The Minnesota Vikings have enjoyed the services of some great players since the franchise began and two of them are among NFL.com’s top MVPs of all time!
It takes an exceptional performance to be named the Most Valuable Player of the NFL. The two Minnesota Vikings who achieved this impressive feat are running back Adrian Peterson in 2012 and defensive lineman Alan Page who earned a nod for the 1971 season.
Over the 52 years of the Super Bowl era (1966 to 2017), the Vikings have had two players named the Associated Press’ MVP award. This is impressive considering there are 32 teams in the league and the team has never been able to secure a Super Bowl win.
Recently, Adam Rank of NFL.com compiled a list ranking the MVPs and the two members of Minnesota’s history both landed within the top 20.
Alan Page landed at number 18 on the list. Rank noted that he was the first defensive player ever to win the award and how the Vikings defense allowed an astoundingly low 139 points in a ten game season.
Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson was ranked number 16. Fans will remember the season where he nearly broke the NFL single-season rushing season but ended up eight yards short of tying Eric Dickerson‘s mark. Still, his 2,097 rushing yards is an impressive feat which should take many years for another running back to match or beat.
The number one spot on Adam Rank’s list was given to Kurt Warner of the Los Angeles Rams for his 1999 season where he had massive passing yards and touchdowns to go with a great story and a Super Bowl win.
It is great to see two legendary Minnesota Vikings players being recognized for their accomplishments during MVP seasons. Plus fans have to enjoy seeing Adrian Peterson and Alan Page among the best single-season performers of all time.