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Jared Allen Retires

‘Tis the season for NFL retirements, and we have an epic one with Jared Allen who retired by literally riding off into the sunset.

Allen was drafted in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 out of Idaho State.  The Defensive End would quickly become a starter and would become a fan favorite known for his quirk mannerisms and mullet hairstyle.  In 2007, which would be his last season with Kansas City, Allen would make his First Team All Pro roster, first Pro Bowl and would lead the NFL in Sacks.  He would also win the prestigious NFL Pass Rusher of the Year Award.

Allen would be traded to the Minnesota Vikings and would sign what was then the largest contract in NFL history for a defensive player.  In Minnesota, the accolades kept coming.  He made three more First Team All Pro Selections (2008, 2009 & 2011), won the NFL Alumni Defensive Alumni Player of the Year in 2009 and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.  In that season, Allen had 22 Sacks, which remains a Minnesota Vikings record.

He would later play with the Chicago Bears and finished off his career last season as a member of the Carolina Panthers where he appeared in last month’s Super Bowl.

Jared Allen finished off his career with 643 Tackles, 136 Quarterback Sacks and 6 Interceptions.  He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.

We here at would like to congratulate Jared Allen for his great career, and the impressive way in which he retired. 

Defensive Tackle, Kevin Williams Retires

Another day…another retirement worth looking at in sports.

Defensive Tackle, Kevin Williams retired after signing a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the team in which he started 171 Games with.  Williams was drafted by the Vikings in the first round (9th overall) in 2003 and immediately became a starter for the team.  Over his eleven years in Minnesota, Williams would record 60 Quarterback Sacks and was chosen as a First Team All-Pro five times as well as six Pro Bowls.  He would play his last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints respectively.

While Kevin Williams is not someone whose name seems to be associated with a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction his overall resume is not out of line with a discussion about his merits.  He will be eligible for the Hall in 2021 and will likely make the bottom half of our Football list.

We here at would like to thank Kevin Williams for his career and we wish him the best with his post gridiron career.

The Top 50 Minnesota Vikings are now up!

Yes, we know this is a very slow process!

We have another Top 50 All Time to announce and we have returned to the National Football League, specifically the NFC North, where we tackled the monstrous legacy of the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions previously.  This time we look at their division rival, the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota went to four Super Bowls in the 1970’s, all in losing efforts, but to get to that many title games you know that team was loaded with talent in that era.  Not surprisingly, that is where many of our Top 50 come from.

This was a very hard process for us, perhaps the hardest one to date!

The entire list begins here:

We invite you to click through to see where Fran Tarkenton, Adrian Petersen, Cris Carter, Alan Page and Randy Moss are, but we will tell you who we ranked #1, and we know it will shock you a little.

It is Hall of Famer, Carl Eller.

We bet while you weren’t expecting that one, were you?

This list is up to the end of the 2015 Season.

We look forward to your feedback and remember the intent is to change this annually, so your opinions and comments do matter!

Chad Greenway Retires

Chad Greenway announced that after 11 seasons in the National Football League, all of which were with the Minnesota Vikings, that he is calling it a career.

The former 1st Round Pick (17th Overall) from the University of Iowa would become a two time Pro Bowl Selection (2011 & 2012) and would start 144 of his 156 Games at Linebacker for the Vikes.  Greenway would record 18 Quarterback Sacks and 11 Interceptions.  He was named one of our top 50 Minnesota Vikings when we put that out last year.

Greenway is not likely to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he will be eligible in 2022.

We here at would like to thank Chad Greenway for a memorable career and we wish him the best in his post-playing career. 
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7. Roger Craig

A very strong case can be made to justify the induction of Roger Craig to the Football Hall of Fame.  This makes it all the more bizarre that the powerful Running Back had to wait ten years to even get nominated.

There could be no doubt that during his prime that Roger Craig was an integral part of every offensive play.  Craig initially was a fullback in the pro ranks, but it became clear that he was equally adept at carrying the ball as blocking for others.  In 1986 he became the first football player to both rush and catch for 1,000 yards each.  Opposing defenses feared his high knee running style and had to keep all eyes on Craig during every play.
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26. Jim Marshall

Does longevity mean more than greatness?  We ask this question about Jim Marshall who had a solid twenty-year career but only made the Pro Bowl twice.
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30. Herschel Walker

It may be called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all intents and purposes, it only focuses on accomplishments from the NFL and to a lesser extent the AFL.  This is too bad for Herschel Walker who chalked up monster totals in his first three years of Pro Football but did so as a member of the New Jersey Generals of the upstart United States Football League.

Walker would go to the Dallas Cowboys and would forever try to live up to the Play Station like numbers he put up in College and in the USFL.  Walker was still very good and put up good numbers for Dallas in both receiving and running the ball.  He was however the focal point of one of the more lopsided trades in NFL history where the Vikings sent five players and a multitude of draft picks (three of which were Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper, and Darren Woodson).  Dallas would use this to build a dynasty of the ’90s, and Minnesota coaches took there frustration out on Walker who was not used to the best of his ability while as a Viking.  Herschel was still good, but his stock dramatically went down.
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31. Randall Cunningham

If the Football Hall of Fame was based solely on excitement there should be no doubt that Randall Cunningham would have been inducted on the first ballot.  His nickname of the “Human Highlight Reel” was well deserved and he was hands down the most entertaining Quarterback of his era.

Randall Cunningham could beat you with his throwing arms or with his legs.  He excelled at scrambling and is the current all-time leader for rushing yards (4,928) for a Quarterback.  This made him exciting to watch but also overshadowed his ability to throw.  Cunningham was an efficient thrower and as his speed began to wane, he was able to prove to a lot of people in the league that he could throw with the best of them.
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84. Chuck Foreman

Chuck Foreman was called the “Spin Doctor”, but it was not due to his ability to spin his words.  It was due to the way that he could spin his body around would be tacklers.
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185. Darren Sharper

Although he became known for the sexual assault case in 2014 (which alleged that he was a serial rapist), Darren Sharper was known mostly on the gridiron for his defensive skills and for leading the National Football League in Interception Return Yards three times.
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