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(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn USA TODAY Sports) Bobby Wade
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Bobby Wade – WR (2007)

Before Adam Thielen made the No. 19 famous in Minnesota, Bobby Wade was one of the most successful wide receivers in Vikings history to wear the No. 19 on his jersey.

Aside from Thielen, however, Wade didn’t really have a high bar to clear when some of the other players to wear a Minnesota No. 19 jersey before him included Yo Murphy and Troy Williamson.

Wade joined the Vikings in 2007 after spending time with both the Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans during his first four seasons in the NFL. Despite only averaging a little more than 25 catches per year in his four seasons, Minnesota reportedly decided to sign Wade to a five-year contract in 2007.

With the Vikings, the veteran wide receiver had the two best single-season performances of his career. Wade finished with 54 catches for 647 yards and three touchdowns in 2007, and in 2008, he hauled in 53 passes for 645 yards and two scores.

Unfortunately for him, his performances during those two seasons weren’t enough to prevent Minnesota from cutting Wade right before the start of the 2009 season.