Yannick Ngakoue is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings and he already has lofty expectations for himself.
Before taking a single snap with the Vikings, Ngakoue shared that his ultimate goal is to become a Hall of Famer (per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press).
“I see in the building, they have on the wall all the Hall of Famers,” Ngakoue, 25, said, via ProFootballTalk. “I just feel that’s the biggest motivation, if you really love this game and this sport. You look to your right, and you see the John Randles, the Randy Mosses, the Cris Carters. . . . That’s my aspiration, to be a Hall of Famer, and I’m working and striving to do that each and every day.”
Immediately after his trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ngakoue didn’t waste any time getting acclimated to his new home. The Pro Bowl defensive end would take a tour of TCO Performance Center, Minnesota’s team facility.
While walking through the building, Ngakoue saw all of the Vikings players that have been inducted into Canton. Upon seeing that, he is focused on being the next name added to that list.
In his first four seasons with the Jaguars, Ngakoue has accumulated 37.5 sacks, 85 quarterback hits, and 14 forced fumbles. Despite his production thus far, Ngakoue is only 25 years old and still has room for improvement moving forward.
With the Vikings, Ngakoue will get a chance to form a daunting pass-rushing duo with Danielle Hunter. Even though he has a ways to go until he’s Hall of Fame worthy, Ngakoue has his sights on wearing a gold jacket someday.