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Vikings Mt. Rushmore voting opens

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It’s been a few days since we’ve launched a new round of voting for the Pro Football Talk on NBCSN Mt. Rushmore, in large part because we’ve got no show this Friday, and we never have shows on Saturday or Sunday.

But we’ll be back on Monday, and the Vikings will have their mountain of purple people unveiled then.

For now, cast your votes for the 12 official finalists listed below.

Missing the cut were Les Steckel, Brad Childress, Onterrio Smith, Mike Tice, and Merrill Stubing.

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  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    John Randle and Adrian Peterson = the 2 best Vikes ever.

  2. mrpeary3189 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    I’m no Vikings fan, but how is Randall McDaniel NOT a finalist for the Vikings Mt. Rushmore?

  3. mjhutmkr says: Jun 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    AP
    Alan Page
    Paul Krause
    Bud Gra t

  4. unbiasfan says: Jun 6, 2013 10:19 AM

    There are too many great Vikings players to have to narrow it down to four…

  5. allday28mvpmvp says: Jun 6, 2013 10:22 AM

    All day and Randle are locks. If you think Randy Moss does not belong on this list then you must have missed this thing called the 90′s. He’s a first ballot HOFer and easily one of the top 4 Vikings ever.

  6. allday28mvpmvp says: Jun 6, 2013 10:23 AM

    98-99 alone gets Randy in.

  7. mobuccsfan says: Jun 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    This one was really tough…but I left AP off–for now. I decided to go with history more. Tark, Moss, Page and Marshall. Again, hard because Randle, Eller, Grant, Doleman and AP all deserve to be there too. My thinking is that AP could become the greatest all-time and that it is still a little early to quote Dennis Green “Crown his ass”–but he definitely is heading that direction and maybe even the best RB in the league ever.

  8. lks311 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:25 AM

    Alan Page, Adrian Peterson, Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton…and in that order.

  9. wsperegoiv says: Jun 6, 2013 10:27 AM

    It’s a real credit to AD that he will make the final 4 with all of the impressive names on this list and only 6 seasons into his career.

  10. lbpackfan says: Jun 6, 2013 10:30 AM

    Gary Anderson
    Les Steckel
    Walker Lee Ashley
    Demetrius Underwood

  11. finsguy says: Jun 6, 2013 10:30 AM

    The only two things I’m certain of is Alan Page should be on and Paul Krause should NOT be on.

    Paul Krause is the least deserving member in the NFL hall of fame (even more so than Bob Griese). He played safety and was incredibly soft. He made Dion Sanders look like Jack Tatum.

  12. whiskeywaters says: Jun 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    Bud Grant, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton and Cris Carter

    It was hard leaving AP and Moss off my list but what Bud Grant did for this franchise makes him a lock and Fran Tarkenton was one of the best QB’s at the time he retired. I grew up watching Carter and he was my favorite player, plus he’s a HOF’er, which is why I put him ahead of Moss. I’m too young to have ever watched Page, but his legend precedes him around here.

  13. jonesy2013 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    Lets get Jim Marshall on that mountain….It’s a start for a player who should have been the the NFL H.O.F. 20 years ago!

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    How can you not have Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, Cordarrelle Patterson, Gerald Hodges, John Locke, Jeff Baca, Michael Mauti, Travis Bond, and Everett Dawkins on the list?

    According to Rickspeilmanismagic, all of these guys will be in the Hall of Fame someoday.

  15. stellarperformance says: Jun 6, 2013 10:35 AM

    lks311 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 10:25 AM
    Alan Page, Adrian Peterson, Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton…and in that order

    //////////////////////////////////////

    Agreed.

    I am a Packer fan born in Minnesota and I have seen at least ten games at the old Met (so I am old school.) I may not qualify for a vote, but I still have an opinion. If you are considering a true representative of the Vikings and the fine state of Minnesota, it goes beyond talent. You have to consider the whole man. This immediately leaves Moss out of it (in my opinion.)

  16. localoutlaw says: Jun 6, 2013 10:39 AM

    Brett Favre, Ryan Longwell, Darren Sharper & Greg Jennings

  17. bigks77 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:41 AM

    Bud, Moss, Marshall, Carter

  18. GenXJay says: Jun 6, 2013 10:45 AM

    Page, Peterson, Randle, & Carter.

  19. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 6, 2013 10:46 AM

    allday28mvpmvp says:Jun 6, 2013 10:22 AM

    All day and Randle are locks. If you think Randy Moss does not belong on this list then you must have missed this thing called the 90′s. He’s a first ballot HOFer and easily one of the top 4 Vikings ever.
    ______

    Apparently you missed this thing call the 70′s.

  20. raiderufan says: Jun 6, 2013 10:51 AM

    I went Page, Carter, Tarkenton and Randle

  21. cheapglazers says: Jun 6, 2013 10:51 AM

    Cris Carter
    Adrian Peterson
    John Randle
    Fran Tarkenton

    Randy Moss is deserving, but because of his character I went with Tarkenton.

