Harrison Smith – S
Of all the players on this list, Harrison Smith is the biggest lock to end up in the Ring of Honor. He’s toward the end of his career and he has the impressive stats that prove he’s one of the best Vikings to ever play the safety position.
Smith has totaled 658 tackles, 13 sacks, 37 tackles for a loss, 56 pass breakups, 23 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and four touchdowns in his career so far. He’s been the one constant for almost a decade in Minnesota’s secondary and one of the best safeties in the NFL in that time frame as well.
The other two safeties in the Vikings Ring of Honor are Joey Browner and Paul Krause. Smith will never come close to the interceptions record that Krause had, as he was one of the greatest ball hawks to ever play the game. But he should surpass Browner for games played.
Smith already has more touchdowns than those two greats and he should hold plenty of other Minnesota records to his name when he finally hangs up the cleats.
That’s the question and what will ultimately seal Smith’s legacy with the team. How much longer will he play for the Vikings?
He’s only under contract for the next two seasons and will be 33-years-old when his contract is up. Will the team extend him to ensure he’s a Viking for life or will Smith try to get one last payday with a team that is Super Bowl ready?
Who knows for sure, but if Smith were to retire today, he would certainly be inducted into Minnesota’s Ring of Honor.