The 30 greatest Minnesota Vikings players of all-time

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WR. (1990-01). Cris Carter. 1. player. 60.

All-time Greatest Minnesota Vikings: No. 1 – Chris Carter

Many players have come and gone through the Vikings’ locker room since the team’s very first season in 1961. But no one may have had more of an impact on the franchise than Cris Carter.

After the Philadelphia Eagles cut him for some off-the-field issues in 1990, Minnesota gave the receiver a shot and claimed him off waivers. Over the next 12 years, Carter definitely made sure the Vikings knew how thankful he was for giving him a second chance.

Minnesota made him a starter in 1991 and he responded with 72 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns. But that season was just a preview of what was to come for Carter.

From 1993 to 2000, the receiver ended each year with at least 75 catches, 1,000 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns. Jerry Rice is the only other pass-catcher in NFL history to achieve these marks in more seasons than Carter.

During that same time period, the Vikings receiver also set the team’s all-time record for catches in a single season, led the league in receiving touchdowns three times, and helped lead Minnesota to seven playoff appearances.

Carter is also the Vikings’ all-time career leader in catches, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions.

He is one of 23 members of Minnesota’s Ring of Honor and the receiver was finally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Carter is also one of the Vikings’ 50 greatest players of all-time, and of that group, it’s hard to argue against the receiver being the absolute best ever to put on the purple and gold.