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Panel & Fans Vote on Vikings Best RBs & FB from 2010-19

A new decade is upon us, as the Vikings have their sights set on 2020 and beyond. But before we fully turn to what's next, Vikings fans looked back at some of their favorite players from the previous decade.

Minnesota went 81-77-2in the seasons between 2010 and 2019, winning a pair of NFC North titles and making four total playoff appearances during the decade (2-4 in postseason play).

There isn't an All-Decade Team for the Minnesota Vikings, but if there was one, who would be on it for their play with the team between 2010-19? opened the topic for debate to a panel featuring "Voice of the Vikings" Paul Allen, analyst Pete Bercich, Mark Rosen and Kevin Seifert. Fans also were invited to vote online for their best players of the decade. Fans could vote for two running backs and one fullback. More than 5,000 ballots were cast.


Adrian Peterson, 2012-2016

Fan Vote: 5,173 votes

Stats from the Decade: 77 games, 1,503 rushing attempts for 7,263 yards (4.8 yards per carry) with 57 rushing touchdowns, 61 rushes of 20-plus yards; 158 receptions for 1,116 yards and four touchdowns

Thoughts from the Panel

"It's Adrian by a mile … the 2012 [NFL] MVP." — Paul Allen

"I think he was the best running back, period, in the NFL for the decade. … When you look back, you realize how much teams did to scheme to stop him, and they still couldn't do it. That's a man, and a great running back." — Pete Bercich

Dalvin Cook, 2017-2019

Fan Vote: 4,512 votes

Stats from the Decade: 29 games, 457 rushing attempts for 2,104 yards (4.6 yards per carry) with 17 rushing touchdowns, 15 rushes of 20-plus yards; 104 receptions for 914 yards and two touchdowns

Thoughts from the Panel

"In my mind, it's Adrian Peterson and Dalvin Cook." — Mark Rosen

"Dalvin is my second guy." — Paul Allen

C.J. Ham (fullback), 2017-2019

Fan Vote: 3,771

Stats from the Decade: 47 games, 20 rushing attempts for 38 yards (1.9 yards per carry) with a rushing touchdown; 35 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown

Thoughts from the Panel

"I went with C.J. Ham by an inch over Jerome [Felton] … this is a race to the wire won by C.J. [because of] his special teams work. Now, that's not technically as a fullback, but as a fullback, he was impeccable. The way he was utilized in the offense this year with his pass-catching ability … he was a super-accomplished tailback in college, so he had to kind of change and morph into what he's doing now." — Paul Allen

View images of the Vikings All-Decade Team candidates at running back.

Also received votes…

Jerick McKinnon, 2014-2017

Stats from the Decade: 58 games, 474 rushing attempts for 1,918 yards (4.0 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns, nine rushes of 20-plus yards; 142 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns

Latavius Murray, 2017-2018

Stats from the Decade: 32 games, 356 rushing attempts for 1,420 yards (4.0 yards per carry) with 14 touchdowns, 13 rushes of 20-plus yards; 37 receptions for 244 yards

Toby Gerhart, 2010-13

Stats from the Decade: 61 games, 276 rushing attempts for 1,305 yards (4.7 yards per carry) with five touchdowns, nine rushes of 20-plus yards; 77 receptions for 600 yards and three touchdowns

Matt Asiata, 2012-16

Stats from the Decade: 74 games, 361 rushing attempts for 1,259 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns, three rushes of 20-plus yards; 101 receptions for 722 yards and one touchdown

Jerome Felton (fullback), 2012-2014

Stats from the Decade: 45 games, 4 rushing attempts for 27 yards (6.7 yards per carry), one rush of 20-plus yards; nine receptions for 72 yards

Zach Line (fullback), 2013-16

Stats from the Decade: 35 games, 13 rushing attempts for 25 yards (1.9 yards per carry), two touchdowns; seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown