1. Ed White, guard
Odds are this name is surprising to see on the list since he’s an often forgotten contributor in Minnesota Vikings history, but the bruising offensive lineman was a one-man wrecking crew when it came to both opening holes in the run game or protecting his quarterback.
The proof sits with Ed White‘s two Pro Bowl appearances with Minnesota (four in his career) and three All-Pro second-team honors (four in his career as well) during his nine seasons wearing purple and gold from 1969 through 1977, meaning that his first year in the league found the Vikings winning the NFL Championship while he was a backup. Plus, he was a part of all four Super Bowl games the Vikings have played in.
White’s play next to two Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive linemen (center Mick Tingelhoff and right tackle Ron Yary) solidified the line for Chuck Foreman in the run game and Fran Tarkenton when on passing downs. The dominance of this offensive line was apparent by the team’s success.
After his time with the Vikings, White went on to play for the San Diego Chargers. Unsurprisingly, the team loved him there and quarterback Dan Fouts has even been strongly campaigning to get the guard into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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