The 30 greatest Minnesota Vikings players of all-time

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3. player. 60. . OG. (1988-99). Randall McDaniel

All-time Greatest Minnesota Vikings: No. 3 – Randall McDaniel

After the Vikings selected him in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft, Randall McDaniel was immediately thrown on to the team’s starting offensive line. It was the beginning of a 12-year career in Minnesota, where he was a part of the starting offense during each and every season.

During his 12 years with the Vikings, McDaniel was voted to 11 straight Pro Bowls, and he earned seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Both amounts are more than any player in Minnesota team history.

His 188 career starts in a Vikings uniform are also the second-most of any offensive lineman to ever play for the franchise. With McDaniel’s help leading the way, former Minnesota running back Robert Smith was able to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons from 1997 to 1999.

The offensive lineman spent the final two years of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before he decided to retire in 2002. Seven years later, McDaniel was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a part of the 2009 class.