet. In five years, absolutely.

  14. Purple People Eaters!

    They can sell other versions in the gift shop, but the mountain has to be the Purple People Eaters!

  15. Ron Yary. If you don’t know him, that’s on you.
    He was the first offensive lineman ever drafted #1 overall, 6 time pro bowler ect ect ect.
    Freakin’ stud.

  16. Ok. I’m not expert on the Vikings so feel free to rip.

    Adrian Peterson, Fran Tarkenton, Allen Page, and John Randle.

    Moss over Randle? I could see that.

    Personally, I think Joey Browner was the man, but I am not sure if he is a big enough name NFL wide.

  17. Percy Harvin
    Antoine Winfield
    Brett Favre (the master of the crackback block)
    Some guy named Adrian.
    Randy Moss
    Dennis Green
    Harmon Killebrew
    Ponder
    Uh, that’s all I got.

  18. whatjusthapped says: May 11, 2013 5:03 PM

    or alternatively
    1 Gary Anderson-who didn’t miss a FG for an entire season but managed to miss one in the NFC championship game that would have sealed the deal
    2 Brad Childress-12th man in the huddle fame.
    3 Bud Grant-0-4 in Superbowls.
    4 Nate Wright- for allowing Drew Pearson to push off.
    …………………………………………………………………

    Haha! Nicely done.

  19. – Bud Grant
    – Fran Tarkenton
    – JOHN RANDLE
    – Adrian Peterson

    Sorry, I had to emphasize Randle, he’s the one player I grew up with idolizing. The man was a beast on the field who played with great emotion and a motor that never stopped running…and was always hilarious whenever you could mic him up.

  20. You should only accept HOFers for this selection… my four are – John Randle, Cris Carter, Fran Tarkenton, and Alan Page. Once Adrian is a HOF he will move into the top 4, but until then that has to be a prerequisite.

  21. With these sad sack Viking candidates, now we know what the real Mt. Rushmore would look like like if it instead memorialized Herbert Hoover, Warren G. Harding, James Buchanan and Millard Fillmore.

  22. The four Vikings have to be:

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Carl Eller

    Peterson is making an irrefutable case to be the fifth member of the group. But, until he leads his team to 10 out of 11 division championships and 4 Super Bowls, he has to wait.

    Cris Carter is an embarrassment to the Hall of Fame. Even considering him for this list is an insult to all the truly great Vikings.

  23. From a recovered Lions fan, in this order:

    -Alan Page
    -Fran Tarkenton
    -Jim Marshall – because he gets no love even from Vikings fans
    Mick Tinglehoff -Vastly underrated institution at Center

    Sorry, cannot include Bud Grant. Marv Levy lost four Super Bowls but was not at fault for them. Grant’s stoic style and refusal to innovate on offense was at least as responsible as any other factor in those four losses. As far as Adrian Peterson, if he holds onto the ball and actually helps his team win something, we can revisit this.

  24. How sad that none of you “true” Vikings fans included Bill Brown on any of your lists.

  25. Bud Grant, Alan Page and Fran Tarjenton have to be there. Can’t leave them off. I would put John Randle in that last spot but it could go to a couple different people. I like Marshall there too.

    Mock one would be Troy Williamson, Herschel Walker, Jim Gallery and Erasmus James [that one hurts me too].

  26. Just like Mount Rushmore, each should represent a great man of his time…

    Ron Yary
    John Randall
    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

  27. Shouldn’t give Packer fans the benefit of the doubt of knowing football outside of Lambeau…

    Doug Brien
    Cris Dishman
    Henri Crockett
    Fran Foley

  28. 1. Fabio: wasn’t a Viking, but looked good
    2. Favre: sure, a Packer first, but makes the list because of those pics
    3. Sharper: a former Packer, but also really handsome
    4. Favre: did you see those pics? He gets on here twice
    5. R. Griffith: did some modeling – me and my buds like that stuff 🙂

