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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.

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  1. chemicaltoilet says: May 11, 2013 4:42 PM

    Adrian Peterson…enough said

  2. sonofsamadams says: May 11, 2013 4:44 PM

    Johnny Awasom better be up there

  3. rightwingguy says: May 11, 2013 4:44 PM

    Allen Page, Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, John Randle.

  4. jhein23 says: May 11, 2013 4:45 PM

    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.

  5. bigal1952 says: May 11, 2013 4:45 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Carl Eller
    Jim Marshall

  6. olhoss1884 says: May 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    Bud Grant, Alan Page, Fran Tarjenton, John Randle

  7. calihanology says: May 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    AAdrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss
    John Randle

  8. iluvbears says: May 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    Alan Page, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson, Fran Tarkenton

  9. ad2k13 says: May 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    Fran Tarkenton, Bud Grant, Adrian Peterson, Cris Carter

  10. rblunck says: May 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    Two Can Tommy Kramer
    Whiskey Wade Wilson
    Keith “2 DUIs” Millard
    Fred Smoot

  11. mazblast says: May 11, 2013 4:48 PM

    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

  12. revskip says: May 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Jim Marshall
    Chris Carter
    John Randle

  13. logicalvoicesays says: May 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    Hgh, a syringe, cream and the clear and the doctor who found the way around the drug tests for Adrian cheaterson. #foreverringlesscheaters

  14. 21stnprime says: May 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    fran tark, AP, Cris Carter, and alan page

  15. coreyn23 says: May 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    Bud Grant
    John Randle
    Cris Carter
    Fran the Man

  16. mattbydlon says: May 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Randy Moss
    Randall McDaniel

  17. lks311 says: May 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    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.

  18. pack4gop says: May 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    Should be just one…..Florio! The biggest Vikings homer on this site.

  19. hardcorevikesfan says: May 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    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.

  20. hunter1500 says: May 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page

  21. skinsrock says: May 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    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.

  22. bdawks20 says: May 11, 2013 4:52 PM

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

    Adrian will be there in a few years

  23. vikesorgtfo says: May 11, 2013 4:52 PM

    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson

  24. ss9boxer says: May 11, 2013 4:52 PM

    Tarkington, Krause, Marshall, Peterson

  25. swang0d says: May 11, 2013 4:53 PM

    This is tough!

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Johnny Randle
    Adrian Peterson

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

  26. gnarlswoodson says: May 11, 2013 4:54 PM

    Im not even taking the bait on this one….

    Gary Anderson

  27. snoop0323 says: May 11, 2013 4:54 PM

    Tarkenton
    Eller
    Carter
    Paige

  28. twayward says: May 11, 2013 4:56 PM

    Grant, Page, Eller & Tarkenton

  29. brewdogg says: May 11, 2013 4:56 PM

    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?

  30. whatjusthapped says: May 11, 2013 4:57 PM

    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.

  31. odinonourside says: May 11, 2013 4:59 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

  32. irishfan109 says: May 11, 2013 4:59 PM

    Tarkenton
    Moss
    Peterson
    McDaniel

  33. mz1394 says: May 11, 2013 4:59 PM

    The 2 first round picks they were passed over 2 years in a row , Demetrius underwood and Tavaris Jackson

  34. mendenhallfumblemachine says: May 11, 2013 5:00 PM

    T Jack
    Percy Harvin
    Bernard Berrian
    Troy Williamson

  35. 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.

  36. onbucky96 says: May 11, 2013 5:04 PM

    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…

  37. roadbiscuit says: May 11, 2013 5:05 PM

    Brett Favre

  38. mgr4fun says: May 11, 2013 5:05 PM

    Coach Grant
    Alan Page
    Chris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

  39. stperson220 says: May 11, 2013 5:05 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton
    Bud Gran

  40. boomtruckdriverguy says: May 11, 2013 5:05 PM

    Onterrio Smith
    Chris Cook
    Fred Smoot
    Bryant McKinnie

    Runners-up: Troy Williamson and Erasmus James

  41. sdyarbrough says: May 11, 2013 5:07 PM

    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.

  42. andrewsherylandharry says: May 11, 2013 5:08 PM

    Fred Smoot’s hooker
    Bryant Mckinnie’s hooker
    Randy Moss’s hooker
    Red ‘Purple Pride’ McCombs.

