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Vikings, Lions get their Mt. Rushmores tonight

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It’s Monday, which means that Pro Football Talk is back tonight on NBCSN.  Which means that the Mt. Rushmores will be unveiled for the Vikings and the Lions.

The race is essentially settled in Detroit, with one certain legendary running back appearing on virtually every ballot that has been submitted.In Minnesota, there’s a close race for first place between Fran Tarkenton and Adrian Peterson.  Tarkenton will appear on Monday’s show to help us draw lines between Vikings eras.

And while several fan bases have demonstrated so far a keen appreciation of history, plenty of you forget that Vikings defensive tackle Alan Page (who has served for years as a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court) was the first defensive player named NFL MVP, and only the second to win that honor in history, along with Lawrence Taylor.

If you haven’t cast a ballot yet for Minnesota or Detroit, you’ve got about eight hours left.  And while the voting has been strong to quite strong, the Vikings and Lions and lagging behind the Packers.

As usual.

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14 Responses to “Vikings, Lions get their Mt. Rushmores tonight”
  1. noeffinway says: Jun 10, 2013 8:30 AM

    Kind of like how you lag behind the real sports writers?

  2. hurrayforyogapants says: Jun 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    You’re missing a bunch of names and I don’t think one mountain will cut it. We’re going to need a range…

    Mt. Assault-Harass
    Ted Brown
    Keith Henderson
    Warren Moon
    Denny Green
    James Harris
    Chris Cook

    Love Boat Peak
    Fred Smoot
    Bryant McKinnie
    Moe Williams
    Atlanta Hos
    Florida Hos

    Mt. Better than Aaron Rodgers
    Troy Williamson
    Erasmus James

    And then there are The Foothills:

    Mt. Scalp
    Mike Tice

    Mt. Whizzinator
    Onterrio Smith

    Mt. Bonus Draft Pick
    Dimtrius Underwood

    Mt. Drug Trafficking
    Donald Igwebuike

    Mt. Kick@$$
    Brad Childress

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    At least the Vikings’ Mt. Rushmore features players who started their careers after 1960.

  4. kazra182 says: Jun 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    No Jared Allen? Really? This Mt. Rushmore scam you got going is a scam Florio.

  5. wescoast43 says: Jun 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    Brett Favre, Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, Greg Jennings.

  6. fground says: Jun 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    Page and Tarkenton are clearly the first two…

    Peterson is next

    after that take your pick….I’d take Grant

  7. buhbay1c says: Jun 10, 2013 10:33 AM

    Maybe Vikings and Lions fans have better things to do than participate in meaningless online polls conducted by a smug lawyer who only gets his face on sports network that shows Rugby games. America’s past time!

  8. mrstpaul says: Jun 10, 2013 11:16 AM

    Grant has to be on there just because his face looks as though it was carved out of stone already. Then Marshall and Page.

    Final spot–either Doleman or Randle. I can’t pick Tarkenton because he was an absolute horse’s ass to me when I was a 12-year-old kid. Whatever his passing numbers are, doesn’t matter. He’ll always be a jerk to me. I smile every time another record of his gets left in the dust.

  9. bucklinus says: Jun 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    Spot 1: Bud Grant – Winningest coach in team history and first coach to lead a team to 4 SuperBowls
    Spot 2: Fran Tarkenton – Only QB at time of retirement to hold every QB record. Comp, Yards passing, TD passes, rushing yards by QB, rushing TDs by QB, and games won
    Spot 3: Alan Page – First defensive player to win league MVP and top 3 DT of all time
    Spot 4: Chris Carter – Regardless what people think if him as a person, he finished top 5 in every WR category while having 9 different QBs throw to him. At least. He was the unquestioned leader of those high flying Viking teams of the ’90s. And he just might have had the best hands in NFL history.

  10. themagicfanguy says: Jun 10, 2013 12:28 PM

    Lions and Vikings should have to share a mountain.
    Mt. Nevergonnabeatthepackers.

  11. purplepride74 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:48 PM

    @rick

    Well, yeah, but in fairness the team didn’t exist until 1961, so kind of hard for it to be anything different…

  12. purplepride74 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:48 PM

    @bcuklinus

    All good points, but it’s “Cris..”

  13. vikj says: Jun 10, 2013 3:07 PM

    This Is the Dumbest poll I’ve ever seen. There should be tons of Viking candidates for this poll. I’ll just name a FEW.

    Randall McDaniel – His omission is ridiculous
    Keith Millard
    Henry Thomas
    Joey Browner

    I know there are many more someone elese could add to this list.

  14. deltaoracle says: Jun 10, 2013 4:22 PM

    Gary Anderson will attempt a pressure kick of a bottle of champagne into Mt. Mini to christen it.

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