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Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 2:44:46 PM   
Duane Sampson


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The curiosity thread Danno started got me thinking about all-time favorites.

Forget who's you think is best, this is a popularity thread.

Who is your favorite player and why?
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:16:22 PM   
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Let me guess, Duane, Bobby Bryant?

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Edit...sorry, I didn't read on far enough - Tommy Kramer

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:38:08 PM   
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:41:02 PM   
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The 7 Touchdown game. The 40 for 60 guy. The toughest, meanest sob to ever play QB. The hurdling opponents and the knocking out of an opposing linebacker. He gave nor took any quarter.

I'll always remember the famous fight with Warwick.

"I took my bottle of tequila and I went downstairs to a gloomy corner of the basement to wallow in my despair. Somebody was already there, wallowing in his despair. It was Lonnie Warwick, the mighty hillbilly from West Virginia and Tennessee, the ex-fighter who had been working on a railroad section gang when the Vikings had signed him. Of all the players on the club, Lonnie had become one of my favorites, and I think I had become one of his—ever since I had put that shoulder into him on the practice field.

We sat there together for an hour or so, sipping tequila and commiserating. We told each other what a great football team the Vikings had, and how we're going to win the Super Bowl next year, and how we were the closest bunch of athletes ever assembled together in sports, and how we would die for one another. Then I said: "It's too bad I had to blow that game for us today."

"You didn't blow the game," Lonnie said. "The defense lost the game."

"No, no, Lonnie," I said. "Don't try to make me feel better. I blew it."

He climbed to his feet, looked down at me and said, "Listen, you crazy Mexican, I told you we lost the game, not you. Stop feeling sorry for yourself."

"Knock off all that bull, Lonnie," I said, standing up myself. "I'm the one that dropped the ball, not the defense."

This went on for about five minutes, with neither of us giving an inch, and finally Lonnie informs me that if I will not admit that the defense blew the game we will have to settle it outside in the garden. So now we're walking side by side out the back door and I'm saying that this is crazy and he's saying that it may be crazy but what's going to happen next is we're going to fight, and I say that's perfectly O.K. with me.

The noise attracted some of the other guys, but by the time they were able to stop us we'd been flailing away at each other for about five minutes by the light of the moon. When it was over, with him on top, Jim Marshall and Roy Winston made us get up and shake hands. "Good night, Lonnie," I said, and Lonnie said, "Good night, Joe," just as if we were both normal in the head.

The next morning Lonnie called and he said, "Jeez, Joe, I don't know what got into us."

"I know what got into us," I said. "Tequila. L-S-T—T for tequila, T for truth."

"Yeah," he said, "and T for trouble. I don't know about you, but I got to go to the dentist."

I said, "Well, I'm on my way to the eye doctor. One of my eyes won't open."

"I got a bad eye, too," he said. "Let's go to the eye doctor together."ys remember his famous fight with Warwick.

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:42:16 PM   
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Alan Page is a very close 2nd.

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:42:30 PM   
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Yup. Moss without question.

And not just because he was a freak talent.

I liked his personality. His back story. The way he gave balls to handicapped kids after scoring. His heart. His work ethic (mainly talking off season prep)

Didn't have a problem with squirting the ref, or Moon over Lambeau. Straight Cash Homey. He told it like it is...

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:52:22 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Todd M

Yup. Moss without question.

And not just because he was a freak talent.

I liked his personality. His back story. The way he gave balls to handicapped kids after scoring. His heart. His work ethic (mainly talking off season prep)

Didn't have a problem with squirting the ref, or Moon over Lambeau. Straight Cash Homey. He told it like it is...



This is my response as well. Second place isn't even close.

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 3:57:01 PM   
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Bud Freakin' Grant.

Player-wise, tie between Page, Moss, McDaniel. Browner for shorter career.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 4:12:50 PM   
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Moss and Browner were the first 2 to come to mind.

Moss because you knew every time the ball was headed his way you might see something historic. And I can't remember a single other Viking who "slanted the field" as much as he did.

With Browner, its the violent tackles - often with 1 hand that really stand out. I had to look up the stats, but he also had way more picks than I remembered. Bad ass.

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 4:29:11 PM   
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Favorite player..singular...and an actual player. Not coaches, not players

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 4:36:43 PM   
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Can't do it. Sticking to my answer.

Too much history, too many great players. I don't have a singular favorite.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 4:44:53 PM   
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Well I'm going to go ahead and pencil you in for Browner. Seeing as you were inspired to add a little write up about why you loved him...

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 4:47:27 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Todd M

Well I'm going to go ahead and pencil you in for Browner. Seeing as you were inspired to add a little write up about why you loved him...


Look again...


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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 5:29:44 PM   
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Put me in the Joey Browner camp. He was one of the strongest pound for pound players I ever saw. Like David said, he could control an opponent with one hand, and throw him down like a sack of potatoes.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 5:55:37 PM   
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Alan Page
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 5:59:43 PM   
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Grant-Page-Moss-McDaniel-Tarkenton= Mount Rushmore +1.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 6:23:17 PM   
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Great stuff Steve.
Love it that they were arguing over TAKING responsibility, not passing it off.
What a great era.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 6:24:39 PM   
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 6:54:23 PM   
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Easy, Chuck Foreman!
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 7:52:51 PM   
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 7:56:21 PM  1 votes
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#10. Sir Francis. Asbury. Tarkenton.

Creative genius (called most of his own plays), leader, playmaker, driver of defensive front fours to collective madness, winner, superior athlete at the QB position when it was unheard of previously.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 7:57:22 PM   
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Yep - if I have to pick one it's Tark.

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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 9:17:07 PM   
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Can't do it. Sticking to my answer.

Too much history, too many great players. I don't have a singular favorite.



Way too hard to select just one.

That's a great thing though. We've had a lot of truly great players.
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 9:28:37 PM  1 votes
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Yep - if I have to pick one it's Tark.



Yep Sir Francis for me as well.

Had to fight guys in Pop Warner to get #10 uniform, and these dudes in Oregon didn't know who Fran Tarkemton was at 8 years old...
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RE: Who is your favorite Viking player all-time? - 2/2/2016 10:13:42 PM   
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#10. Sir Francis. Asbury. Tarkenton.

Creative genius (called most of his own plays), leader, playmaker, driver of defensive front fours to collective madness, winner, superior athlete at the QB position when it was unheard of previously.

Even when the asshole coach (Normy VB) threatened to kill him for changing them.
Followed that same path. Changed a lot of called plays in my day.
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