  43. blizzard01 says: May 11, 2013 5:09 PM

    Bud grant
    Fran tarkenton
    Alan page
    Adrian peterson

  44. dietrich43 says: May 11, 2013 5:10 PM

    Yary
    McDaniel
    Marshall
    Peterson

  45. mndeadhead says: May 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    Bud Grant
    Allen Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Randall McDaniel

  46. vikesalltheway says: May 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    Chris Carter, Paul Krause, Adrian Peterson, and jared Allen

  47. lambeauleaper says: May 11, 2013 5:16 PM

    Instead of Mt Rushmore, they should be all sitting in the love boat…

  48. blink12082 says: May 11, 2013 5:16 PM

    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.

  49. istateyourname says: May 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    Purple People Eaters!

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

  50. thetooloftools says: May 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    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.

  51. shnuskis says: May 11, 2013 5:20 PM

    Demitrious Underwood
    Corey Stringer
    Bryant McKinnie
    Chris Cook

  52. mcmlvi88 says: May 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    Alan Page
    John Randle
    Jared Allen
    Adrian Peterson

  53. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: May 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Adrian Peterson
    Brett Farve
    Adrian Peterson

  54. kingpel says: May 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    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.

  55. iowaneedsprosports says: May 11, 2013 5:25 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    Alan Page
    Cannot leave out Jim Kleinsasser!

  56. seaeagle707 says: May 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    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.

  57. strokeytheclown says: May 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    How any of you can include Favre on this list should be insulting to any true Viking fan. This man used you all!

  58. kingpel says: May 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    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.

  59. raiderinva says: May 11, 2013 5:29 PM

    If Jim Marshall makes it will they put him on the wrong way?

  60. kevinwi says: May 11, 2013 5:29 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Allen Page
    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

  61. tbaggins79 says: May 11, 2013 5:30 PM

    - 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.

  62. jm9ulose says: May 11, 2013 5:31 PM

    Tarkenton, Randle, Cris Carter, Peterson

  63. northstar23 says: May 11, 2013 5:32 PM

    Cris Carter, John Randle, Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss. Boom!!!!

  64. filthymcnasty1 says: May 11, 2013 5:35 PM

    This is turning into a pretty sad list. There’s not a single championship winner in the bunch.

  65. uprandall says: May 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    Tarkenton
    Page
    Eller
    Krause
    Tingelhoff

  66. tooz72 says: May 11, 2013 5:40 PM

    there were soooo many great players during those Bud Grant years

  67. kevin0822 says: May 11, 2013 5:41 PM

    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.

  68. filthymcnasty1 says: May 11, 2013 5:42 PM

    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.

  69. gurnblanstonreturns says: May 11, 2013 5:43 PM

    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.

  70. wildcatwr36 says: May 11, 2013 5:44 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    John Randle

  71. dalanz28 says: May 11, 2013 5:44 PM

    Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Paul Krause

  72. 804viking says: May 11, 2013 5:47 PM

    The three MVP’s:
    Page
    Peterson
    Tarkenton

    and of course Randy Moss as #4

    Honorable Mention:
    Bud Grant

  73. holdup08 says: May 11, 2013 5:48 PM

    Fran Tarkenton, Bud Grant, John Randle, Cris Carter

  74. newkc says: May 11, 2013 5:48 PM

    Carl Eller
    Fran Tarkenton
    Bud Grant
    Paul Krause

  75. musicman495 says: May 11, 2013 5:48 PM

    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.

  76. mackcarrington says: May 11, 2013 5:55 PM

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

  77. buckybadger says: May 11, 2013 5:58 PM

    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].

  78. ewurm says: May 11, 2013 5:58 PM

    Wasswa Serwanga
    Spergon Wynn
    Onterrio Smith
    Ragnar

  79. auroraborealisfan says: May 11, 2013 6:00 PM

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

    Ron Yary
    John Randall
    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

  80. wheezerswin says: May 11, 2013 6:01 PM

    Rich Gannon, Wade Wilson, Brad Johnson and Sean Salisbury steak!!!!

