A running back and receiver out of Oregon, Ahmad Rashad became a wide receiver after joining the then-St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft, being chosen with the fourth overall pick.
It wasn’t until Rashad joined the Vikings for the 1976 NFL season when his career really started to heat up. He finally had a season with more than 500 yards receiving his first year with the purple and gold and kept rolling from there.
The 1979 and 1980 seasons found him surpassing 1,000 yards, a feat not accomplished by many Vikings receivers. However, fans will never forget the “Miracle at the Met” in Dec. 1980 when Rashad caught a hail mary pass from quarterback Tommy Kramer to defeat the Cleveland Browns and lock down a Central Division title.
Rashad finished his Vikings career with 400 catches for 5,489 yards and 24 touchdowns in 98 games played. After playing football, Rashad became the face of the popular basketball broadcast NBA Inside Stuff, was a co-host of Real TV and hosted Celebrity Mole. This put the pass catcher in the public eye and making him even more recognizable and popular.