  22. packerhater says: Jun 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    Page , Eller , Grant , Tarkenton. I would replace Eller with Chuck Foreman. He imo is the greatest Viking of all only because he did so much. Good at catching the ball , good at running , good at blocking . AD has not been here all that long , and was a major embarrasement in the Championship game , losing the ball 3-4 times , one at the goal line.

    Its hard to chose , was hard to leave off Marshal , John Randle and Peterson and Moss.

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    You have to go with Bud Grant for our Mt. Rushmore because he always looked like he was chiseled out of stone anyway. Alan Page is probably the greatest player in Viking history. Fran Tarkenton was the face of the franchise for years. There are many, many, many Hall of Fame players to choose from for the last spot, but I narrowed it down to two non-Hall of Famers. Jim Marshall was one of the greatest Vikings ever because he started every game from 1961 to 1979, he was a great leader, and he performed at a high level his whole career. It’s a joke that he’s not in the Hall of Fame. I decided on Adrian Peterson for the last spot, though, because I want to represent another era besides the great Super Bowl teams. The 90′s were great with lots of great players, but Adrian is associated with this franchise unlike any other player since maybe Tarkenton. He’s a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, an NFL MVP like the other two players, and a great representative of the franchise.

  24. ranger764 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    I took Randle, Doleman, Fran and Moss. It was tough leaving AP off, but at this point had to go with the others.

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    mrpeary3189 says:Jun 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    I’m no Vikings fan, but how is Randall McDaniel NOT a finalist for the Vikings Mt. Rushmore?
    _____

    Agreed. The greatest guard of all time. He should be on there instead of Yary or Doleman, even though they’re both Hall of Famers too.

  26. arnoldziffel says: Jun 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    Wow! None of my favorite Vikings made it!

    1. Darren Sharper
    2. Ryan Longwell
    3. Brett Favre
    4. Greg Jennings

    1-a: The Original Wizzinator
    2-a: Love Boat
    3-a: Metro-dish
    4-a: The Whiskey Bottle that hit the ref in the head after the Hail Mary Catch

  27. packerhater says: Jun 6, 2013 10:55 AM

    I’d also add to the list of contenders for this list A.C.

  28. jonnyfootball82 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:56 AM

    This list is a joke. Wasswa Serwanga isn’t even on it.

  29. clarenceoveur says: Jun 6, 2013 10:56 AM

    Steubing joke misfire, its actually Murray Slaughter who’s *from* Minneapolis

  30. ken49ers says: Jun 6, 2013 10:57 AM

    Easy, and I’m not even a Viking fan

    Bud Grant, Chris Carter, John Randle, Adrian Peterson

  31. kd75 says: Jun 6, 2013 10:57 AM

    The guy who ran the fumble in the wrong direction for a safety.

  32. twayward says: Jun 6, 2013 11:00 AM

    Alan Page, Carl Eller, Bud Grant & John Randle

    This is a tough one. There are many deserving candidates. But when a team goes to the Super Bowl four times in a decade, surely that era rightly dominates Mt Rushmore.

    Alan Page and Carl Eller combined for 15 Pro Bowl selections and were the studs of the Purple People Eaters. To me, they have to be on the Vikings’ Mt Rushmore.

    Now comes the debate.

    I went with Bud Grant, who coached that great 1970s group.

    John Randle got my fourth vote. He was a dominant player, being named to six straight All-Pro teams, selected to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and of course voted into the Hall Of Fame.

    However, reasonable minds can differ.

    A strong argument could be made that either Randy Moss or Cris Carter ought to be on this list.

    Jim Marshall was another great of the Purple People Eaters.

    If we were engaging in this exercise in the year 2023, perhaps it would be impossible to leave Adrian Peterson off the Vikings’ Mt Rushmore. His 2012 season represents one of the more remarkable RB performances in NFL history.

  33. len462 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:00 AM

    Amazing how many of these guys are in the discussion as the best ever at their positions. As a little kid Anthony Carter was always my favorite, so I gotta give a shout out to him.

  34. twayward says: Jun 6, 2013 11:05 AM

    …and how could I forget Fran Tarkenton. Surely that’s further evidence of how many worthy candidates the Vikings have.

  35. supesfan34 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:05 AM

    A lot of HOF’s on this list. Quite impressive.

    IMHO the two locks are Tarkenton and Bud Grant. It’s tough to leave AP off, but I had to pick Eller and Page. Great D-line back in those days.

  36. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    Leaving Randall McDaniel off this list is like leaving warren sapp off the bucs list.

    How in the world do you possibly forget Randall McDaniel? This is your profession for crying out loud. He is one of the greatest offensive guards of all time in all of of football, but you don’t even have him on this long list. Good. Lord.

