The Minnesota Vikings‘ have a long and storied history complemented by plenty of success, perhaps as much as any franchise that has yet to claim that elusive Super Bowl. The Purple People Eater defenses of the 1970s, Randall Cunningham squad of the late 1990s, Daunte Culpepper runs in the early aughts and Brett Favre‘s last hurrah all seemed destine for the title, but each fell tragically short.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Vikings’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Vikings Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Adrian Peterson: Down the stretch in 2012 after Percy Harvin was in the shop for the season, All Day literally was the offense. And now he may take an even bigger piece of the pie?
“A lot of people have this misconception that Adrian cannot catch the ball, and that’s so false,” Peterson said recently, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They’ve really never thrown it to the running backs (here). But (Brett) Favre believed in us more, and he (was) checking it down to us and getting the ball into our hand in the open field.”
Jared Allen:Came incredibly close to the sack record in 2011 and has overtaken Kevin Williams as the face of this defense.
Greg Jennings: Their top free-agent get and man in charge of replacing Harvin has no small task.
Matt Kalil:Kalil looked much the part of a top-five overall left tackle and could be the league’s next undisputed king of offensive lineman.