No. 4: Sammy White and Ahmad Rashad – 105 receptions, 1,572 yards, 11.3 touchdowns. (1976 – 1982)
It was a winding path that brought Ahmad Rashad a running back from the Oregon Ducks to the Vikings. He was a 1st-round draft of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972. Two years in St. Louis was followed by two years in Buffalo where he missed the entire 1975 season. Right before the 1976 season the Seattle Seahawks, who signed Rashad as a free agent, traded him to the Vikings.
Rashad was joined with rookie Sammy White, a 2nd-round draft pick from Grambling State. They easily displaced the previous duo of Gilliam and Grim as the leading receivers. In their seven seasons together they led the Vikings in receiving, helping the Vikings make the playoffs five times. In 1976 they combined for 1,577 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on an offense that included running back Chuck Foreman and tight end Stu Voigt. Unfortunately, the season ended with a loss to the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl, the team’s fourth and the last time the Vikings made it to the championship game.
Both players would finish their careers with the Vikings—Rashad in 1982 and White in 1985.