  37. purpleguy says: Jun 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    Not easy choices — from reading above, you can tell the old posters from the young posters (and of course the usual cheeser trolls). It’s nice to see the Vikes have some actual Hall of Famers compared to so many of the other Mt Rushmore teams. Gotta go Bud, Tark, Page and AP, but hate to leave off Eller, Marshall, Yary and Randal McDaniel wherever the heck he is.

  38. granadafan says: Jun 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    Cowboy fans vote for Herschel Walker

  39. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    And say all your jokes about Childress, but he is the reason we have Peterson, Jared Allen, and a bunch of these other guys. Hutchinson. I could go on but I won’t. Favre, who was spectacular.

  40. jonnyfootball82 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:13 AM

    AP should be on it. He’s going to have a record setting season. I’ve studied the tape of all of his rushes, and based on that, I’d be surprised if he didn’t rush for 3200 yards and 43 TDs next season.

  41. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:17 AM

    Jared Allen and Kevin Williams should also be on this list. Kevin Williams is one of the greatest, most under appreciated and most dominant defensive tackles of all time. Jared Allen will be a hall of famer as well.

    Korey stringer would have easily made this list because of how dominant he was if he had not checked out early.

    Matt birk was also one of the great Vikings of all time too.

    It just goes to show the Vikings have had some wonderful talent despite not having won a Super Bowl. You cannot narrow it down to just four. You just can’t.

  42. somatg3 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:21 AM

    Bud Grant
    Adrian Peterson
    Jim Marshall
    Alan Page

    With so many worthy candidates, Ive gotta go with the 4 who embodied greatness and class. My favorite 4 to watch as a fan would be Moss, Carter, AP and John Randle.

  43. tommygjohns33 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:22 AM

    bud grant, ap, page, cc

  44. tjacks7 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    finsguy says:
    Jun 6, 2013 10:30 AM
    The only two things I’m certain of is Alan Page should be on and Paul Krause should NOT be on.

    Paul Krause is the least deserving member in the NFL hall of fame (even more so than Bob Griese). He played safety and was incredibly soft. He made Dion Sanders look like Jack Tatum.

    ——–

    You forgot the part about Krause having more interceptions than ANYBODY TO EVER PLAY THE GAME.

  45. knuckles95 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    Where is Joey Browner and Anthony Carter?

  46. seahonky says: Jun 6, 2013 11:24 AM

    Way too many. When I think of the Vikes, I think of Grant, Page, Tarkenton, and Chuck Foreman

  47. PurpleRaid18 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:24 AM

    Bud Grant: The most winningest head coach in Vikings history and ultimate tough guy who still has a job with the Vikings today.

    Fran Tarkenton: Vikings leader in all passing yards and touchdowns, took the team to three Super Bowl appearances and a first ballot Hall Of Famer.

    John Randle: Went from being an undrafted free agent to NFL Hall Of Famer, one of the greatest characters in the NFL.

    Adrian Peterson: The greatest running back in Minnesota Vikings history, 2,000+ yard rusher, class act off the field, and perennial All-Pro.

  48. chris3141084 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:30 AM

    I forget who said it, but you don’t have to think about the entire person to put a face on Rushmore. We have slave owners on the real Rushmore, so just put the best players/contributors to the franchise on there.

  49. theytukrjobs says: Jun 6, 2013 11:31 AM

    I don’t care how good a player is, to me it seems wrong to put a current active player in his prime onto a “mount rushmore”.

    So I voted for the old dudes.

  50. sikoix says: Jun 6, 2013 11:31 AM

    This is incredibly difficult to narrow down to just 4. Every combination comes with several glaring omissions (Randy Moss has been my favorite Viking since the MNF game vs GB in 98, yet I don’t think I would include him in the top 4 names synonymous with the Vikings). The only real *lock* for me is probably Bud Grant.

  51. thevikes99 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    I’d have to say Bud Grant, because he has been the face of the Vikings for years & same way with Fran Tarkenton. Then you bring in the newer era and Chris Cater & the greatest of all time John Randle!

  52. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    Reading these comments makes me think about the amazing defensive line talent that the Vikings have had over the years. I can’t imagine there’s another team that could match this list:

    Alan Page (HOF, MVP)
    Carl Eller (HOF)
    John Randle (HOF)
    Chris Doleman (HOF)
    Jim Marshall
    Keith Millard (Defensive Player of the Year)
    Jared Allen
    Kevin Williams

    Plus many other Pro Bowl players who aren’t worthy of mentioning with the above eight. Have I missed anybody? (Sharrif Floyd doesn’t count…yet.)

  53. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 6, 2013 11:39 AM

    I vote for Paul “why do you ponder passing” Allen.

    “This isn’t Detroit man this is the superbowl!”

    It just never gets old!

    Saints Superbowl XLIV Champions.

    Vikings played in the pro bowl.