  81. 1bucfan says: May 11, 2013 6:02 PM

    Tarkenton…Peterson….Krause….Page

  82. treydogg97 says: May 11, 2013 6:05 PM

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

    Doug Brien
    Cris Dishman
    Henri Crockett
    Fran Foley

  83. youngs79 says: May 11, 2013 6:12 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

  84. tokyosanbblaster says: May 11, 2013 6:13 PM

    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 :)

  85. nagasakee says: May 11, 2013 6:17 PM

    Best of all time:

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

  86. johnnyb216 says: May 11, 2013 6:24 PM

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

  87. mnajb says: May 11, 2013 6:24 PM

    Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Adrian Peterson, John Randle

  88. tpa43 says: May 11, 2013 6:32 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss

  89. Deb says: May 11, 2013 6:33 PM

    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 …

  90. bcgreg says: May 11, 2013 6:35 PM

    Alan Page, Adrian Peterson, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Marshall

  91. mnjoemama says: May 11, 2013 6:38 PM

    Ap
    Alan page
    John randle
    Greg Jennings ! Skol baby

  92. spiderperv says: May 11, 2013 6:38 PM

    1) Tippin’ Tommy Kramer
    2) Uncle Burnsie
    3) “Super Bowl Homeboy” Moss
    4) The Ed Thorpe trophy

  93. pinion8ted says: May 11, 2013 6:44 PM

    How on earth did all of you overlook the Skipper of the Love Boat?

  94. elliottcovert says: May 11, 2013 6:49 PM

    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.

  95. razon04 says: May 11, 2013 6:57 PM

    The starting point should be the Super Bowl winning teams….ehhhhhh…..never mind.

  96. ndnut says: May 11, 2013 6:58 PM

    Tarkenton, Peterson, Randle, Eller.

  97. filthymcnasty1 says: May 11, 2013 6:58 PM

    Chris Kluwe
    Libarace
    Barney Frank
    Anderson Cooper

  98. vikingjedi says: May 11, 2013 7:02 PM

    Bud Grant
    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss
    Adrian Peterson

  99. odinsundin says: May 11, 2013 7:02 PM

    Bud Grant
    Jim Marshall
    Carl Eller
    Adrian Peterson

  100. 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. 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

  101. GenXJay says: May 11, 2013 7:11 PM

    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

  102. kennyrogerschicken says: May 11, 2013 7:11 PM

    Jerry Burns

    Everyone else is irrelevant.

  103. fwippel says: May 11, 2013 7:21 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

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

  104. antalicus says: May 11, 2013 7:27 PM

    Frank tarkenton
    adrian peterson
    Jared allen – with mullet
    randy moss – with fro

  105. dklohse says: May 11, 2013 7:33 PM

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

  106. whatjusthapped says: May 11, 2013 7:34 PM

    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.

  107. truthserum4u says: May 11, 2013 7:38 PM

    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!

  108. fletcher08 says: May 11, 2013 7:39 PM

    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Bud Grant
    Carl Eller

  109. siggtacular says: May 11, 2013 7:39 PM

    I’m a ravens fan: but here it goes… Randy Moss, Jared Allen, Cris Carter, Tarkenton

  110. dirtyharry44 says: May 11, 2013 7:40 PM

    Tarkenton
    Page
    Krause
    Bud Grant

  111. 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

  112. vikes8480 says: May 11, 2013 7:42 PM

    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

  113. lakermetskins says: May 11, 2013 7:45 PM

    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.

  114. shaggytoodle says: May 11, 2013 7:47 PM

    Fred Smoot, Bryant McKinney, Culpepper, and Moe Williams.

  115. vikechurch says: May 11, 2013 7:48 PM

    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

  116. blowpackblow says: May 11, 2013 7:50 PM

    Fuad Reveiz
    Donald Iguebueke
    Christian Ponder
    Brock Lesnar

  117. shaggytoodle says: May 11, 2013 7:53 PM

    Fred SMOOOOOOOOT

  118. shl4vikes says: May 11, 2013 8:03 PM

    Jim Marshall or Bud Grant

  119. pcarlson77 says: May 11, 2013 8:03 PM

    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.

  120. ninerfaithful75 says: May 11, 2013 8:04 PM

    fran tarkenton, Adrian Peterson, Chris Carter, john randle

  121. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 11, 2013 8:10 PM

    Peterson
    Randle
    Moss
    Carter

  122. hess97 says: May 11, 2013 8:15 PM

    eller
    page
    moss
    carter

    peterson (eventually)

  123. 7ransponder says: May 11, 2013 8:17 PM

    Awww, look at all the cute Packer fans trying to be funny. It’s like a first grader trying to tell a knock-knock joke – adorable.

