Tommy Kramer (1977 – 1989)
For 13 years, Tommy Kramer was a member of the Vikings roster. Despite this being the case, he was only able to lead Minnesota to one (technically two) playoff wins during his time with the team.
Selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft, Kramer was supposed to be the guy to come in and replace the legendary Fran Tarkenton under center. He certainly had some big shoes to fill and maybe this tremendous amount of pressure is what prevented him from developing into Minnesota’s next great franchise quarterback.
During his time with the Vikings, Kramer became known as “Two-Minute Tommy” thanks to his ability to lead the team to last-minute victories. He ended up finishing up his career in Minnesota with 19 game-winning drives, which is tied for the most in team history with Tarkenton.
These comebacks were great and impressive, but the Vikings were behind in a lot of these games due to the mistakes that Kramer made. With Minnesota, he threw four interceptions or more in a game eight different times (including the playoffs), four of his seasons ended with him throwing at least 23 interceptions, and let’s not forget about the five separate years in which he finished with seven or more fumbles.
Kramer was given opportunity after opportunity to be the Vikings starting quarterback and while he had some memorable moments (“Miracle at the Met”), he was never able to live up to the expectations that he was given when the team used a first-round pick on him.