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View all Pro Football Hall of Famers that have played for the Vikings.

 

 

Cris Carter

 

Wide Receiver...6' 3" 210 lbs...Ohio State...16 seasons: Philadelphia Eagles (1987-1989), Minnesota Vikings (1990-01), Miami Dolphins (2002)...Played in 188 and started 177 games as a Viking, a record among Vikings WRs…Played in 234 career NFL games…Named All-Pro 4 times…Played in 8 straight Pro Bowls, 1993-00...Caught a pass in Vikings-record 111 straight games...Holds Vikings records for catches (1,004), receiving TDs (110) and receiving yards (12,383)...Holds Vikings record with 40 career 100-yard receiving games...Named to NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 1990s...Recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Award by the NFL Players Association and the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 1999...Claimed by Vikings off waivers from Philadelphia in 1990…Selected by Philadelphia in 4th round of 1987 supplemental draft...Born November 25, 1965 in Troy, OH...Inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor September 14, 2003.

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Chris Doleman

 

Doleman was selected by the Vikings with the fourth overall pick in the 1985 draft as a LB out of Pittsburgh. He made the move to DE toward the end of his second NFL season and went on to lead the Vikings in sacks six times. Doleman had 10 or more sacks eight times in his career and his total of 150.5 sacks ranks fourth all-time in league history. In 1989, he led the NFL with 21.0 sacks, the fourth-most in a single season in NFL history. Doleman’s ability to strip the football was legendary, as he notched 45 career forced fumbles and recovered 24 fumbles.

In 15 years in the NFL, Doleman only endured three losing seasons and his teams appeared in the playoffs 10 times. He appeared in the playoffs in each of his final five seasons with three different teams (Atlanta, 1995; San Francisco, 1996-98; Minnesota, 1999). Doleman was known as a very durable player, suiting up for 232 of 237 games in his career. He was named a Pro Bowler eight times, six with the Vikings and one each as a member of the Falcons and 49ers. Doleman was named first-team All-Pro three times and first-team All-NFC four times. He is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Doleman received the highest honor the team could bestow upon an individual when he was inducted as the 19th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

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John Randle

 

Randle’s fierce style of play and emotional leadership were hallmarks of his 11 seasons with the Vikings (1990-2000). One of the most popular Vikings during his playing days, Randle’s high-energy style earned him the respect of teammates and opponents across the NFL. His play redefined the DT position during his era and his game-changing ability made pass rushing from the DT spot a premium. A success story from the start of his Vikings career, Randle came to the team in 1990 as an undrafted rookie free agent from Division II Texas A&I. In 1991 he cracked the regular starting lineup and he went on to start 150 of the 176 career games he played. Randle led or tied for the team lead 9 times in his 11 Vikings seasons and had 10+ sacks in 8 straight seasons from 1993-2000. Randle’s 114.0 career sacks ranks 3rd in Vikings history and ranks as the most by a DT. Randle earned starting spots for the NFC in 6 straight Pro Bowls, 1993-98, with the Vikings and went to the Pro Bowl in 2001 as a Seahawk, representing the AFC. Randle was named to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 1990s. Randle was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his Texas A&I career. Randle played 14 NFL seasons, ending his career with Seattle from 2001-03.

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Gary Zimmerman

 

Tackle...6’ 6” 294 lbs...Oregon...14 seasons: LA Express (1984-85), Minnesota Vikings (1986-92), Denver Broncos (1993-97)...Played and started 108 games for the Vikings...Played in 184 career NFL games…Named All-Pro 8 times, including 3 with Minnesota in 1988, ‘89 and ‘92…Selected to 7 Pro Bowls, including 1987-89, ‘92 with the Vikings...Originally selected in the 1st round of the 1984 Supplemental Draft by NY Giants and in 1984 USFL Draft by LA Express where he spent 1984 and ‘85 seasons... Vikings acquired his rights via trade with NY Giants in 1986...Helped Vikings to 1987 NFC Championship game...Traded to Denver in 1993 preseason…Won Super Bowl XXXII with Denver...Named to NFL All-Decade teams for 1980s and 1990s...Born December 13, 1961, in Fullerton, CA...Inducted August 2, 2008...Presented by Pat Bowlen...Other induction class members: Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett.


