Danielle Hunter learns he broke an Alan Page record while meeting Alan Page

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Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter racked up 12.5 sacks in 2016. Unusual but still a far cry from record-breaking, Hunter found out on Thursday that there actually was an historic quality to the achievement — from the person who previously held the distinction.

Via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Alan Page told Hunter that he had broken Page’s record for being the youngest player to lead the team in sacks.

“Yeah, he said I beat his record I think by a few months being the youngest pass rusher to get the most sacks,” Hunter said. “I knew about him, but that was my first time actually meeting him face-to-face.”

Hunter led the team in sacks at 22 years and two months; Page did it at 22 and four months.

“More power to him,” Page said. “Somebody else will break any other records I may have. That’s what those things are for — for somebody to strive to do better.”

A third-round pick in 2015, Hunter got each of his sacks without starting a single game. That may change in 2017, with Hunter forcing his way into the starting lineup next to Everson Griffin.

Another big year also could set Hunter up for a big second contract. He’s eligible for one upon the conclusion of the 2017 regular season.

45 responses to “Danielle Hunter learns he broke an Alan Page record while meeting Alan Page

  1. Hunter is a monster. Any young, talented defensive linemen would be lucky to be coached by Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson. Datone Jones is going to resurrect his career in Minnesota this year now that he’s finally out of that defensive wasteland to the east.

  2. The guy is an animal.

    Vikings have had some pretty good starting DEs in the past 10 years:
    Jared Allen trade KC
    Everson Griffen 4th round
    Brian Robison 4th round
    Danielle Hunter 3rd round
    Ray Edwards 4th round (16.5 sacks last 2 years with team)

    Speilman overall kind of sucks at drafting outside of the 1st round, but hes done a good job with DEs

  3. I’m surprised Page kept track of his records as he has always seemed like the type of guy that could care less. Maybe he was reviewing the record book during a boring Supreme Court oral argument.

  4. Alan Page was a beast, and a very humble guy. Any comparison to Page is a good thing.

  5. “Danielle Hunter learns he broke an Alan Page record while meeting Alan Page”

    Actually, he broke the record on the field. He only learned about it during the meeting with page.

  6. Played 2 season as a backup rotational guy and he just turned 22. 8 more years of domination coming from this guy. This is the year the defense comes into its own. They have been up this point, but should be great this year, no weak links.

  7. tootitan says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:06 PM
    “Danielle Hunter learns he broke an Alan Page record while meeting Alan Page”

    Actually, he broke the record on the field. He only learned about it during the meeting with page.

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    He found out he broke the record while meeting Alan Page. Title makes sense, you misinterpreted it.

  8. Hunter had 1.5 sacks his last year at LSU and he has 18.5 sacks in two years with the Vikings. Zimmer loves to draft raw athletes and coach them up and it’s working so far.

  9. Closed circuit to Packer fans: A “sack” is when a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. It’s that thing that happens right before Rodgers curses out an offensive lineman.

  10. Ariani have you ever made a post that didn’t mention the Packers? You need to get help with that obsession.

  11. Closed circuit to Packer fans: A “sack” is when a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage
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    Such wonderful irony. The last time the Packers played the Vikings we laid 38 pts on your “defense” and had four sacks so yeah, we know all about them. Not sure why your talking after finishing third in the division en route to a lackluster 8-8, but you are. Kind of like browns fans talking trash to steeler fans.

  12. I admittedly don’t know anything about Alan Page but I can say with certainty that he was never part of a championship team!!

  13. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:39 PM

    Ariani have you ever made a post that didn’t mention the Packers? You need to get help with that obsession.
    _______

    Does anyone else see the irony in this statement?

  14. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:46 PM
    Closed circuit to Packer fans: A “sack” is when a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage
    ——-
    Such wonderful irony. The last time the Packers played the Vikings we laid 38 pts on your “defense” and had four sacks so yeah, we know all about them. Not sure why your talking after finishing third in the division en route to a lackluster 8-8, but you are. Kind of like browns fans talking trash to steeler fans.

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    Except the Browns haven’t beaten the Steelers or won the division lately…the Vikes are 2-2 against the Packers the last two seasons and won the division 2 seasons ago….so not the same at all…

  15. Hunter is an example of Zimmer’s talent as a coach. The scouting reports on Hunter prior to the draft were less than stellar. He has develop into a top-flight pass rusher, and has improved against the run. It’s hard to see Brian Robison holding him off from winning the starter’s job.

