A trio of historic — and Hall of Fame — Vikings offensive linemen have been named finalists for the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
Guard Randall McDaniel, center Mick Tingelhoff and tackle Ron Yary were recently announced among 40 total offensive linemen finalists. The All-Time Team will feature 18 linemen (seven tackles, seven guards and four centers), and will be unveiled this Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network.
McDaniel played 12 of his 14 seasons with the Vikings, suiting up in Purple from 1988 to 1999. He started 202 consecutive games in his career and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. McDaniel blocked for five 1,000-yard rushers and three 3,000-yard passers in his career.
A first-round pick in 1988 out of Arizona State, McDaniel was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2006. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tingelhoff played all 17 of his seasons with Minnesota (1962-1978). The durable center never missed a start in 240 consecutive regular-season games, a run that ranks second in franchise history behind Jim Marshall (270). A seven-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection, Tingelhoff played in all four of Minnesota's Super Bowl appearances.
An undrafted free agent out of Nebraska, Tingelhoff was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2001. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Yary was the No. 1 pick by the Vikings in the 1968 NFL Draft and was a mainstay at right tackle for nearly 14 seasons in Purple from 1968 to 1981. A six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Yary also played in all four of Minnesota's Super Bowl appearances.
Yary was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2001, and he was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor a month later.
Hall of Famers John Randle and Alan Page were selected to the NFL's All-Time Team last month along the defensive line.
View images of the Vikings and Lions in Big Head Mode as the team defeated Detroit 20-7 on Sunday.
Linval Joseph made presence felt against Lions
The Vikings defensive line was all over the place Sunday, as the unit racked up five sacks on Lions quarterback David Blough and limited Detroit to just 70 rushing yards on 22 attempts.
But perhaps the most important figure in the trenches was a guy who didn't have a sack or a ton of tackles.
Arif Hasan of The Athletic wrote that Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph looked like his old self Sunday in helping Minnesota cruise to a 20-7 win behind a strong defensive showing.
After a rough outing against Seattle, it might have seemed like Linval Joseph was suffering from the remnants of the knee injury that forced him into surgery a month ago — perhaps a sign that he returned a little too soon. With another week of recovery, however, it looks a lot like Joseph is back to form.
Though his box score statistics were fairly anemic — two solo tackles, with no quarterback hits or sacks — his presence was enormous. On at least two of the five sacks that the Vikings generated, Joseph split a double team and forced Lions quarterback Blough to move laterally instead of up into the pocket, where he might have had room to run or step into a throw.
Joseph played the first nine games of the season, racking up sacks in games against Atlanta, Green Bay and Washington. He then missed back-to-back games at Dallas and against Denver with a knee injury.
He returned in Week 13 against Seattle, and then showed up in a big way Sunday against Detroit.
Joseph signed with the Vikings as a free agent before the 2014 season and was dominant at times during the 2015 season. He made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2016 and 2017, but dealt with injuries in 2018.
Hasan noted that when healthy, Joseph is among the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the NFL. That was certainly the case Sunday.
There was a marked drop-off in 2015 when Joseph was forced to miss games, and it seemed like we'd see that once more, even with the welcome arrival of Armon Watts onto the scene. Now, it seems like the Vikings can continue to be a complete team on defense.
According to coaches' stats, Joseph has 50 total tackles in 2019, along with six tackles for loss and a trio of sacks. He has also forced a fumble.