Today we will look at the top NFL bobbleheads from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings entered the NFL as an expansion team in 1961, and had much success in their first 2 decades, getting to 4 Super Bowls, although losing them all.
Know for their “Purple People Eaters” defense line of the late ’60s and ’70s, Minnesota has a long history of great players. Even though they have a much shorter history than the other teams in the current NFC North (Chicago, Green Bay, and Detroit), they have established a culture of tough defense and spectacular offense, fitting right into the “Black and Blue” division as the North was once called.
Here are the top NFL bobbleheads from the Minnesota Vikings.
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Fran Tarkenton – Quarterback 1961 – 1978
Fran Tarkenton played two stints with the Vikings, although his first 6 years there were with the newly created expansion team, so there was not much success. When Tarkenton returned in 1972, however, Tarkenton led the Vikings to 3 separate Super Bowl appearances.
When Fran Tarkenton retired in 1978 he owned every major quarterback record in the NFL, including passing yards, touchdowns and completions. A 9-time Pro Bowler, the only thing off of his resume is a Super Bowl victory.
Randy Moss – Wide Receiver 1998 – 2012
Quite possibly the greatest receiver in NFL history not named Jerry Rice, Randy Moss came into the league setting records, as he had a rookie record 17 touchdowns in 1998.
He also set the NFL record for touchdowns in a season, with 23, and sits second overall in receiving touchdowns with 156. Overall he led the NFL in touchdown catches 5 different years, and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2018.
Alan Page – Defensive Tackle 1967 – 1981
A famed member of the Purple People Eaters defensive line, Page is one of 11 Vikings who played in all 4 Super Bowls that they made it to. He was the first-ever defensive player to win the NFL MVP Award, and only Lawrence Taylor has done it since.
Even though sacks were not an official statistic, Alan Page is credited with 148.5 in his career and played 218 straight games. Page was selected to the Pro Bowl 9 times and finished as first-team All-Pro 6 times, and second-team 3 other times.
After his playing career, Page was elected as an Associate Justice to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the first African American to have done so. He would win re-election 3 more times, before being forced to retire due to the law in Minnesota stating that you must do so at the end of the month that they turn 70.
Chris Carter – Wide Receiver 1987 – 2002
Chris Carter had a difficult start to his career, eventually being cut by Philadelphia Head Coach Buddy Ryan for drug and alcohol use. He turned it around when he came to Minnesota, however, becoming one of the best wide receivers in NFL history, joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Chris Carter left the Minnesota Vikings as their all-time leader in receptions (1,004), receiving yards (12,383) and touchdowns (110). Carter proved to be as dependable as anyone, catching anything that was near him.
Gary Larsen – Defensive Tackle 1964 – 1974
Another member of the Purple People Eaters, Larsen was the main run-stopper while the other 3 defensive linemen could focus on attacking the quarterback.
Adrian Peterson – Running Back 2007 – present
One of the most explosive running backs in NFL history, Adrian Peterson has been one of the best backs in the league ever since he was selected with the 7th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
In his rookie year, Peterson set the NFL record for rushing yards in a game with 296, on his way to winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He followed that up with an epic year in 2012, rushing for 2,097 yards, only 9 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s NFL record. Peterson won the NFL MVP Award that season and was one of 3 seasons in which he led the league in rushing (also in 2008 and 2015).
Adrian Peterson currently sits at fifth on the all-time rushing yards list, just over 1,000 yards behind Barry Sanders and Frank Gore which would put him third behind Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith. Only 34, he could have a couple more years ahead of him to get there.
Adam Thielen – Wide Receiver 2013 – present
Joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Thielen has become one of the top receivers in the league in the last few years. His ability to get open and make plays in big games has made him one of the favorite targets for Viking quarterbacks.
He began as a special teams player but moved up after a couple of years of hard work. Thielen tied the NFL record for most consecutive 100 yards games with 8 during the 2018 season.
Dalvin Cook – Running Back 2017 – present
Another young budding offensive superstar, Dalvin Cook was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. Although there have been questions about his durability, when healthy Cook is one of the best backs in the NFL.
Kirk Cousins – Quarterback 2012 – present
Initially drafted by the Washington Redskins to back up Robert Griffin III, Cousins was franchised tagged by them 2 different seasons before leaving as a free agent in 2018.
He signed a rare fully – guaranteed 3-year contract with the Vikings after that, and after a tough first year Cousins was able to get the Vikings back to the playoffs in 2019, and upset the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round before losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round.
Daunte Culpepper – Quarterback 1999 – 2009
Culpepper was selected 11th overall in the 1999 NFL draft, and was selected to 3 Pro Bowls in the first 7 years he was with the Vikings. His most successful season was 2004 when he was responsible for a then – NFL record 5,123 yards.
Historic moment – Minneapolis Miracle – January 14, 2018
One of the greatest moments of recent history for the Minnesota Vikings came in the divisional round of the 2017 NFL playoffs. The Vikings started the game up 17-0 over the New Orleans Saints but saw their lead eventually vanish when the Saints went up 24-23 with only 25 seconds left in the game.
With just about all hope lost, Case Keenum was able to find Stefon Diggs near the sidelines, where instead of trying to go out of bounds to save time on the clock, rather avoided Saints defensive back Marcus Williams and ran for the score to complete the 61-yard touchdown pass.
This became known as the Minneapolis Miracle and was the first playoff game in NFL history to end with a touchdown as time expired.
There are the top NFL bobbleheads for the Minnesota Vikings, and one of the most exciting moments in NFL history. Who do you think should be on this list? Any players that you would like to see with their own bobblehead? Let me know in the comments below!