    BTW, Alan Page was a great player and a classy man. It would be nice to see the rift between him and Bud Grant come to an end while both men are still alive.

  16. Danielle Hunter is going to be a superstar in the NFL.

    His 12.5 sacks last year was as the backup LDE, with around 60% of the passing snaps.

    This year he gets the starting job.

  17. arianil985 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 4:00 PM

    I admittedly don’t know anything about Alan Page but I can say with certainty that he was never part of a championship team!!

    ))))))))))))))))
    You would be wrong thinking this way. Alan Page was on the 1969 NFL championship team.
    You should have just stated.

    “I admittedly don’t know anything.”

  18. Hunter was a steal and has really come into his own. I look forward to another solid year .

  19. These Packers fans talking about the Vikings going 8-8 last year… lol.

    Hey Green Bay- if you lost your starting QB, both OTs and a OG, how well would your team do?

    GB Packers = Browns w a QB.

  20. absodefinitely says:
    Jun 2, 2017 4:13 PM
    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:46 PM
    Closed circuit to Packer fans: A “sack” is when a defensive player tackles the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage
    ——-
    Such wonderful irony. The last time the Packers played the Vikings we laid 38 pts on your “defense” and had four sacks so yeah, we know all about them. Not sure why your talking after finishing third in the division en route to a lackluster 8-8, but you are. Kind of like browns fans talking trash to steeler fans.

    —————————————————————-

    Except the Browns haven’t beaten the Steelers or won the division lately…the Vikes are 2-2 against the Packers the last two seasons and won the division 2 seasons ago….so not the same at all…

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    When a .500 record and a single division title over two years is the BEST you can cherry pick out of a decade PLUS of domination, you should probably just sit quietly and enjoy your Hot Pocket.

  21. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 3:09 PM
    notice TT passed on him not ONCE but 4 Times!!!! he sure is a genius!!

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    Yes, TT passed on a 4-3 DE because GB runs a 3-4 base defense. I guess you’re the genius. You and the 16 other Vikings fans (and counting) who thumbed up your inane comment.

  22. “Hey Green Bay- if you lost your starting QB, both OTs and a OG, how well would your team do?”

    You forgot to cry about Peterson being out too.

    Vikings did have a lot of injuries, but Bradford was and is better than Bridgewater. There really is NO comparison in Rodgers and Bridgewater, so to ask how GB would do if they lost their starting QB is meaningless. Packers also had many key injuries. Losing all-pro CB Sam Shields for the year in the 1st game was worse than any injury the Vikings had. Packers lost all of their top 4 CBs for significant parts of the season, both starting ILBs, starting TE, starting center, and top 4 RBs for much of the year.

    Pretty much the same as the Vikings had to deal with, just at different positions.

    Another thing. Why do Viking fams refer to Aaron Rodgers as Erin when the Vikings actually had an Erin on their team, and now have a Danielle?

  23. Yes, TT passed on a 4-3 DE because GB runs a 3-4 base defense. I guess you’re the genius. You and the 16 other Vikings fans (and counting) who thumbed up your inane comment.

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    If there’s one thing Ted Thompson is great at, it’s identifying and drafting talented players that are tailor made for the Packers defensive scheme. That’s why Ted spent 9 of his last 12 first picks of the draft on a defender and why the Packers field one of the elite NFL defenses every year.

    Oh, wait.

  24. If my choice was either the Vikings or Packers, it would be a big disappointment to me to read the comments of the fans of both teams on PFT. And, I am sure not going to divulge my favorite team. (of many years)

  25. djvh2 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:12 PM

    Another thing. Why do Viking fams refer to Aaron Rodgers as Erin when the Vikings actually had an Erin on their team, and now have a Danielle?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Because they’re obsessed… which speaks volumes to their latent dreams and desires.

  26. Yes, TT passed on a 4-3 DE because GB runs a 3-4 base defense. I guess you’re the genius. You and the 16 other Vikings fans (and counting) who thumbed up your inane comment.
    ______

    He drafted Datone Jones and tried to make him a linebacker, didn’t he?

