The Minnesota Vikings have a rich history, which has made the choice of narrowing it down to four players involved with the organization to go on their Mount Rushmore tough.
There are plenty of players like Adrian Peterson, Cris Carter, and Randall McDaniel who deserve a spot, but they just missed out.
Let’s break down the four players that would go on the Vikings’ Mount Rushmore.
Fran Tarkenton was selected in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Vikings. Tarkenton played two different stints with Minnesota, leading the team to a lot of success. From 1961-66, Tarkenton was with the Vikings, and from 1972-78, he again was with the team.
The 1975 season was Tarkenton’s best in the NFL. The Vikings finished the regular season with a 12-2 record, and for his efforts, he was named the NFL’s most valuable player.
How can you have a Mount Rushmore without including the best coach in Vikings history? Grant was a great CFL coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before he took over the Vikings in 1967. He was a coach who believed in discipline, which led to a lot of great Minnesota teams.
Grant didn’t allow heaters on the sideline and required his players to practice outdoors during the winter to get ready for games. With the Vikings, he had a 158-95-5 record during the regular season. In 1969, Grant was named the NFL coach of the year.
Alan Page was selected in the first round of the 1967 draft, and it didn’t take long for him to become one of the best players in the NFL. Page was consistently in the backfield making life tough on quarterbacks and running backs.
Page was one of the members of the “Purple People Eaters” that were headaches for opposing teams. Two times, Page was named the NFL defensive player of the year. Once he retired, he was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor and also given the Presidental Medal of Freedom.
Randy Moss was selected in the first round of the 1998 draft after a draft-day slide. It didn’t take long for him to prove other teams that passed on him that they had made a mistake.
During his rookie season, Moss caught 69 passes for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns. In six of his seven years with the Vikings, he caught at least ten touchdown passes.
Moss was also inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.