Who are the best players to spend only one season with the Minnesota Vikings?
You know the drill. You’re text messaging your friend some stuff related to the Minnesota Vikings and then they say something like, “Remember Tank Williams?”
That’s what this list is for. In the Vikings‘ 59-year existence, players have come and gone and some made a momentous impact for only one season. Most have been a failed experiment and either moved on to another team or retired.
This will be caveated with two honorable mentions who are Don Hultz and Josh Kline.
In 1963, Hultz was a 23-year-old defensive lineman that joined Minnesota’s roster from the University of Southern Mississippi. He’s chiefly an honorable mention for these purposes because statistics for individual defensive players were sparse up until the early-1980s.
What we do know is that Hultz recovered nine fumbles (nine!) and he came down with one interception. On a team led by head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the Vikings would finish the season with a 5-8-1 win-loss record. Hultz ended up departing the Twin Cities after the 1963 campaign to join the Philadelphia Eagles. He then spent 10 years with the Eagles.
Last year, Kline was added to the Minnesota roster via free agency after stints with the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. He did a laudable job at right guard for the Vikings while recording a Pro Football Focus grade of 61.6. To kick off the current offseason, however, Kline was mysteriously released and he remains unsigned.
Let’s go ahead and check out the rest players who made a one-year impact for Minnesota before departure, ranked in ascending order of performance.