3. Fran Tarkenton, quarterback
Old school fans of the Minnesota Vikings likely have a soft spot in their hearts for Fran Tarkenton. The mobility he offered at the quarterback position made him an extremely hard target for any defender trying to take him to the ground.
Tarkenton spent 13 seasons with the Vikings, with those years sandwiching a five-year tenure with the Giants. Still, he found most of his success during his second stint with the team, leading the squad to three Super Bowl appearances.
Despite not winning a ring, Tarkenton got the purple and gold as close to a Super Bowl victory as the team ever had. WIth him, Minnesota was a consistent threat to be in the postseason when he was behind center.
As far as individual accomplishments go, “The Mad Scrambler” has plenty. Not only is he a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame but he is a five-time Pro Bowl player who was named to MVP in 1975. It is disappointing that he never helped to bring a Lombardi Trophy to Minnesota.