  54. e5again says: Jun 6, 2013 11:41 AM

    I know we all love AD, but can someone explain to me how he is top 4 when there are 8 HOFers already on this list? Let’s not forget Moss either.

    I think someday AD will be there (top 4), he’s just not yet.

  55. skinsrock says: Jun 6, 2013 11:42 AM

    Tarkenton
    Carter
    Doleman
    Randle

    Adrian Peterson gets my vote in 2023…. Career is still young.

  56. wiley16350 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:42 AM

    I am surprised at how hard this one was. I’m thinking it’s the lack of championships which makes it harder to separate the great players from each other. They have a lot of great and deserving players though.

  57. godofwine330 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    This was tough. You absolutely could not leave out the purple people eaters.

    Cris Carter
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    John Randle (with the crazy eye black on)

    Tough to leave off Carl Eller (HOF) and Jim Marshall (should be in the HOF), or even AP, eventual HOF’er, but you can only name 4 all time.

  58. seananagan says: Jun 6, 2013 11:50 AM

    Page, Tarkenton, and Peterson were all MVPs and that makes them locks, in my book. I’m a 90s kid and feel that the 4th has to be Carter or Moss, but how can one ignore Grant, Eller, Marshall, and the other 90s star; Randle??
    I went with Carter out of nostalgia.

  59. packhawk04 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:55 AM

    Drew pearson, gary anderson, garrett hartley, tracy porter

  60. whatjusthapped says: Jun 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    How can you include Bud Grant (loser of 4 Superbowls) and not include Brad “12th man in the huddle” Childress?

  61. twonis says: Jun 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    If we’re being really objective, does AP deserve this honor yet?

    Seriously… if he tore something in camp this year and then never played another down in the NFL would he, 15 years from now, really have the stats to be considered on the same level as Randy Moss or Cris Carter?

    Not doubting his talent nor his absolute dominance in his position in recent years but it really hasn’t been THAT long.

    Just a thought…

  62. universalchurchoftruth says: Jun 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    It is simple. The 3 MVPs and Bud Grant.

  63. nightofthehipple says: Jun 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    For me, that was as tough as choosing the Steelers final four. I am not a Vikings fan, but did not realize how many great players they have had.

  64. kingpel says: Jun 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    There absolutely has to be a representative for the Purple People eaters on this list. People under 12 need to understand this.

    Adrian Peterson is a great modern day rep over Randy Moss.

    John Randle over Cris Carter and Chris Doleman.

    Fran Tarkenton is a legend.

  65. swede700 says: Jun 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    As a life-long Vikings’ fan myself, anyone putting John Randle or Adrian Peterson in the Mount Valhalla is ridiculous (and Randle is actually my favorite Vikings’ player of the last 20 years).

    The Mount Rushmore is reserved for those retired players and individuals who most defined and influenced the organization in its’ history. Therefore, my picks are: Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, and Cris Carter.

  66. nagasakee says: Jun 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    Best coach Bud Grant
    Best QB Tark
    Best WR Randy Moss
    Best RB and overall player Adrian Peterson

    Bikes have too many stars no room for Randle Carter Doleman Yary ???? We need more mountain Florio !!!!

  67. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    I think people have forgotten that Chris Doleman was kind of a d for much of his career. For example, he openly complained that his teammate won defensive player of the year instead of him. He changed over the years, but I think those early years should disqualify him for this kind of honor. Hall of Fame is one thing, but Vikings Mount Rushmore is a big deal!

  68. middy8484 says: Jun 6, 2013 12:24 PM

    lks311 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 10:25 AM
    Alan Page, Adrian Peterson, Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton…and in that order

    //////////////////////////////////////

    Agreed.

    I am a Packer fan born in Minnesota and I have seen at least ten games at the old Met (so I am old school.) I may not qualify for a vote, but I still have an opinion. If you are considering a true representative of the Vikings and the fine state of Minnesota, it goes beyond talent. You have to consider the whole man. This immediately leaves Moss out of it (in my opinion.)
    I agree that 4 should be the one

  69. grimmlock42 says: Jun 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    As of right now.
    1. Fran Tarkenton
    2. John Randle
    3. Cris Carter
    4. Chris Doleman

    In about another 6 years, Doleman or Carter are unfortunately gonna have to watch as the wrecking ball smashes through one of their faces. Making room for the face of Adrian Peterson.

  70. wivikefan says: Jun 6, 2013 12:37 PM

    I have been a Vikings fan for almost 40 years and my votes go to Bud Grant, Alan Page , John Randle, and A.P. Fran Tarkenton was one of my favorite players as was Jim Marshall, and Cris Carter. My criteria was based on what they ment to the team when they played and they had to start they’re NFL careers in Minnesota. Bud Grant made the Vikings a super bowl contender virtually every year he was coach regardless of who the QB was, Alan Page was perhaps the greatest of his time and is now a respected Judge on the Minnesota stste Supreme court, John Randle was an undrafted free agent that became one of the most feared players in the NFL and is now a Hall of Famer, and Adrian Peterson, there has to be a current day representative and AP is the easy choice, teams are putting 8-9 guys in the box to stop him and he still put up over 2000 yards and at less than 100% healthy.