  29. Best of all time:

    Coach: Bud Grant
    QB: Fran Tarkenton
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    WR: Randy Moss

  30. Mike florio and Bruce Allen. My guess is that they would both “humbly” accept that invite.

  31. If you guys aren’t including Tarkenton, you have no respect for your own team history–or the history of the league. And that’s coming from someone who thinks he’s kind of a jackass. But still …

  32. Coach Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Frank Tarkenton
    Alan Page

    Just missed the cut: Randy Moss, Cris Carter, John Randle, Randall McDaniel, Ron Yary

    This was a tough one. I think the Vikings (I admit I am a biased Minnesotan) are probably the most historically successful franchise that has not yet won a Superbowl championship.

  33. Most of the big ones are up the but I’d have to opt for Chuch Foreman over AP for now. I mean Peterson is still early in his career and this is going down in stone after all. He may finish his career in GB for all we know. I’m kind of old school anyway.
    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Chuck Foreman

  34. Geez, there are so damn many. It’s more comparable to walking through the Louvre at the many Greek statues instead of 4 Mt. Rushmore faces in the Black Hills.
    But, Florio, I choose:
    1. Adrian Peterson
    2. John Randle
    3. Alan Page
    4. Cordarrelle Patterson

  35. Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

    Honorable mention:
    Ron Yary
    Mick Tingelhoff
    Paul Krause
    Carl Eller
    Bobby Bryant

  36. Bud Grant
    Bud Grant
    Jim Marshall
    Alan Page
    Chuck Foreman
    Ron Yary
    Fran Tarkington
    Chris Carter
    John Randle
    Randle McDaniel
    Randy Moss
    Adrian Peterson

  37. filthymcnasty1 says:

    Chris Kluwe
    Libarace
    Barney Frank
    Anderson Cooper

    I’m pretty sure Libarace would be insulted, he was at least talented in his profession.

  38. Grant, Tarkenton, Page, Peterson

    Eller, Randle, Doleman, J Allen, C. Carter, Moss, McDaniel, Yary, Zimmerman, Randle & Krause. Plus guys like Marshall, Tinglehoff, Millard, K. Williams, Browner, E McDaniel, Reed, A Carter, Rashad, Foreman, R. Smith, etc., etc…

    How is it we haven’t been able to capture just one Lombardi Trophy yet??? Oh the tortured lives we lead as Vikings fans. Still been fun though!

  39. Gonna be hard to pick only 4 for the Packers when it’s their turn. According to their fans every packer who has ever played is the greatest ever and if it werent for the refs they would be undefeated every year. I bet Tony Mandarich, Justin Harrell, Ahmad Carroll and Jermichael Finley are the leading candidate for that flawless franchise’s Mt Rushmore. we

  40. Eric the Red
    Lief Erickson
    Those guys on the Capitol One commercial
    Thor’s decendants

    Honorable mention to the Buffalo Bills for losing 4 “straight” super bowls, letting the vikings of the hook as being the biggest SB losers.

  41. have to have grant, tark, and page the 4th is tough how about mick tingelhoff the best player to play his entire career with vikings

  42. To the classless Packer fans. (many of you aren’t)

    Statements like

    “Korey Stringer-who gave it his all for the Vikings”

    Which make a mockery of the tragic death of who was by all accounts i am aware of a great person and teammate…. is frankly garbage.

    The venom on this site is absurd. You are ruining what could be a great community.

    There is a place for criticism. I would suggest at a minimum you have a valid point. I would like to think the majority of us would insist you not disparage a dead man who you have come to conclude brings shame to a team.

    Korey Stringer had a family, Korey Stringer did nothing I am aware of to assert shame.

    Korey Stringer’s death was a sad day for myself personally I remember the morning I heard it still. I am sure many others feel far more sadness than me.

    I implore everyone to try and bring things up a level and reverse the slide and get back to talking real football.

