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  1. One more for the road! Vikings that have worn the number 64: Mike Rabold (1961 - 1962) Milt Sunde (1964 - 1974) Grant Feasel (1984) Ted Million (1987) Mark Hanson (1987) Randall McDaniel (1988 - 1999) Anthony Herrera (2005 - 2011) Willie Beavers (2016) Josh Kline (2019) The number 64 features the man that might be the greatest player at his position in the history of the National Football League. Randall McDaniel. The Vikings selected McDaniel in the first round in 1988, and he immediately became a fixture for the team on the offensive line. He missed just two starts in his entire Vikings’ career, and started every game at left guard for the Vikings from 1990 to 1999. How good was he? Well, he was named a first-team All-Pro seven times, and made the Pro Bowl eleven consecutive times as a member of the Vikings. . .every year except his rookie season. McDaniel was also a member of the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team, largely because he was not just good, he was a dominant force for the Vikings on the offensive line. His longevity and his ridiculous athletic ability (including his rumored sub-4.7 second 40-yard dash time) are just a couple of the things that make him, in this writer’s opinion, the best offensive lineman that has ever worn a Minnesota Vikings uniform. Like a few others, McDaniel did eventually get a championship ring. Unfortunately, it was not with the Vikings, as he finished his career with the Bucs, and won a Super Bowl as a part of that franchise instead. McDaniel was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, is a member of the Vikings’ Ring of Honor, and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Vikings of All Time. McDaniel, in my opinion, should be in the conversation as the greatest Viking of all time (I still think Page and Tarkenton are a notch above.) He unquestionably gets the nod. Honorable mention for this one goes to Milt Sunde, who played left guard for the Vikings for the better part of a decade and was a starter on the offensive line for two of the Vikings’ four Super Bowl appearances.
  2. Now that camp is beginning, and there are other things to talk about, I will suspend my posting in this thread until such time as there is another major gap. If MOD's think I should take another approach, just let me know.
  3. Vikings that have worn the number 63: Jim Battle (1963) Jim Vellone (1966 - 1970) Nick Bebout (1980) Robert Cobb (1984) Kirk Lowdermilk (1985 - 1992) Kirk Ploeger (1987) Frank Cornish (1994) Corbin Lacina (1999 - 2002) Bill Conaty (2004) Brandon Fusco (2011 - 2016) Danny Isidora (2017-2018) The earliest prominent #63 was guard Jim Vellone, who wore the number from 1966 to 1970. After playing right guard in his first season with the team, Vellone spent four seasons at left guard, garnering the majority of the starts from 1967 to 1970. He was the starter at left guard for the Vikings’ first Super Bowl team. Up next, we have center Kirk Lowdermilk, who played for the team from 1985 to 1992. After playing sparingly in his first two seasons, Lowdermilk grabbed the starting center spot in 1987 and started 84 of the team’s 92 games during that time. He started every non-strike game during the Vikings’ run to the 1987 NFC Championship Game against the Washington Redskins. Corbin Lacina had a decent run with the Vikings from 1999 to 2002, coming to the Vikings after spending time with the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. He was the primary starter at left guard beginning in 2000, having the unenviable task of replacing all-timer Randall McDaniel at the position. He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t awful, either. Most recently, the number belonged to guard Brandon Fusco and Danny Isidora. Fusco actually got off to a decent start with the Vikings in his first couple of seasons. Then he signed a big contract extension, got injured, and just wasn’t really the same afterwards. (Switching from right guard to left guard may have been a hindrance, too.) Still, for a couple of seasons, he was a solid starter on the offensive line for this team. (info from Vikings by the Number-2016) I'm giving the nod to Kirk Lowdermilk.
  4. I get your thinking here. I just think differently. I don't think either are hall possibilities, and their impact while Vikings was about equal.
  5. Ed might be a potential HOF'er, but the likelihood of him going in are quite small. First, HOF voters are stingy when voting on offensive linemen. When they do vote for linemen, they vote for Tackles and Centers. There are only 8 pure guards in the Hall of Fame. I don't think Ed ever makes it 9.
  6. Vikings that have worn the number 62: Bob Denton (1961 - 1964) Ed White (1969 - 1977) Brent Boyd (1980 - 1986) Brad White (1987) Chris Foote (1987 - 1990) Jeff Christy (1993 - 1999) Everett Lindsay (2001 - 2003) Ryan Cook (2006 - 2010) Vladimir Ducasse (2014) Nick Easton (2016 - 2017) To me, this comes down to two names. Ed White and Jeff Christy. Ed White is one of the 11 Vikings to play in all four Minnesota Super Bowl appearances. He also made four trips to the pro bowl during his career. He was a mauler and a road grader. Often called the strongest man in football, White also was champion arm wrestler. Christy was a stalwart, reliable center for the Vikings. He was elected All-Pro twice. Smart and physically gifted, Christy anchored the middle of the line for 6 of the 7 seasons he played in Minnesota. Christy is also on the list of Vikings who had to go elsewhere to get his Super Bowl ring. Christy and guard Randall McDaniel reunited in Tampa Bay and helped the Buccaneers (along with former Viking QB Brad Johnson) win the Super Bowl. This is a tough call. I'm actually going to split the nod. Both contributed to the success of their Viking squads. Both played next to exceptional, hall of fame, players (Tinglehoff and McDaniel). Both ended their careers on other teams.