  71. bearsfan4life says: Jun 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    To me its crazy Robert Smith hasn’t been mentioned in any response or in the poll.

    Goes to show how good the rest of guys are on the list.

  72. gurnblanstonreturns says: Jun 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    If Carter takes the place of a real Viking great on this list it will be a travesty. Anyone who votes for Carter should be banned from voting on football matters – starting with the idiots who voted to degrade the Hall of Fame with his presence among the true greats of the sport.

  73. bighyzer says: Jun 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    Although the choices are tough and all deserving I went AP, Grant, Doleman and CC.

    My write-in would be Sammy White though. I loved watching him play when I was growing up.

  74. northstarnic says: Jun 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    Randall McDaniel

  75. kingdm8 says: Jun 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    I know a lot of people diss on Moss for his subpar character, and rightfully so, but the guy was the best WR in the game for a number of years. I was talking to a friend of mine last night who played in the NFC North for a number of years and he said EVERY defender in the league hated playing the Vikings because they had to change their entire defensive scheme to try to stop him. I don’t know how many players in NFL history you can say that about.

  76. expertop says: Jun 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    Tarkenton and Page were league MVPs. While I understand those who would leave AD off because he’s still playing, he’s already the best running back in team history, and it’s really not even close any more. Plus, league MVP? He’s gotta make the list. The fourth is a hard choice, though.

    Oh, and for the Packer trolls – I hope you didn’t forget about T.J. Rubley on your lists.

  77. durno99 says: Jun 6, 2013 1:02 PM

    Moss…peterson Tarkenton……Eller…..Krouse!!!

  78. fwippel says: Jun 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Alan Page
    Adrian Peterson

    – Just missing the cut —
    Paul Krause
    Ron Yary
    Bobby Bryant
    Carl Eller

  79. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    It’s so difficult to to choose, they’ve all contributed equally to the ineptitude of the Vikings through the years.

  80. northstarnic says: Jun 6, 2013 1:10 PM

    I know this will be very inflammatory, but I have a really hard time with the Bud Grant worship. He just couldn’t get his teams ready when it really mattered. Four Super Bowls. FOUR! And in virtually everyone of those the Vikes were favored to win based on records and rosters. In my mind all his other accomplishments are overshadowed by these failings, whether that’s reasonable or not.

  81. stayclassyasheville says: Jun 6, 2013 1:19 PM

    I’ve loved the Vikes since I was a kid in the 70s. My favorites players were Kevin Millard, Scott Studwell, Steve Jordan, and John Randle.
    Honorable Awesomeness mention goes to former Vikes:
    “AC”, Moss, “CC”, Joey Browner, Ed & Randle McDaniel, Robert Smith, Terry Allen, Doleman, “Benchwarmer” Bob Lurtzema.

  82. Norseman says: Jun 6, 2013 1:20 PM

    Bud Grant, Alan Page and Fran Tarkenton are locks for the Vikings Mt. Rushmore.

    The last spot is a bit more difficult to fill depending on whether you include current players or not.

    If you include current players, you have to give the last spot to Adrian Peterson. If not, it’s a tough call between Marshall, Randle, and Yary.

    I decided to include current players so AP got the last spot. So-

    Bud Grant, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton and Adrian Peterson are the final four.

  83. sirblitzalot15 says: Jun 6, 2013 1:23 PM

    CHRIS CHANDLER
    TRACY PORTER
    DREW BREES
    AND PRINCE… ENOUGH SAID…

  84. markj71 says: Jun 6, 2013 1:27 PM

    What-no Tommy Kramer????? :-P
    I’m sure a lot of the more recent players will get voted in because most people can’t think back very far or are too young to know the past.
    Bud Grant- HAS to be put on there
    Alan Page- HAS to be put on there
    Fran Tarkenton- HAS to be put on there
    Jim Marshall- SHOULD be on there- a defensive lineman playing in 270 consecutive games- he would sometimes be brought to the stadium in an ambulance- then would leave in the ambulance and go back to the hospital after the game-if you ever want to know about how great Jim Marshall was-just listen to Bud Grant talk about him.
    AP, CC, John Randall, Moss- ALL great players but they have to wait for Mount Rushmore II

  85. golforepar says: Jun 6, 2013 1:38 PM

    Super Bowls 4 8 9 and 11

  86. staffordsyear says: Jun 6, 2013 2:04 PM

    To bad they couldnt pull off a Super Bowl win with all those greats.

