5 best Minnesota Vikings wide receivers of the 21st century

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Percy Harvin
(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Percy Harvin /
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2. Percy Harvin (2009 – 2012)

Aside from the 2009 season, Harvin was basically the reason why the Vikings had any sort of success throwing the ball during his time in the Twin Cities.

In his four-year stint with Minnesota, he was not only a weapon in the Vikings’ passing game, but in their backfield as well. Harvin’s 683 rushing yards are actually the most of any Minnesota receiver in the team’s history.

Oh yeah, he was a beast as a kickoff returner for the Vikings too. During each of his four seasons with Minnesota, he returned at least one kick for a touchdown.

Harvin’s 35.88 yards per kick return in 2012 is easily enough to be the Vikings’ all-time single-season record. His average in 2011 is also second on Minnesota’s all-time list.

But since this is a list featuring receivers, Harvin’s numbers as a pass-catcher should mentioned because he was no slouch in this area either.

He finished with least 60 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns in every one of the four seasons he spent with the Vikings. Harvin and the guy who comes in at number one on this list are the only two Minnesota receivers to accomplish this feat more than twice since 2000.

It’s a shame the Vikings were unable to find a reliable quarterback during Harvin’s time with the team. His numbers could have been even better.