  7. Vikings that have worn the number 61: Larry Bowie (1962 - 1968) Wes Hamilton (1976 - 1984) Mike Turner (1987) Everett Lindsay (1993 - 1998) Lewis Kelly (2001 - 2003) Joe Berger (2011 - 2017) Brett Jones (2019) Larry Bowie was drafted in the 6th round in 1962 out of Purdue. He started, as a guard, all 92 games he played as a Viking. Wes Hamilton was a 3rd round draft choice out of Tulsa that played guard for the Vikings for 9 seasons. He was a sometime starter but mainly a back up. He was decent, but not nod worthy. Joe Berger is the quintessential journeyman player making 5 different stops in his career. His longest stop with any one team was when he played for the Vikings between 2011 to 2017. He was the kind of lineman that the Vikings have seemed to desire over the last decade or more. Someone who isn't expensive and can play more than one position along the offensive line. Berger played some center, but mostly was the starting right guard. He was often the best lineman on the Viking squad and was recognized in 2015 as a PFF All-Pro. The nod goes to Joe.
  8. I believe that many health professionals and scientific researchers who are predicting a COVID 2nd wave this fall that will be far worse than the spring/summer fist wave. I think the NFL will be fortunate to see a 6 game season, if even that.
  9. Other than Moon who was/is the great QB to wear #1? I can't think of any. Closest would be Newton, but I'm not ready to say he's great. NO, QB's should wear no number lower than 7 and no number higher than 19.The 00 jersey number should be reserved for mascots! When 00 is worn by an offensive lineman and a WR roughly during the same era, it's confusing. I really hate that WR's are wearing numbers in the teens. Pretty soon, the NFL will be going the way of college football...where DL's and LB's are wearing single digit jerseys. That's just chaotic.
  10. You young whippersnappers! 40's belong on WR's, RB's and DB's. 50's and 60's belong on LB's, OL's and DL's...While we are at it: 1-6 Kickers/Punters 7-19 Quarterbacks 20-29 WR, RB's, DB's 30-39 RB's, DB's 40-49 RB's, WR's, DB's 50-59 LB's, Centers and Guards 60-69 LB's, Guards, DT's 70-79 OT's, DL 80-89 WR, TE, DL 90-99 DL
  11. Vikings that have worn the number 60: Roy Winston (1962 - 1976) Matt Hernandez (1984) Ron Selesky (1987) Dan McQuaid (1988) Al Baker (1988) Mark Rodenhauser (1989) Adam Schreiber (1990 - 1993) Reggie McElroy (1994) Cory Withrow (2000 - 2005) Conrad Bolston (2007) Jeff Baca (2013) Carter Bykowski (2016) Roy Winston played outside linebacker for the Vikings for 15 seasons. He was 5'11" and weighed 220 pounds. But, boy could he hit. Winston delivered one of the most devastating tackles ever filmed. In a game against the Miami Dolphins in 1972, Larry Csonka circled out into the flat to catch a pass. Just as he caught the ball, Winston hit him from behind (legally) with such force that the 240 pound Csonka was nearly cut in half. Csonka dropped the ball and rolled on the field in agony. He thought his back was broken and he literally crawled off the field...thankfully not hurt seriously. He and Winston remained close friends after that "introduction," Csonka even inviting Winston to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Small man with a big punch, the nod goes to Roy Winston.
  12. For Washington Football Team fans.
  13. What if scenario: The Vikings beat Washington to go to the Super Bowl in 1987 against the Broncos, depriving the NFL of Doug Williams' historical performance. Jay Schroeder returns to starting QB and leads the Washington franchise to mediocrity, causing Joe Gibbs to retire after the '88 season and frustrating Jack Kent Cooke to sell the team to Donald Trump in 1990. Good news...Trump hangs onto the team for 30 plus years and Daniel Snyder never comes into the picture. Bad news...Trump has little to no success. What if the Vikings go on to defeat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Jerry Burns then becomes a coaching icon in Minnesota and hangs around for several more seasons. The Herschel Walker trade is never made, the Vikings continue to compete for championships and the Dallas Cowboys spend another decade in mediocrity. Dennis Green is never hired in Minnesota, but floats around the league as a respected offensive coordinator. Tony Dungy is never hired by Minnesota, but eventually becomes the head coach of the Pittsburg Steelers. Brian Billick never gets hired by Minnesota, thus he does not become head coach of the Ravens, and the Ravens don't win their first Super Bowl until much later. Billick eventually lands a job as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers and they become the class of the AFC, winning a couple of Super Bowls with Eli Manning at the helm, and they never move to Los Angeles. The Vikings miss out on players like Cris Carter, Robert Smith and Randy Moss. By the end of the 90's they aren't competing for championships. Jerry Burns retires. The Vikings hire hotshot coordinator Jon Gruden. He rebuilds, in short order, the Vikings roster, led by newly drafted QB, Tom Brady out of Michigan. Gruden also adds to his staff a defensive wunderkind, who had been recently fired by the Browns...Bill Belichick. The Vikings go onto win 8 out of 10 Super Bowls over the next 19 seasons, giving the rest of the NFL a team to hate. Belichick never goes to the Jets on Parcell's staff nor to NE as a head coach. Gruden never goes to Oakland, Tampa Bay, ESPN or Vegas. A lot was riding on Darrin Nelson pulling in that pass in the NFCCG at the goal line!!
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