  87. finsguy says: Jun 6, 2013 2:04 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    You forgot the part about Krause having more interceptions than ANYBODY TO EVER PLAY THE GAME.

    _________________

    No, I didn’t forget that. There is a reason it took years for this soft weakling to make the HOF despite the fact that he had the most interceptions in NFL history. Just watching him skip over Nate Wright instead of blasting Drew Pearson out of bounds on the original “hail mary” pass tells you all you need to know about Paul Krause.

  88. dtrb10 says: Jun 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    Bud, Alan, Adrian and Fran should be the ones!

  89. jrmehle says: Jun 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    Korey Stringer deserves his own monument.

  90. silentfreedom5 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:07 PM

    Alan Page studied law in the locker room, and became one of the first, if not the first African American Supreme Court Justice in Minnesota. He also writes children’s books, and his pinky is a testament to his toughness. He is a HOFer on and off the field, and to me the most deserving.

  91. gergie1957 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:14 PM

    Fran Tarkington, John Randle, Chris Carter, Adrian Peterson, Alan Page……………….. I……Can Not…..Choose……Just……. Four…………………

  92. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 6, 2013 3:25 PM

    Well…

    If its a monument to a team defined by failure, it’d have to go like:

    1. Bud Grant (losing 4 Super Bowls)
    2. Fran Tarkenton (losing 3 Super Bowls)
    3. Cris Carter (never caught a pass without pushing off)

    And then 9 yards away

    4. Adrian Peterson

  93. lordfrza says: Jun 6, 2013 4:13 PM

    A lot of teams have never even made it to the SB let alone 3 of 4 like Fran And Bud. Cris Carter is HOF and 9 years shy is nothing to laugh at. Get a grip on reality ponderthedumpoffking!

  94. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 6, 2013 4:21 PM

    lordfrza says:
    Jun 6, 2013 4:13 PM
    A lot of teams have never even made it to the SB let alone 3 of 4 like Fran And Bud. Cris Carter is HOF and 9 years shy is nothing to laugh at. Get a grip on reality ponderthedumpoffking!

    —-

    My reality is being a fan of a better team.

  95. jackrabbitz says: Jun 6, 2013 4:46 PM

    Don’t forget Hershel walker

  96. packerhater says: Jun 6, 2013 5:00 PM

    Steve Dills.

  97. vikechurch says: Jun 6, 2013 5:09 PM

    randle was a great player but not in the class of page and eller. no way is he one of 4 best vikes ever.

  98. markj71 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    northstarnic says: Jun 6, 2013 1:10 PM

    I know this will be very inflammatory, but I have a really hard time with the Bud Grant worship. He just couldn’t get his teams ready when it really mattered. Four Super Bowls. FOUR! And in virtually everyone of those the Vikes were favored to win based on records and rosters. In my mind all his other accomplishments are overshadowed by these failings, whether that’s reasonable or not
    ———————————————————-

    They were only favored against KC- and they were an unknown team-the Vikings had never played them before- the other teams Miami, Pittsburgh & Oakland were considered some of the best teams ever-it’s not like they lost to the 1970′s Saints.

    Without Bud Grant the Vikings would have probably turned out to be like the Timberwolves- even 4 superbowl losses and they are STILL the most popular team in Minnesota-and it’s not even close

  99. malignantsociety says: Jun 6, 2013 6:38 PM

    How many all pro nods does a guard have to get in order to get on his team’s mount Rushmore voting list? 8? Because McDaniel has 7!

  100. billyisradical says: Jun 6, 2013 7:37 PM

    “allday28mvpmvp says:Jun 6, 2013 10:22 AM

    All day and Randle are locks. If you think Randy Moss does not belong on this list then you must have missed this thing called the 90′s. He’s a first ballot HOFer and easily one of the top 4 Vikings ever.”

    Shocking that allday28mvpmvp has Adrian Peterson on his list. That being said, I too have him on my list…

    I like Adrian Peterson, Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, and Cris Carter.

  101. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 6, 2013 8:35 PM

    Some decent players listed here – all of whom have one thing in common. They couldn’t get it done.

  102. monkeyboymotors says: Jun 6, 2013 9:22 PM

    Bud, Tark, Marshall, McDaniel, others deserve it. But these are the ones.

  103. vikingjedi says: Jun 6, 2013 10:07 PM

    Bud Grant – 67′ to 85′
    Cris Carter – 90′ to 01′
    Randy Moss – 98′ to 04′
    Adrian Peterson – 07′ to current

  104. vikefan says: Jun 6, 2013 10:17 PM

    yes a crying shame that Randall McDaniel is not on the list

    1. Bud Grant- simply one of greatest coaches ever
    2. Alan Page – phenominal player and one of greatest citizens/philanthropists MN has ever seen.
    3-4. all are worthy
    – John Randle (undrafted rookie HOF’er)
    – Randle McDaniel (12 straight pro bowls & HOF’er)
    – Adrian Peterson (one of greatest running backs ever, top 10 all time running back IMO)

    A case can be made for all in the list but this is the crème de la crème of HOF’ers

  105. vikefan says: Jun 6, 2013 10:18 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 6, 2013 8:35 PM

    Some decent players listed here – all of whom have one thing in common. They couldn’t get it done
    ———————————————————
    lest you forget the championships b4 the NFL-AFL merger

  106. lnfinite says: Jun 6, 2013 10:34 PM

    I went with players. Grant was a great coach but the players executed things on the field. Carter, AP on offense and Randle and Page on defense.

