It is always controversial when someone names someone or something the best of all time. However, in an article today by NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison, he did just that. He named the best player in each NFC’s team’s history.
At first, when clicking on the link, I had one name in mind that most people use to refer to the greatest Viking player of all time. I just assumed it would be Fran Tarkenton. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see that he named Alan Page as the best player in Minnesota Vikings history.
Here’s what he had to say about why he chose Alan Page over every other player:
"Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) on the field post game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports“If you pore over the pages of the NFL encyclopedia — or, more realistically, cruise around ProFootballReference.com — you might find that it’s a tad bit difficult to find a defensive player who earned the AP’s NFL MVP honor. In fact, there have been just two: Lawrence Taylor (arguably the premier defensive player in the history of the NFL) and Page. This guy was that dominant. He could knife through blocking schemes and make hay seemingly before the play even started. Page performed at the highest level over 11 full seasons in Minnesota, making the Pro Bowl in nine of those years. We’ll see where Adrian Peterson falls in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2014,” but for this list, he just hasn’t had a long enough tenure (yet).”"
While I love Adrian Peterson as much as other Vikings fans do, I can’t really call him the best player in Vikings history yet. I rarely come across one of these type of articles where I agree with their choice of player, but I can’t argue Alan Page. The man was an absolute monster. If you are a younger fan that isn’t very familiar with Alan Page, I strongly urge you to go back and watch some games with him. You’ll see what a true defensive franchise player is.
But I’d love to hear what you think of Harrison’s choice. Do you think Alan Page is the best Vikings player of all time? Let me know in the comments!