 

 

Randall McDaniel

 

Guard..6' 3" 287 lbs...Arizona State...14 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1988-99), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000-01)...Started 12 consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-2000), setting an NFL record...Started 202 consecutive games in his career...Blocked for five 1,000-yard rushers in his career and four 3,000-yard passers...Earned spot on Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Team of the Decade for the 1990s...His 190 games played as a Viking is tied for 7th in team history with offensive tackle Grady Alderman...Selected with the 19th overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft...Born December 19, 1964, in Phoenix, AZ...Inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor on December 17, 2006.

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Carl Eller

 

Defensive End...6' 5" 250 lbs...Minnesota...16 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1964-1978, Seattle Seahawks 1979)...Played in 209 and started 201 games as a Viking, joining Jim Marshall and Mick Tingelhoff as the only players in team history to start 200+ games…Played in 225 career NFL games…Named All-Pro 5 times, including 4 straight from 1968-71…Played in 6 Pro Bowls, 1968-71, 73-74... Started at left defensive end in four Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX, XI)...Vikings won the NFC Central in 10 of his final 11 seasons with the team…Vikings career record holder with 130.0 sacks…Holds team record with a sack in 8 straight games and is the only Viking to post 15+ sacks in a season multiple times…Selected with the 6th overall pick in the NFL Draft in 1964...Born February 25, 1942, in Winston-Salem, NC...Inducted August 8, 2004... Presented by Regis Eller …Other induction class members: Bob Brown, John Elway, Barry Sanders.

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Ron Yary

 

Tackle...6' 5" 255 lbs...Southern California...15 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1968-1981), Los Angeles Rams (1982)...Drafted by Minnesota with the 1st overall pick in 1968....Took over the Vikings right tackle spot midway through the 1969 season and was a fixture there for the rest of his career...Was named All-Pro 6 consecutive times...Was All-NFC 8 straight seasons...Played in 7 Pro Bowls...Started at right tackle in Super Bowls IV, VII, IX, XI...Missed only 2 games in his career with injuries due to a broken ankle in 1980 but came back to play with the injury for the rest of the season...His blend of size, speed and strength was unique at the time and ushered in a new era of offensive line play...Born July 16, 1946, in Chicago, IL...Inducted into the Hall of Fame August 4, 2001....Presented by John Michels...Other induction class members: Nick Buoniconti, Marv Levy, Mike Munchak, Jackie Slater, Lynn Swann, Jack Youngblood.

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Paul Krause

 

Safety...6' 3" 200 lbs...Iowa...16 seasons: Washington Redskins (1964-1967) and Minnesota Vikings (1968-1979)...Second-round pick by Washington Redskins, 1964...Led NFL in interceptions with 12 as a rookie and was named 1st-team All Pro...In his 1st season as a Viking he intercepted passes in 6 consecutive games...Still the all-time NFL leader in interceptions with 81...Also ranks 3rd all-time with 1,185 career yards on interception returns...His 10 interceptions in 1975 remains a club record...Played in 8 Pro Bowls...Started at safety in 4 Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX, XI)...Voted All-NFL 4 times and All-NFC 5 times...Born February 19, 1942, in Flint, MI...Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame August 1, 1998....Presented by Jerry Burns...Other induction class members: Tommy McDonald, Anthony Munoz, Mike Singletary, Dwight Stephenson.