  43. Bud Grant
    Jim Marshall
    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson (although, since he plays for MN, shouldn’t it be Petersen?)

    By the way, looking at that photo, they should never had screwed around with those classic uniforms; totally lost their identity with their new ones and the Disney ones they replaced.

  44. I’ve been waiting for this one…here’s my breakdown by position with my Mt. Rushmore at the end.

    Coach – Bud Grant
    so far and away over any other coach that he’s the only name that deserves to be listed here, plus he played in both the NBA and NFL
    QB – Fran Tarkenton
    same as above—no other QB close in terms of both longevity and production
    RB – Adrian Peterson, Chuck Foreman, Robert Smith, Bill Brown
    Peterson easily top dog, but some other good RB’s
    OL – Randall McDaniel, Ron Yary, Mick Tingelhoff, Matt Birk, Grady Alderman
    McDaniel tops, Yary & Tingelhoff 2a and 2b (it’s a shame Tingelhoff is not in the HOF), and Birk and Alderman even – honorable mentions to Gary Zimmerman and Steve Hutchinson who just didn’t have enough longevity with Vikings to make the list
    WR – Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Anthony Carter, Sammy White, Ahmad Rashad
    Carter may have the best hands of all time – Moss could have pushed for top billing if he had been with Vikes longer and hadn’t been a head case at times
    TE – Jim Kleinsasser, Steve Jordan, Joe Senser, Stu Voigt
    Kleinsasser gets my nod here just because he’s a NoDak boy and because he was such a devastating blocker (basically an extra OL), but Jordan would be 1b
    DL – Alan Page, John Randle, Carl Eller, Chris Doleman, Jim Marshall, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen
    by far the deepest position for Vikings, probably should have split DE’s and DT’s, I would have Page as #1, with Randle Eller and Doleman, and Marshall, Williams and Allen would probably be making top 3 in many other teams—it’s just a shame that Marshall is most remembered for his “wrong-way” run, he’s the one other Viking I think should be a HOFer
    LB – Matt Blair, Scott Studwell, Jeff Siemon, Chad Greenway
    Blair is easily top choice, Studwell gets nod over Siemon for 2nd for his work in front office in addition to playing days; Greenway is still in his prime and could move up
    CB – Antoine Winfield, Bobby Bryant, Carl Lee, Ed Sharockman
    may be biased toward Winfield because I just loved his ferocity and how he attacked guys but I would definitely listen to arguments for top 3 being switched around
    S – Paul Krause, Joey Browner, Robert Griffith
    Krause 1a and Browner 1b with Griffith distant third
    K – Fred Cox, Ryan Longwell, Gary Anderson
    Cox heads the list based on longevity (can’t compare stats since it was a whole different era) with Longwell edging Anderson for second spot – honorable mention to Fuad Reveiz, who gets bonus points for picking up a late hit penalty against the Redskins in a PRESEASON game in 1992
    P – Greg Coleman, Chris Kluwe
    even though Kluwe’s average was better, he had the benefit of the Metrodome for his entire tenure with Vikes and played in an era where averages were higher, so my nod goes to Coleman

    My picks for the Vikes Mt. Rushmore: Bud Grant, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton, Adrian Peterson (the 3 Vikes to win an AP NFL MVP award plus the iconic coach)
    My mini-Mt. Rushmore (2nd tier) Randall McDaniel, Cris Carter, John Randle, Carl Eller

  45. My honest opinion would be:
    Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Randy Moss

    My gut opinion would be:
    Bill Brown
    Jerry Burns
    Jim Marshall
    Randall McDaniel

    Honorable mention for gut opinion:
    Carl Eller
    Fran Tarkenton
    Joey Browner
    Ron Yary

  46. To be on this list, you should need to have owned at least 1 NFL record at some point in your career:

    Fran Tarkenton (Most Career Passing Yds and TD Passes, etc.)
    Jim Marshall (Most Consecutive games played, most career fumbles recovered)
    Paul Krause (Most career Ints)
    Adrian Peterson (Most yards rushing in a game)

  47. Wow…..the Packer trolls are pathetic even by their standards on this one. I’m REAAAALLLLY looking forward to the Packer’s turn. It will be tough to narrow down the Packer’s greats to just four (and I am interested to see how often certain players come up…), but let’s face it, there are more than enough monumental failures to list, as well.

