John Randle, Kevin Williams want a Purple People Eaters statue in Minnesota

Minnesota Vikings vs San Diego Chargers - December 5, 1971
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John Randle and Kevin Williams were part of a great Vikings defensive line, but it’s a defensive line that came before them they’d like to see get a special honor outside the Vikings’ stadium.

Randle and Williams told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that they think a statue of the Purple People Eaters, the Vikings’ great defensive line of the 1960s and 1970s, should be constructed outside U.S. Bank Stadium.

I would love to see a statue in front [of U.S. Bank Stadium] of the Purple People Eaters, because when you talk about the Minnesota Vikings, you talk about the Purple People Eaters,’’ Randle said. “That’s where it started, Minnesota Vikings football.’’

Williams, who is set to be inducted into the Vikings’ Ring of Honor next week, agreed.

“That sounds like a great idea,” Williams said. “You see these other teams put their great players outside their stadium. I mean, who is more deserving than those guys?”

The Purple People Eaters initially consisted of Alan Page and Gary Larsen at defensive tackle, and Carl Eller and Jim Marshall at defensive end. When Larsen retired, Doug Sutherland took his place. All five of those Purple People Eaters would be worthy of having that recognition in Minnesota.

11 responses to “John Randle, Kevin Williams want a Purple People Eaters statue in Minnesota

  1. Here’s the problem, when it counted most the Vikings were completely dominated. Each Super Bowl the Minnesota Vikings not only lost but were completely dominated. I know, I’m old enough to have been a Viking fan from day one and it hurts a whole lot to this day. I love Marshall, Eller, Page and Larsen but when it counted most they were overwhelmed-it hurts a lot to this day!

  2. nhpats2011 says:
    September 26, 2021 at 8:46 am
    They might as well because they won’t have any Lombardis to put on display


    Just a thought but Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl and is still considered one of the greatest to play the game.They ate talking over body of work here in a career not just a couple of games.

  3. Randle on the PPE:

    “That’s where it started, Minnesota Vikings football.’’

    Not true. It started considerably earlier with Fran Tarkenton, Tommy Mason, Bill Brown, Rip Hawkins, Ed Sharockman, Lonnie Warwick, etc.

    In the ’70s, Tarkenton, Foreman, Krause, and Yary had just as much to do with Viking success as the PPE. Also Bud Grant. And above all, Jim Finks.

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