4 most underappreciated players in Minnesota Vikings history

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Kai Forbath
(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Kai Forbath /
5 of 5
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Kai Forbath – Minnesota Vikings /

Kai Forbath – Kicker

For a franchise that has struggled to find a kicker that can consistently come through in big moments, Vikings fans sure do forget about Kai Forbath. Forbath had his struggles with extra points between 2016 and 2017 but he was automatic from the field.

Across two seasons, Forbath posted the highest field goal percentage in Vikings history by hammering 88.7 percent of his attempts with just two misses inside of 40 yards. He also knocked home a 53-yard attempt to give the Vikings the lead in the 2017 playoff win over the Saints that ultimately ended in the Minneapolis Miracle.

Forbath had some struggles but he is the best kicker in franchise history based purely on percentages. Minnesota moved on from Forbath in 2018 and regretted that decision as Dan Bailey hit a wall and was not the kicker he was in Dallas.

Special teams are crucial in the NFL but the Vikings have never been able to get consistency despite having it at their fingertips so many times. No matter who was back to kick, it always seemed inevitable that they would choke in the brightest moments.

Kai Forbath was by no means a superstar kicker or anything of the sort but the Vikings should not have let him go after the 2017 season. Greg Joseph was solid last season and that gives some hope for the future of the kicking position but Kai Forbath was a quiet hero for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

Must Read. 5 current Vikings with the best Hall of Fame chances. light