  124. crf4dan says: May 11, 2013 8:17 PM

    Bud Grant
    Frank Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter

  125. thenew013 says: May 11, 2013 8:18 PM

    randy moss, AP and cris carter

  126. threedeep1998 says: May 11, 2013 8:20 PM

    Stringer (RIP)
    Bud Grant
    Tark
    Randle

  127. norvturnersneck says: May 11, 2013 8:22 PM

    Tark
    Moss
    Carter
    Randle

  128. inyofaceagain says: May 11, 2013 8:31 PM

    Brett Favre. Dennis Green. Chris Walsh. Dante Culpepper

    KIDDING… its

    All Day
    Randy Moss
    Cris Carter
    John Randle

  129. 28for20 says: May 11, 2013 8:34 PM

    Page, Marshall , Peterson, Tingelhoff, Tarkenton.

  130. vikemike says: May 11, 2013 8:42 PM

    John Randle
    Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson

  131. milwaukeeguy says: May 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    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.

  132. 7ransponder says: May 11, 2013 8:53 PM

    Moss, Tarkenton, Peterson, Eller

  133. nodaknorseman says: May 11, 2013 8:56 PM

    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

  134. vikingarsk says: May 11, 2013 9:08 PM

    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

  135. tomcat47 says: May 11, 2013 9:19 PM

    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)

  136. brewdogg says: May 11, 2013 9:24 PM

    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.

  137. lnfinite says: May 11, 2013 9:30 PM

    Alan Page
    Paul Krause
    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

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

    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.

  139. voiceofauthority4343 says: May 11, 2013 9:35 PM

    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.

  140. tommygjohns33 says: May 11, 2013 9:53 PM

    Adrian Peterson, bud Grant, alan page, chris Carter

  141. geddybagins says: May 11, 2013 10:18 PM

    Alan Page,
    Fran Tarkenton,
    Adrian Peterson,
    Bud Grant

  142. cougar69rt03 says: May 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    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 .

  143. srackis says: May 11, 2013 10:26 PM

    Packer fan vote:

    B. Grant
    F. Tarkenton
    A. Page
    A. Peterson

  144. sleepsoncouches says: May 11, 2013 10:27 PM

    AP
    Moss
    Page
    Randle

    with next four being
    Eller
    C. Carter
    Fran
    Randall McDaniel
    (and Jim Kleinsasser)

  145. iowadrew says: May 11, 2013 10:30 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page
    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton

  146. kevin7777777 says: May 11, 2013 10:30 PM

    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

  147. Bart Whitman says: May 11, 2013 10:30 PM

    Chris Carter
    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Bud Grant

  148. mobuccsfan says: May 11, 2013 10:33 PM

    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.

  149. asimonetti88 says: May 11, 2013 10:35 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton
    Bud Grant

  150. vikingbob69 says: May 11, 2013 10:39 PM

    Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Adrian Peterson, and John Randle

  151. contraisloosebuthole says: May 11, 2013 10:49 PM

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

  152. theodorethompson says: May 11, 2013 10:54 PM

    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)

  153. milkmandanimal says: May 11, 2013 10:59 PM

    Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton
    Jim Marshall
    Adrian Peterson

  154. slybly says: May 11, 2013 11:03 PM

    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    John Randle

    2nd team:

    Jared Allen
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton
    Chuck Foreman

  155. gberg09 says: May 11, 2013 11:08 PM

    Cris Carter
    John Randle
    Randy Moss
    Adrian Peterson

  156. mediasloppy says: May 11, 2013 11:09 PM

    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.

  157. expertop says: May 11, 2013 11:18 PM

    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.

  158. expertop says: May 11, 2013 11:30 PM

    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.

  159. vikingray says: May 11, 2013 11:34 PM

    Peterson, Moss, Page & Mcdaniel. Would love to put Browner on the list as well. He was a stud!

  160. vikes8480 says: May 11, 2013 11:44 PM

    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.

  161. gudasbeard1 says: May 11, 2013 11:45 PM

    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.

  162. noring4youstill says: May 12, 2013 12:33 AM

    The empty trophy case

  163. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 12, 2013 12:40 AM

    You have to include Bud Grant because his face always looked like it was chiseled out of stone.

    Then Tarkenton, Page, and Peterson. All won MVP.

