Providing an exhaustive list of all Minnesota Vikings players ever would be quite extensive, as the team has been in existence since 1960. Instead, I can provide a broad overview, or focus on specific categories of players or eras. Here’s a general overview:
Minnesota Vikings Players;
1. The Beginning (1960s):
- Fran Tarkenton: One of the most famous quarterbacks in Vikings history, Tarkenton played for the Vikings from 1961-1966 and then again from 1972-1978.
- Jim Marshall, Carl Eller, Gary Larsen, and Alan Page: Together, they formed the “Purple People Eaters,” one of the most dominant defensive lines in NFL history.
- Bud Grant: While he was not a player, it’s essential to mention him as the head coach during this era. The Vikings went to four Super Bowls under his leadership (although they didn’t win any).
- Chuck Foreman: A key running back during the mid-1970s.
3. 1980s and 1990s:
- Cris Carter: One of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, he played for the Vikings from 1990 to 2001.
- Randy Moss: Another fantastic wide receiver who played for the Vikings from 1998 to 2004, and then again in 2010.
- John Randle: An iconic defensive tackle for the Vikings during the 1990s.
- Anthony Carter: A significant wide receiver during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
- Daunte Culpepper: Played as the team’s quarterback from 1999 to 2005.
- Adrian Peterson: Arguably one of the best running backs in NFL history, he played for the Vikings from 2007 to 2016.
- Harrison Smith: A talented safety who has been with the Vikings for much of the 2010s and into the 2020s.
- Adam Thielen: A wide receiver known for his impressive catches and route running.
- Stefon Diggs: Played as a wide receiver from 2015 to 2019.
- Kirk Cousins: The team’s starting quarterback since 2018.
6. 2020s (Up to 2022):
- Justin Jefferson: Broke out as a rookie wide receiver in 2020 and quickly became one of the top wide receivers in the league.
- Dalvin Cook: The team’s primary running back since being drafted in 2017.
Remember, this is just a high-level overview, highlighting some of the more notable players from each era. There have been hundreds of players who have contributed to the Minnesota Vikings’ history in various ways. If you have a particular player, era, or position group in mind, I can provide more detailed information.