    For example…..Do Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg get to be considered just as successful players, or do you have to consider the 13 years of terrible teams that they coached? Does Starr take some of the heat from Devine for the John Hadl trade? Who was the bigger bust, Barry Smith the WR at #21 in ’73, or Barty Smith the RB at #12 in ’74? How about Rich Cambell, Jerry Tagge, Don Horn, and Randy Duncan, since the Packer fans are so proud of their drafted and developed QBs.

  48. Saying this as a Packer fan, Duante Culpepper could’ve been of of the greatest ever had that horrific knee injury not derailed his career.

    Otherwise, I’m laughing at the state of their franchise today. Not since the Lions wasted Billy Sims, then Barry Sanders back-to-back, have I witnessed the waste of a great running back.

  49. Can’t wait for the washington racists Mt. Rushmore to come up….. Pochahontas etc.
    No “logical” “voice” can “say” that that isn’t the most racist team name in all of sorts. An utter disgrace.

  50. My list really couldn’t have just four faces on the mountain too many great Vikings to list only four

    Bud Grant but a great coach all in all .

    Carl Eller his nose is worthy of putting on a mountain .

    Bill Brown , the crew cut just has to be on there . The guy wore short sleeve shirts when he played

    Randy Mosses butt facing east to wisc giving the packers the moon has to be there as well .

  51. 1) Bud Grant 2) Alan Page 3) Fran Tarkenton 4) Adrian Peterson. Honorable Mention : 5) Chris Carter 6) Carl Eller 7) Jim Marshall 8) Paul Krause 9) Mick Tingelhoff 10) Randall McDaniel

  52. Jim Marshall
    Alan Page
    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss
    Adrian Peterson
    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Chris Doleman
    Randall McDaniel
    John Randle
    Carl Eller

    Any one of those four–tough to whittle down.

  53. How would you begin to find four names out of that cess-pool of no talent losers.

  54. In no particular order:

    -Les Steckel

    -Herschel Walker

    -The Vikings #1 picks between 1989-92~ oh wait, they didn’t have #1 picks then, they traded for LB Mike Merriweather & Herschel Walker

    -Kenechi Udeze

    **Honorable Mention**- Archie Manning- finished his career as a Viking after 1984 season (3-13)

  55. Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    John Randle

    2nd team:

    Jared Allen
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton
    Chuck Foreman

  56. Just carve Purple People Eaters into the mountain. Some people hate that phrase, but I always heard it as a kid, describing the team when they went to the Super Bowls and sadly never won.

  57. nachoface says:
    May 11, 2013 9:32 PM

    Otherwise, I’m laughing at the state of their franchise today. Not since the Lions wasted Billy Sims, then Barry Sanders back-to-back, have I witnessed the waste of a great running back.
    —————–
    Luckily for you, as a Packer fan, witnessing anything about a great running back just isn’t a problem you have to worry about.

  58. tokyosanbblaster says:
    May 11, 2013 7:40 PM
    1. filthymcnasty1
    2. his double-wide
    3. his “tailgating”
    4. his “friend”, whatjusthapped
    5. his cheese wedge kneepads
    ————
    Whoa – you guys do have your own way of showing your … enthusiasm.

  59. Nachoface,
    Speaking of Barry Sanders, didn’t the Packers draft Tony Mandarich instead of him? Nice whiff. The only player who used more roids than Clay Matthews. Keep it classy GB.

  60. 1. Jim Marshall
    2. Cris Carter
    3. John Randle
    4. A.P.

