Spending six seasons with the Vikings, Gene Washington was a big part of the team’s success during the 1969 season when they won the NFL Championship. He was also a two-time Pro Bowl player with one All-Pro nod while with Minnesota.
Washington had the best season of his career in 1969. He had 821 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on just 39 catches during the regular season, as well as one touchdown during the playoffs. This helped him earn a spot on this list.
However, his career was solid, gaining 3,087 yards through the air and scoring 26 touchdowns for the purple and gold from 1967 to 1972. He finished his career with the Denver Broncos, playing there for one season in 1973 where he caught 10 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3 pass catcher was a first-round pick of the Vikings (eighth overall) out of Michigan State. He wore the No. 84 jersey for Minnesota, making plays in that uniform long before other Vikings great did so after him.