  164. luftkrigare says: May 12, 2013 12:43 AM

    Bud Grant,
    Alan Page,
    Fran Tarkenton,
    Adrian Peterson.

  165. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 12, 2013 12:43 AM

    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.

  166. johnnytarr says: May 12, 2013 1:11 AM

    – 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!!!

  167. longsufferingbillsfan says: May 12, 2013 1:46 AM

    Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Fran Tarkenton, Adrian Peterson

  168. lionsyooper says: May 12, 2013 2:11 AM

    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.

  169. truthserum4u says: May 12, 2013 3:28 AM

    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.

  170. drjoemck says: May 12, 2013 5:32 AM

    Bud Grant
    Frank Tarkenton
    Allen Page
    Adrian Peterson

    Tough leaving off Randal McDaniel, John Randall, & Carl Eller.

  171. larryboodry says: May 12, 2013 5:43 AM

    Tarkenton, Page, Carter, and a place for AP when he retires.

  172. nativeraider says: May 12, 2013 6:03 AM

    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…

  173. larryboodry says: May 12, 2013 6:21 AM

    @pcarlson77:

    Great post.

  174. flavadave10 says: May 12, 2013 8:07 AM

    Frank Tankerton
    Chris Carter
    John Randle
    Alan Page

  175. stonefish67 says: May 12, 2013 9:19 AM

    Peterson
    Eller
    Paige
    Carter

  176. zn0rseman says: May 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    John Randal
    Fran Tarkenton
    Paul Kraus
    Adrain Peterson

    Honorable Mention: Chris Carter

  177. vikes69 says: May 12, 2013 11:27 AM

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

  178. 6kings says: May 12, 2013 1:11 PM

    Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page
    Chris Carter

  179. epetk says: May 12, 2013 1:40 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page

  180. micknangold says: May 12, 2013 1:46 PM

    Tarkenton, Page, Moss, Randle

  181. scoobies05 says: May 12, 2013 1:53 PM

    tarkenton…page….moss….peterson

  182. supesfan34 says: May 12, 2013 3:33 PM

    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

  183. filthymcnasty1 says: May 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    It’s got to be kind of sad for Viking fans that not even 1 of these nominees could crack the Packers top 25.

  184. keevel says: May 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    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.

  185. deakontke says: May 12, 2013 6:58 PM

    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.

  186. ender12777 says: May 12, 2013 7:21 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    John Randle
    Adrian Peterson
    Jared Allen

  187. kac360 says: May 12, 2013 7:48 PM

    Bud Grant, Alan Page, Jim Marshall, Adrian…

  188. johnlabo says: May 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    Jim Fink , Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page. ..

  189. taintedsaints2009 says: May 12, 2013 10:07 PM

    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

  190. taintedsaints2009 says: May 12, 2013 10:09 PM

    Also, Steve Hutchinson, but he will probably retire a Seahawk

  191. dtrb10 says: May 12, 2013 11:08 PM

    Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton

  192. thestatsishere says: May 13, 2013 1:26 AM

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

    This is a tougher one to do.

  193. dsimo says: May 13, 2013 8:11 AM

    Too many great choices to decide. Just don’t put Darren Nelson in the middle, please!

  194. dexterismyhero says: May 13, 2013 8:54 AM

    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.

  195. bmue42 says: May 13, 2013 8:58 AM

    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!!

  196. bobnelsonjr says: May 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    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

  197. swede700 says: May 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    Bud Grant, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton, Cris Carter

  198. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: May 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    Paul Krause, Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson

  199. emptyjay429 says: May 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson

  200. nicklee423 says: May 13, 2013 11:13 AM

    Peterson, Grant, Page, Tark

  201. pillowporkers says: May 13, 2013 11:25 AM

    Page, Peterson, Carter, and Tarkenton

  202. pillowporkers says: May 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    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.

  203. 98vikings says: May 13, 2013 11:41 AM

    Bud Grant
    Randall McDaniel
    Paul Krause
    Fran Tarkenton

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

  204. TylerHills says: May 13, 2013 12:25 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

  205. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 13, 2013 1:41 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Cris Carter
    Jim Marshall

  206. gvboot says: May 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    Got to have Bud Grant
    Fran
    Alan
    Jim

  207. joeybrownersgoonakickyourarse says: May 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    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.

