All-time Greatest Minnesota Vikings: No. 16 – Chuck Foreman
The Vikings knew they needed to find a game-changing weapon for their backfield in the 1973 NFL Draft. They succeeded in filling that gap by selecting Miami Hurricanes fullback Chuck Foreman with the 12th overall selection.
Foreman exploded into the Vikings’ backfield, earning 1973 Offensive Rookie of the Year honors by rushing for over 800 yards for four touchdowns and adding 362 receiving yards for two scores. But he was far from a one-year wonder with Minnesota.
Spending seven years with the Vikings and one season with the New England Patriots, Foreman accumulated a total of 5,950 rushing yards for 53 touchdowns and showed off his pass-catching skills with 3,156 receiving yards and 23 more touchdowns, and transitioned fully to a halfback role with the franchise.
As the franchise’s No. 3 all-time rushing leader, Foreman was named to the Pro Bowl five times and All-Pro teams four times. In addition to those honors, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings and is a member of the team’s Ring of Honor.