    Randy Moss should have made the list but he’s such an A-hole, I had to demote him.

  61. There have been so many great players in the history of the Vikings, it’s really not possible to just have four. Maybe a whole mountain range, organized by position:

    Defensive line:
    Alan Page
    Carl Eller
    John Randle
    Chris Doleman

    Offensive line:
    Ron Yary
    Randall McDaniel
    Steve Hutchinson
    Gary Zimmerman
    Mick Tingelhoff or Matt Birk

    Running back:
    Adrian Peterson
    Robert Smith
    Chuck Foreman
    Bill Brown

    Wide Receiver:
    Randy Moss
    Cris Carter
    Ahmad Rashad
    Anthony Carter

    You get the idea. Feel free to play along at home.

  62. – honorable mention to Fuad Reveiz, who gets bonus points for picking up a late hit penalty against the Redskins in a PRESEASON game in 1992

    Best preseason play ever!!!

  63. There seems to be a bit of a misconception related to the number of arrests by Lions players that the average uneducated NFL fan does not comprehend. It may result from a biased media, a skewed perspective, or just utter lack of knowledge on one’s own part.

    Case in point, the following is a breakdown of the number of arrests by team in the NFC North alone, from 2001 to 2011:
    Vikings – 34
    Bears – 19
    Packers – 13
    Lions – 7

    If these numbers are not recent enough to make the point, the Vikings have had 10 arrests since the beginning of 2011 to present and the Lions have had 7.

    Try to take an objective look at things before you start spewing out your uneducated opinions.

  64. nachoface says: May 11, 2013 9:32 PM

    Otherwise, I’m laughing at the state of their franchise today. Not since the Lions wasted Billy Sims, then Barry Sanders back-to-back, have I witnessed the waste of a great running back.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    “the state of their franchise today”??

    You mean being predicted to be in the bottom three (not third, but three) teams in the league, coming off a 3-13 record, and improving by seven games and making the playoffs instead? Sending seven players, with another four that could have gone, to the Pro Bowl?

    The Vikes have been to the playoffs three of the six seasons Peterson has been in their backfield. If it wasn’t for numerous horrible calls (acknowledged by the league) he would have also played in a Super Bowl. Only one team is crowned champion each year, and many a great player has not felt the joy of that feat.

  65. Now heres a tough top 4 selections (sorry Bucs/Falcons) but here i go…
    1Randy Moss
    2Fran Tarkenton
    3Paul Krause
    4Cris Carter

    So many good players people are gonna be left off…

  66. Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Frank Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Chris Charter
    John Randall
    cant decide!

  67. Another team with an amazing history. Narrowing down to just 4 is really difficult.

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Carl Eller

    Tough calls:
    Bud Grant
    John Randle
    Chris Carter
    Randy Moss

  68. Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Carl Eller
    Jim Marshall

    As a Packer Fan, I was swaying between who I hated to see line up against the team I support and who I loved watching play against the Bucs, Bear or Lions.

  69. This is a tough one.

    Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

    I think those three are givens.

    The last spot I can’t call between Cris Carter and Fran Tarkenton.

    Carter is in the discussion with Randy Moss as the second best receiver ever, and Fran Tarkenton was the best QB this team ever had.

    It would be fitting if there were no QBs on the Vike’s Mt. Rushmore.

  70. Say what you want about the Vikings, but they have had a ton of all pro football players. I can probably name thirty guys who could be on this list of four.

    Some of the less media hyped guys you may not see above that could easily be considered

    Ron Yary
    Paul Krause
    Anthony carter
    Amad rashad
    Randall McDaniel
    Matt Birk
    Korey Stringer
    Kevin Williams
    Antoine Winfield

  71. Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton
    Eventually Adrian Peterson but for now Randall McDaniel
    Cris Carter

    This is a tougher one to do.

