The 30 greatest Minnesota Vikings players of all-time

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60. . S. (1968-79). Paul Krause. 12. player

All-time Greatest Minnesota Vikings: No. 12 – Paul Krause

Making an immediate impact as a rookie with the Washington Redskins in 1964, Paul Krause intercepted a season-high 12 passes. This helped cement Krause as a ball-hawking safety before getting traded to the Vikings in 1968.

Although Krause would only net double-digit interceptions during a season twice in his career, the playmaking defensive back snagged an impressive 81 picks in 226 games played. He brought three of them back for touchdowns in his career.

Also recovering 19 fumbles for three scores during his NFL career, Krause was an important part of the Vikings squad that won the NFL Championship in 1969. He was a part of all four Super Bowl appearances in franchise history.

It’s no surprise that accolades piled up for Krause. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler who earned six All-Pro honors and was enshrined in the Vikings Ring of Honor for his contributions in the secondary.