  208. deeppurple15 says: May 13, 2013 2:35 PM

    1. Bud Grant

    2. Adrian Peterson

    3. John Randle

    4. Cris Carter

  209. jimnsota says: May 13, 2013 5:52 PM

    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.

  210. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 2:26 PM

    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.

  211. waggie21 says: May 14, 2013 2:31 PM

    Alan Page
    Fran Tarkenton
    Randy Moss (Afro)
    Adrian Peterson

    The Purple People Eaters almost should have their own Rushmore.

  212. vikingshipper says: May 14, 2013 3:41 PM

    Tarkenton
    John Randle
    Adrian Peterson
    Alan Page

  213. thesmedman says: May 14, 2013 7:00 PM

    Tarkenton, Page, Eller, Randle

  214. xmgmx says: May 14, 2013 9:44 PM

    Alan Page
    Carl Eller
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter

  215. jimworkmanwv says: May 14, 2013 11:29 PM

    Tarkenton, Page, Peterson, Moss.
    Honorable mention: Eller, Yary, Foreman, Grant, Lee

  216. snh7997 says: May 14, 2013 11:32 PM

    Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    Randy Moss
    Fran Tarkenton

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

  217. schley2020 says: May 16, 2013 10:36 AM

    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.

  218. badkarma56 says: May 16, 2013 9:04 PM

    Cris Carter
    Randy Moss
    John Randle
    Adrian Peterson

  219. nanner12wojo says: May 16, 2013 9:34 PM

    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.

  220. friscoktank says: May 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    1. Cris Carter
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Fran Tarkenton
    4. John Randle

  221. monkeyboymotors says: May 16, 2013 9:46 PM

    Gant, Yary, McDaniel,Marshall

  222. GM says: May 16, 2013 10:08 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Bud Grant
    Alan Page
    John Randle

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

  223. stompuout says: May 16, 2013 10:56 PM

    Alan Page, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, Bud Grant

  224. mytviking says: May 16, 2013 11:07 PM

    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

  225. GM says: May 17, 2013 9:45 AM

    @mytviking-

    I like your reasoning. Makes sense.

  226. GM says: May 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    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.

  227. 3lmt says: May 17, 2013 10:02 AM

    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.

  228. kirbylaw says: May 17, 2013 10:57 AM

    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.

  229. rasmusjw says: May 17, 2013 11:42 AM

    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

  230. Norseman says: May 17, 2013 1:54 PM

    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.

  231. GM says: May 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    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

  232. GM says: May 17, 2013 4:00 PM

    Daunte Culpepper wasn’t too bad for a few years….

  233. GM says: May 17, 2013 4:08 PM

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

  234. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 17, 2013 7:17 PM

    The Core Four:

    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Jim Marshall

    Honorable Mentions:

    Way Too Many! Sorry!

  235. smillr58 says: May 18, 2013 7:56 AM

    Bud
    Marshall
    Peterson
    Tark

  236. kcviking says: May 18, 2013 2:52 PM

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

    I excluded coaching and current players.

  237. notthesicko says: May 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    Jon Randle

  238. jwag777 says: May 20, 2013 3:15 AM

    Bud Grant, Tarkenton, Page, Krause. Close: Eller, Marshall, Tinglehoff, Yary, Foreman, Peterson.

  239. ecppeaters says: May 20, 2013 9:05 AM

    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.

  240. jonato7 says: May 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Chris Carter
    Jim Marshall

  241. ngarren13 says: May 22, 2013 4:32 AM

    tark
    page
    john randle
    AP

  242. squared80 says: May 24, 2013 2:31 AM

    Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Cris Carter
    Alan Page

  243. kcsmashmouth says: May 27, 2013 9:14 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    adrian Peterson
    John Randle

  244. sdsmut says: May 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    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.

  245. sdsmut says: May 28, 2013 10:24 AM

    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.

  246. bigbad401 says: May 28, 2013 11:05 AM

    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson
    Fran Tarkenton
    Chris Carter
    Randy Moss
    John Randle
    Chris Doleman
    Randell McDaniel
    Chuck Foreman

  247. eja642 says: May 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    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.

  248. ksranum says: Jun 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    John Randle
    Fran the Man Tarkenton
    AP
    Jim Marshal

  249. droyer85 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:38 PM

    Peterson, Carter, Tarkenton, Moss

  250. jhbart001 says: Jun 6, 2013 9:10 AM

    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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