  72. Marshall’s head would be backwards because he was looking the wrong way!!

    Just put the Purple People Eater’s up there and be done with. Then a plaque for Bud Grant.

  73. do the Vikings even have 4? I bet they threw on that idiot who rides that motorcycle around the stadium OO oh maybe the guy who hits the button on that annoying horn sound they play

    don’t forget moss!!

  74. It is tough because this expansion team hasn’t had any really great players and none of the off field people deserve anything. How about:

    Korey Stringer

    Karl Kassulke

    Dimitrious Underwood

    Herschel Walker

  75. The one good thing Brad Childress did do for this organization is make so many stupid on the fly decisions (like trading a 3rd round pick for moss and then cutting him 4 weeks later) that he forced the Wilf’s to finally get a freaking GM for our organization. It only took about 50 years! Just ask Dallas how fun it is to not have a GM.

  76. Bud Grant
    Randall McDaniel
    Paul Krause
    Fran Tarkenton

    HM:
    Foreman
    Moss
    Peterson
    Eller
    Page
    Randle
    Doleman
    Blair
    Studwell
    C. Carter
    A. Carter
    Yary

  77. Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    Joey Browner
    Adrian Peterson

    Grant and Page for the old glory, Browner and All Day because I love the way they play and have enjoyed watching them play the most! You might also make the argument that these are 4 of the best characters the Vikings have had, as in zero controversies…which is why my other favorite player to ever watch play didn’t make the list.

  78. 1. Peterson

    2. Page

    3. Randle

    4. Moss
    Even though he’s was a punk he changed the Vikings offense when he was drafted. No one could stop him.

  79. nflgreedleague says:May 11, 2013 7:03 PM

    Most of the big ones are up the but I’d have to opt for Chuch Foreman over AP for now. I mean Peterson is still early in his career and this is going down in stone after all.
    _______

    Foreman played six years for the Vikings and Peterson just finished his sixth year.

  80. Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton
    Randy Moss (Afro)
    Adrian Peterson

    The Purple People Eaters almost should have their own Rushmore.

  81. Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton

    Honorable mention:
    Adrian Peterson
    Chris Carter
    Carl Eller
    Jim Marshall
    Chuck Foreman

  82. no offense but this isn’t really a historic franchise and I find myself struggling to come up with a true 4 worth candidates for the mt. rushmore.

    If I was I would put on:

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Cris Carter (btw I think he mispelled his first name and just kept it)
    Alan Page

    Peterson has played what 4 years? He is already on there?

    I like Eller, Marshall, Randle but if I was to pick one it would be Page. Also like Randall McDaniel, one of the best guards of all time IMO.

  83. This is extremely difficult:

    Cris Carter
    AP
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton

    Honorable Mention:
    John Randle
    Alan Page
    Randall McDaniel
    Bud Grant
    Carl Eller
    Jared Allen (with 1-2 more strong years)
    Kevin Williams

    Harvin couldn’t been in this conversation some day. What a turd.

  84. Adrian Peterson
    Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    John Randle

    I would say yes to Moss had his second go around not been such a debacle.

  85. The Best Vikings

    Adrian Peterson = Best RB, Still Going Strong
    Cris Carter = Best WR + Hands in the NFL
    John Randle = Most Sacks (114) by a Viking, Thee Most Dominant Defensive Player
    Fran Tarkenton = Best QB

    Honorable Mention is Bud Grant
    Got us 4 S.B. Shots, but got out coached each time

  86. Moss contributed for what, 3 years?

    He says this franchise will never win a super bowl.
    Then he says, as a Viking, how great a coach Belicheat is.

    Moss was good when he was good but he could have been so much better had he possessed the character and work ethic of Adrian Peterson.

    He DEFINITELY does not deserve to be a member of the Vikings Mt. Rushmore.

  87. This one is really tough, but here’s a shot…

    Fran Tarkenton
    Cris Carter
    Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson

    H.M: John Randle, Alan Page, Randall McDaniel, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall

    Actually, any or all of those honorable mentions could replace my actual list.

