Minnesota Vikings: 8 career records that will never be broken

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CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: Former receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings poses with his bust during the NFL Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on Aug. 3, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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4. Receiving yards

Cris Carter (1990-2001)

A castoff from the Philadelphia Eagles, the Vikings claimed Cris Carter off waivers. In 12 seasons with Minnesota, he averaged just over 1,000 receiving yards per season and leads the Vikings with 12,383 career yards.

Second place on the list goes to perhaps the most dynamic wide receiver in Vikings history, Randy Moss with 9,316. However, for their careers, Moss has 1,393 more receiving yards than Carter.

The current active leaders in career receiving yards for the Vikings are Adam Thielen with 3,897, Kyle Rudolph with 3,787, and Stefon Diggs with 3,493. Diggs, the youngest at 25-years-old, would need to average 1,100 yards per season for the next eight years to catch what Carter did.

For Thielen, who is averaging 1,205 receiving yards over the last three seasons, he would also need another eight seasons to catch Carter. That seems unlikely as Thielen is already 28-years-old and Carter’s last 1,000-yard season came at the age of 35.

3. Passing touchdowns

Fran Tarkenton (1960-1966 and 1972-1978)

The Vikings drafted Fran Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 draft. He was also a fifth-round choice of the Boston Patriots in the 1961 AFL draft that same year. Tarkenton threw 239 of his 342 touchdowns for the Vikings to top the list for career passing touchdowns.

Second place on the list is Tommy Kramer, who also played 13 seasons with Minnesota, throwing 159 touchdowns.

With 30 touchdowns in his debut season with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins needs another seven seasons to catch Tarkenton. While playing to the age of 37 is surely a possibility for Cousins, Minnesota’s revolving door at quarterback would suggest this record will not be broken anytime soon.