  107. lawlessko says: Jun 7, 2013 1:13 AM

    Carter, Randle, Tark, Page

  108. Robert Chandler says: Jun 7, 2013 11:24 AM

    For a lifelong fan this was very tough, but I feel good with my votes. I HAD to put Bud Grant on there! Easy choice, as he not only was key to the establishment of the franchise but his long career was laden with outstanding achievements. Plus, what better ambassador and representative for a franchise could anyone want? Class act, always. Then, I simply could not leave Fran Tarkenton off the list. He not only led the team through numerous glory years, but was as courageous and dependable as they come. He provided wins consistently, but even more moments of exhilaration that still stand as some of the team’s most memorable plays.

    And then, my all-time favorite player, Alan Page, HAS to be one of the four. The ONLY defensive lineman to ever be named League MVP. Was anyone tougher to block than this man? Few if any could ever come close. The final spot is always tough, especially considering that the Vikings have at least a dozen viable and worthy candidates for their Mount Rushmore. But, after long deliberation, I had to go with Jim Marshall. The ironman streak, the high level of play over such a long span, and the fact that he represented this franchise with dignity and class, all combined to help him edge out a handful of very worthy guys (Adrian Peterson might claim this spot in the next few years but for now I had to properly recognize Marshall’s legacy).

  109. cpo187 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:06 PM

    Cris Carter had a better career.
    Randy Moss had better seasons.

    I decided to choose Carter over Moss for this reason.

    Randall McDaniel should have been on there.

    John Randle is a must!

    And choose your favorite purple people eater for a 4th.

  110. lordfrza says: Jun 7, 2013 12:07 PM

    ponderthedumpoffking says:

    My reality is being a fan of a better team.

    ————————–
    The reality is all your comments get major thumbs down.
    It seems to me that whatever team you’re a fan of and THINK is better doesn’t matter that much to you if you’re spending all your time commenting on Vikings pages and you name even has Ponder in it. Go back to your own team’s pages and stop hating on our beloved Vikings.

  111. dobberdubinsky says: Jun 7, 2013 12:07 PM

    Tarkenton, Randle, Carter and Peterson

  112. jimnsota says: Jun 7, 2013 2:12 PM

    Old School Mt.Rushmore

    Grant
    Tark
    Page
    Marshall

    New School
    Moss
    AP
    Randle
    McDaniel (joke he’s not on the list)

  113. albertmn says: Jun 7, 2013 2:42 PM

    I had Grant and Page for sure, and went with Randle 3rd. It was tough to narrow down for the 4th spot (AP, Marshall, Eller, maybe Tarkenton), and I likely would have went with McDaniel if he were on the list, but went with AP 4th since McDaniel wasn’t there. There were a lot of great options, including those that didn’t make the list (McDaniel, Foreman, Mick Tingelhoff, Matt Blair, to name a few).

  114. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 7, 2013 3:11 PM

    Although you care that I’m here, I’d be willing to bet you don’t care about the 30+ Viking trolls that plague the Packers posts.

    Payback sucks, eh?

  115. fryeways says: Jun 7, 2013 3:43 PM

    I find it odd that Randall Cunningham isn’t on the list. That would be like not putting Randy Moss on the Patriots list… Randall should be on the Eagles AND Vikings lists and Randy Moss should be on Vikings AND Patriots lists.

  116. musicman495 says: Jun 7, 2013 5:02 PM

    Redskins fan here: Grant, Tarkenton, Page, Peterson. Carter and Moss and some of the others do not come close to that group. Surprised that Mick Tinglehoff was not a finalist.

  117. knucklehead93 says: Jun 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    As much as I love Bud Grant, I don’t think you can vote him in without ever winning a Super Bowl.

    Surprised Randall McDaniel is not a choice.

  118. vikechurch says: Jun 8, 2013 9:09 AM

    page is easily the best player the Vikings ever had. mvp as a dtackle in the 70s is amazing. great pass rusher and just as good on run defense. glad I got to see him play

  119. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 8, 2013 2:01 PM

    I just wanted to add that the Vikings have neve won a Super Bowl.

    For those who didn’t know.

  120. sexpanther85 says: Jun 9, 2013 12:49 AM

    Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Marshall, Paul Krause.

