Minnesota Vikings: 15 best first-round draft picks of all time

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After an impressive career at the University of Miami, the Vikings added Chuck Foreman to their offense in 1973. He immediately made an impact for Minnesota out on the field.

During his first season with the Vikings, the running back racked up a total of 801 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 182 carries. Foreman also finished that year with 37 catches for 362 yards and two more scores.

His impressive first season resulted in him earning an invite to the Pro Bowl and being named 1973’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Foreman’s performance also played a tremendous part in Minnesota making it all the way to the Super Bowl in 1973.

The running back continued to perform well after his rookie season and was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first five years in the league. After a season in 1975 that saw him finish with 1,722 total yards and 22 touchdowns, Foreman earned his first and only All-Pro First-Team selection.

His 22 total touchdowns that year is still the most ever in a single-season in the history of the Vikings. In seven years with Minnesota from 1973 to 1979, Foreman ran for a total of 5,887 yards, caught 336 passes for 3,057 yards and scored 75 touchdowns.

– AP