  88. Bud Grant; Fran Tarkenton; Carl Eller; Alan Page; and, Paul Krause. If he had stayed, Moss; if he does stay, Peterson in place of Krause.

  89. The Vikings have only had 3 MVP’s ever in history:

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

    They are all LOCKS

    So we are really only debating about the 4th head…

    Bud Grant it is unless it has to be players only…

    Then it’s Randy Moss

  90. I think you have to favor old school- or those no longer playing- for this type of award, so I won’t include AP or other current players (although he certainly deserves it otherwise). My picks:

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Bud Grant
    Ron Yary

    The first two are locks in any case. Competition for the last two spots would also include:

    Joe Kapp, Jim Marshall, Carl Eller, Chris Carter, John Randle, Randle McDaniel…

    Among current players, certainly AP, Kevin Williams, Chad Greenway, Antoine Winfield and Jared Allen would be good candidates.

  91. Interesting factoid:

    Christian Ponder passed for 13 touchdowns in 2011. That was second only to Fran Tarkenton (18 in 1961) among rookies in Vikings history.

    From the 2013 Vikings Calendar

  92. …and what about Kliensausser. Doesn’t have the stats, not as flashy, but one hell of a model citizen.

  93. The Core Four:

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Jim Marshall

    Honorable Mentions:

    Way Too Many! Sorry!

  94. Jim Freaking Marshall!
    Sir Francis Tarkenton
    Batman (aka John Randle)
    The quiet one – Randall McDaniel

    I excluded coaching and current players.

  95. Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Randy Moss

    Vikings had many great players, so I went with the 3 players awarded NFL MVP, and the second best WR of all time.

  96. Sven
    Bjorn
    Lars
    Ragnar

    Tough one…Leif, Knute and Rolf just missed out. Gunnar and Thorsten were also considered. Olaf was left off because of his off-field problems and Eric, on many lists, is egregiously over-rated.

  97. OK…just kidding. My real list…

    Eric Bloodaxe
    Knut the Great
    Haakon the Good
    Tie: Harald Bluetooth and his son
    Sven Forkbeard

    Eric the Victorious was right up there as were Harald Hardrada and Thorkel the Tall. Leif Ericson and Eric the Red were too limited being New World specialists. Olaf II Haraldson did great things on Sundays but just mailed it in the rest of the week. A shout out to Snorri Sturluson who never was on the field but filed some great stories.

  98. I can’t bring myself to nominate a coach with no rings. As great as Bud Grant was, he never got over the hump.

    Randall McDaniel
    Adrian Peterson
    Randy Moss
    Alan Page

    Those are the 4 best players in the history of the franchise, all of them are in the discussion for the best of all time at their position.

    I know right away people don’t want to see Moss because he was difficult at times. But his career averages are the best of all time. In his seven seasons with the Vikings, he averaged 82 catches for 1306 yards and 13 TDs. Rice’s numbers in his first 7 seasons with the 49ers were 75-1296-13. (Rice’s receptions and yardage go up to 88 and 1365 when you stretch the sample period out to 12 seasons.) He had a greater impact on the game of football than any Viking. The only one in his league in terms of impact is Tarkenton, but you don’t hear anyone arguing for him as the best to ever play QB. Not that anyone really does for Moss, but the evidence is there.

    The other three are obvious. Best interior offensive lineman of all time in McDaniel, an MVP from the defensive tackle positions Alan Page, and clearly the most gifted running back to ever play, Adrian Peterson.

  99. Its hard to narrow it down but the four best players for the vikings in my opinion would be

    Fran Tarkenton

    Allan Page

    Adrian Peterson

    Randy Moss

    However Bud Grant, Jim finks and Max winter could be added for being huge factors in bringing football to minnesota and for building and coaching the great teams of the 70s. But if its just players then the four above

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