  121. cornbreadbbqred says: Jun 9, 2013 4:04 AM

    What? No Joe Kapp or Dave Osborne; the best frigid weather tandem ever?

  122. jj31500 says: Jun 9, 2013 1:31 PM

    Bears fan here:

    Bud Grant-Iconic coach-168 wins, 4SB’s (all lost, but still…)
    AD is only 28, but an automatic choice.
    Randy Moss-Love him or not (and probably not), he is an easy choice
    Alan Page-of the five great defensive linemen on the list, I think he was the best.

    Grant, AD, Moss and Page

  123. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 9, 2013 9:22 PM

    It is difficult because none of them were ever handed a trophy.

    Without championships then you have to look at those that somehow got into the Hall of Fame and whether they deserved to be there.

    Then you have to throw out those with criminal histories.

    Then you have to see if anyone other than viking people remembers any of them. The vikings haven’t mattered since Gerald Ford was President nearly 4 decades ago. They just aren’t on NFL Films much.

    That leaves:

    Bud Grant (he was a coach) lost to Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Tom Landry, Hank Stram, John Madden, Chuck Noll, George Allen and others. < .500 in the playoffs.

    Francis Tarkenton (QB) was 91-73-6 as a starter for the vikings for a .535 winning %. He threw for 33098 yards and had 239 TD passes and 194 INTs. He is the best QB the franchise has had.

    None of the others will ever be on the eventual viking rushmore.

    The vikings as an expansion team do not have much history yet so you have to call it incomplete. If the vikings ever get a trophy of any sort that would be a time to consider a rushmore.

  124. sfniners4life says: Jun 10, 2013 8:59 AM

    Randle, AP, tarkenton, and then a tuff choice between Marshall and Chris carter. Tarkenton is a unique guy and his highlights helped pave the way for mobile qb and sports center replys.

  125. jhbart001 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:51 PM

    I think when you look at the total history of the vikings and if you were alive at the time and can remember. The best teams of the vikings were those teams of the 70s. And even tho they did lose those superbowls they did play great teams. Shulas Dolphins, Knolls Steelers, and Maddens Raiders, the only one the was anything to be ashamed of really is the loss to the chiefs when they were huge favorites. With that said they have never been back to the big game. So my picks are as follows

    Bud grant ( best coach in team history)

    Fran Tarkenton ( best QB in team history)

    Allan Page (best player on the purple people eaters defense)

    Adrian Peterson ( Best player in team history)

  126. azkev says: Jun 10, 2013 1:02 PM

    As a Bears fan and NFL fan for 40+ years, I have to go with mostly the old guys. Grant, Page (who also played for the Bears), Tarkenton (who always killed us), and finally I have to give it to Peterson. I hated those old Vikings because they always seemed to beat us, but I had to respect them. Grant was such a good coach. too bad he could never win just one of those SB’s.

  127. vikinganswer says: Jun 10, 2013 11:00 PM

    AP will be on there but not now.

    Alan Page
    Bud Grant
    Fran Tarkenton
    Cris Carter

    In that order!!

  128. minnesotaweston says: Jun 11, 2013 12:04 AM

    BUD GRANT, FRAN TARKENTON, ADRIAN PETERSON, RANDY MOSS

  129. minnesotaweston says: Jun 11, 2013 2:24 AM

    minnesotaweston says:
    Jun 11, 2013 2:05 AM

    The Vikings offensive MVP’s

    Fran Tarkenton
    Adrian Peterson
    Chuck Foreman
    Randy Moss
    Chris Carter
    M.Tingelhoff
    R.McDaniel
    S.Hutchinson
    R.Yary
    G. Zimmerman
    S.Jordan

    The Vikings Defensive MVP’s

    A.Page
    J.Randle
    J.Allen
    C.Doleman
    M Blair
    M.Merriweather
    J.Siemon
    A.Winfield
    B.Bryant
    J.Browner
    P.Krause

    C.Kluwe
    F.Cox

  130. hallzi43 says: Jun 12, 2013 6:11 PM

    Carter
    Moss
    Tarkenton
    Peterson

    would have liked to go with Randle but I couldn’t leave Peterson off the list. Carter/Moss/Tarkenton are no brainers.

  131. rtp295 says: Jun 12, 2013 8:50 PM

    where are all the former Packers?

  132. steagles66 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:15 AM

    Hello Randall Cunningham this a joke if he not up there

  133. fmc651 says: Jun 13, 2013 7:00 PM

    Anthony Carter better than Cris Carter

  134. immafubared says: Jun 14, 2013 1:49 PM

    Pederson a shoe in no brainer.

    Allan Page. Winner on the field and off as a Supreme Court Justice.

    Ron Yary, one of the best to play his position on any team.

    Bud Grant. Did a lot. Won a lot.

    Hon Mention to Cris Carter a Hall of Famer and one of my favorite receivers. He would have been 5 on my list.

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