5 best Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks of the 21st century

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper /
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(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper /

1. Daunte Culpepper (1999 – 2005)

If Minnesota had anything close to a franchise quarterback in the 21st century, Culpepper was it.

For six straight seasons from 2000 to 2005, he was the Vikings’ full-time starter under center. During this time, Culpepper was regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the entire NFL.

In three of his five years as Minnesota’s starter, he threw for at least 3,400 yards and 25 touchdowns. No other Vikings quarterbacks accomplished this more than once during their time with the team.

In 2004, Culpepper lead all passers in the league by throwing for 4,717 yards. That amount and his 39 passing touchdowns are still the most ever by a Minnesota quarterback in a single season.

During four of Culpepper’s six years as the team’s starter, the Vikings finished with a top 10 scoring offense. Something Minnesota has only accomplished twice in the 12 seasons since the quarterback last played for the team.

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The Vikings’ offense was one of the NFL’s most dangerous with Culpepper leading the way. So it’s really not hard to understand why he is Minnesota’s best quarterback of the 21st century.