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Bud Grant

 

Head Coach...Minnesota...18 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1967-1983, 1985)...NFL regular season coaching record 158-96-5...Had 10- 12 mark in postseason play...Led Vikings to 11 NFC/NFL divisional championships, claiming titles in 1968-71, 1973-78, 1980...Led team to 1969 NFL title...National Football Conference Champions 1973, 1974, 1976...His Vikings teams played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, XI...First person to be elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame (May 13, 1983)...In 28 seasons as a head coach, won a total of 290 football games...1969 NFL Coach of the Year...Came to the Vikings after a 10-year tenure (102-56-2) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League...Led Blue Bombers to 6 Western Conference championships...Grant brought the Bombers to 6 Grey Cups, winning the CFL Championship 4 times 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962...Played 6 years of professional football, 2 with Philadelphia Eagles (1951-52) and 4 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1953-1956)...Holds pro football record for most interceptions in a game with 5 vs. Saskatchewan (10/28/53)...Played 2 seasons with the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers (1950-1951)...Born May 20, 1927, in Superior, WI...Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame July 30, 1994...Presented by Sid Hartman...Other induction class members: Tony Dorsett, Jimmy Johnson, Leroy Kelly, Jackie Smith, Randy White.

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Jim Finks

 

Administrator...Tulsa...22 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1964-1973), Chicago Bears (1974-1982), New Orleans Saints (1986-1993)...Served as Vikings general manager and vicepresident...Hired Bud Grant in 1967 from the CFL...Finks helped the Vikings win 5 NFC Central Division crowns...Vikings appeared in Super Bowls IV and VIII under Finks’ guidance...Developed Vikings, Bears and Saints, all teams with losing records, into winners...Vikings posted a 42-14 record during his 4 seasons as team general manager/vice president...1973 NFL Executive of the Year...Longtime member of the NFL competition committee...Played DB/QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1949-1955)...Born August 31, 1927, in St. Louis, MO...Died May 8, 1994...Inducted into the Hall of Fame July 29, 1995...Inducted posthumously, represented by his son, Jim Finks, Jr....Presented by Edward W. McCaskey...Other induction class members: Henry Jordan, Steve Largent, Lee Roy Selmon, Kellen Winslow.

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Alan Page

 

Defensive Tackle...6' 4" 225 lbs...Notre Dame... 15 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1967-1978), Chicago Bears (1978-1981)...Consensus All- America, 1966...First-round pick, 1967...Played in 236 straight games, including 4 Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX, XI)...Named NFL Most Valuable Player 1971...Four-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year...All NFL/NFC 9 years...Played in 9 Pro Bowls...Career marks: 23 opponent fumble recoveries...Blocked 28 kicks...Recorded 148.5 sacks...Currently serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court...Remains active in the Twin Cities community through the Page Education Foundation...Born August 7, 1945, in Canton, OH...Inducted into the Hall of Fame July 30, 1988...Presented by Minneapolis public schools principal Willarene Beasley...Other induction class members: Fred Biletnikoff, Mike Ditka, Jack Ham.

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Fran Tarkenton

 

Quarterback...6' 0" 185 lbs...Georgia...18 seasons: Minnesota Vikings (1961-1966, 1972-1978) New York Giants (1967-1971)...Third-round pick, 1961...An instant Vikings star with 4 TD passes after coming off the bench to beat the Bears 37- 13 in the 1st game in franchise history vs. Chicago (9/17/61)...Dealt to New York in 1967 and back to the Vikings in 1972 in stunning trades...At retirement, led NFL lifetime passers in attempts (6,467), completions (3,686), passing yards (47,003), TD passes (342)...1975 NFL Most Valuable Player...Rushed for 3,674 yards, 32 TDs...Led Vikings to 3 Super Bowls (VIII, IX, XI)...A 4-time All-NFL selection...Played in 9 Pro Bowls...Born February 3, 1940, in Richmond, VA...Inducted into the Hall of Fame August 2, 1986...Presented by Max Winter...Other induction class members: Paul Hornung, Ken Houston, Willie Lanier, Doak Walker.

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Other players in Pro Football Hall of Fame who played for or coached the Minnesota Vikings:

Hugh McElhenny, Halfback, 1961-1962

Norm Van Brocklin, Head Coach, 1961-1966

Jim Langer, Center, 1980-1981

Jan Stenerud, Kicker, 1984-1985

Dave Casper, Tight End, 1983

Warren Moon, Quarterback, 1994-96

Gary Zimmerman, Tackle, 1986-92