Minnesota Vikings all-time 53-man roster: Mike Zimmer era

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Defensive Ends

DE1 – Everson Griffen

The heartbeat of the Vikings’ defense for the majority of Mike Zimmer’s tenure as the team’s head coach, Everson Griffen accumulated more sacks than any other Minnesota player during the Zimmer era.

DE2 – Danielle Hunter

Danielle Hunter began his career with the Vikings as a rotational pass rusher in Zimmer’s defense. Fast forward to the end of the former head coach’s tenure in Minnesota and Hunter is now one of the best pass rushers to ever suit up in purple and gold.

DE3 – Brian Robison

As a starter during the first three years of the Zimmer era, Brian Robison was willing to do whatever was needed to help transform the Vikings’ defense into one of the NFL’s best units. Robison was never one to care about sack numbers, but whenever he was able to bring an opposing quarterback down, he always made sure to let everyone watching know that he had “reeled them in“.

DE4 – Ifeadi Odenigbo

Speaking of sack celebrations, Ifeadi Odenigbo had one of the more underrated ones during his time with Minnesota and Zimmer. Whenever Odenigbo would come up with a sack, he would celebrate by whipping out an imaginary sword and stabbing it into the turf.

DE5 – Stephen Weatherly

Known more for his unique hobbies off of the field, Stephen Weatherly was a solid situational pass rusher for the Vikings during the Zimmer era. Minnesota attempted to use a variety of different rotational pass rushers under their former head coach, but Weatherly was definitely one of the best non-starters of the bunch.