5 best Vikings deep-ball passers of the last 25 years

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1.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jeff George (1999)


  • 2.97


  • 404 pass attempts
  • 12 completions of 40+ yards
  • 6 TDs of 40+ yards

Jeff George was an ornery man. But he was an ornery man that had a bazooka genetically and figuratively implanted into his arm at a young age.

George played just one season for the Vikings, but that campaign was moderately successful. Minnesota topped the Dallas Cowboys in the wild-card round of the 1999 playoffs, only to be outgunned in a shootout versus the high-powered St. Louis Rams offense during the following week.

Throughout the course of the season, George delivered 40+ yard strikes to Randy Moss nine times or 75 percent of George’s 40+ completion total. One deep completion apiece was distributed to Cris Carter, Jake Reed, and Matthew Hatchette got in on the action too.

Like Case Keenum 19 years later, George would land with the Washington Redskins after his Vikings pit stop. He played eight football games in the nation’s capital and then retired.

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All statistics from Pro-Football-Reference.com unless otherwise stated.