  27. Alan Page was awesome. I used to love watching the footage of Page, Eller, Marshall and Larsen roaming the trenches back in the old frozen stadium. Still doesn’t feel right that the Vikings play indoors. I know it’s better for fans, but they seemed to lose their mystique when they moved indoors.

  28. therealbigben says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:24 PM

    Danielle. Ha.

    )))))))))))))))))

    12 1/2 sacks last year. Nothing to laugh at while playing as a nonstarter. I doubt you have anyone on your roster posting number close to this as a backup.

  29. fmc651 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 4:22 PM
    You would be wrong thinking this way. Alan Page was on the 1969 NFL championship team.
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    So if we apply your standards for acknowledged championships, you’re saying the Packers actually have 15 championships, not 13?

  30. Alan Page was actually part of 4 Championship teams; He was on one NFL Champion in the pre-merger era, and then 3 NFC Champions in the 70’s.

    The NFL Championship and AFL Championship in the pre-merger era are tantamount to today’s AFC or NFC Championship and are not celebrated like the championships of the pre-merger era (by most fans, anyway). A very few have the bizarre belief that the pre-merger championships don’t matter because there was no playoff system then, in the same manner there were no playoffs leading to the World Series in MLB prior to 1969.

  31. Wait a minute. Where are all the Viking “fans” that enjoy giving grown men feminine nicknames? Where are you guys? This one is on a silver platter for you. Did your “rules” change? Come on!

  32. stew48 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:27 PM
    If my choice was either the Vikings or Packers, it would be a big disappointment to me to read the comments of the fans of both teams on PFT. And, I am sure not going to divulge my favorite team. (of many years)
    ===================================
    Don’t worry. Detective fmc651 will assign you a favorite team.

  33. stew48 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:27 PM
    If my choice was either the Vikings or Packers, it would be a big disappointment to me to read the comments of the fans of both teams on PFT. And, I am sure not going to divulge my favorite team. (of many years)
    ///////////////////////////////////

    There’s no shame cheering for the Patriots………Michael.

    If you’re new to Packer/Viking threads, you need to know it’s all monkey see, monkey do. The Viking fans have no shame or self-respect. They refuse to give the Packers their due. They have nothing to fight with but insults and putdowns. That’s all they have and they know it. If they would show respect, they’d earn respect, but they’re too arrogant to figure it out.

    As a Patriots fan you know what I’m talking about.

  34. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:27 AM
    stew48 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:27 PM
    If my choice was either the Vikings or Packers, it would be a big disappointment to me to read the comments of the fans of both teams on PFT. And, I am sure not going to divulge my favorite team. (of many years)
    ///////////////////////////////////

    There’s no shame cheering for the Patriots………Michael.

    If you’re new to Packer/Viking threads, you need to know it’s all monkey see, monkey do. The Viking fans have no shame or self-respect. They refuse to give the Packers their due. They have nothing to fight with but insults and putdowns. That’s all they have and they know it. If they would show respect, they’d earn respect, but they’re too arrogant to figure it out.

    As a Patriots fan you know what I’m talking about

    ****

    Vikes fans refuse to give the Packers their due because Packer fans do enough of that already.

  35. 13worldchampioinships says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:54 AM
    stellarperformance says:
    Jun 5, 2017 9:27 AM
    stew48 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:27 PM
    If my choice was either the Vikings or Packers, it would be a big disappointment to me to read the comments of the fans of both teams on PFT. And, I am sure not going to divulge my favorite team. (of many years)
    ///////////////////////////////////

    There’s no shame cheering for the Patriots………Michael.

    If you’re new to Packer/Viking threads, you need to know it’s all monkey see, monkey do. The Viking fans have no shame or self-respect. They refuse to give the Packers their due. They have nothing to fight with but insults and putdowns. That’s all they have and they know it. If they would show respect, they’d earn respect, but they’re too arrogant to figure it out.

    As a Patriots fan you know what I’m talking about

    ****

    Secondly, this article is about a young athlete performing at an incredible level and breaking a random record from a former HOF Viking, and Packer fans are on this particular article thread talking about “paying respect and dues”. Nope. You’re annoying all of us.

    And you have peers who have made jabs at people dying on the 35W bridge collapse and Stringer’s death in training camp. So please spare us the sentiment that Packer fans are more respectable.

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