15 greatest Minnesota Vikings running backs of all-time

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No. 12

Herschel Walker (1989 - 1991)

Stats with Vikings:

  • 42 games (40 starts)
  • 2,264 rushing yards (4.1 yards per carry)
  • 20 rushing touchdowns
  • 86 catches, 681 receiving yards (7.9 yards per catch)
  • 5 receiving touchdowns

Known more for being the centerpiece of one of the worst trades in NFL history, Herschel Walker's tenure with the Vikings actually wasn't as terrible as the actual transaction that landed him in Minnesota.

Coming off a 1988 season with the Dallas Cowboys, where he accumulated more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage, expectations were high for Walker when he joined the Vikings. Especially after his first game in a Minnesota uniform saw him rush for 148 yards during a win over the Green Bay Packers.

Did he live up to these lofty expectations? No, but based on the rest of his NFL career, his performance with the Vikings wasn't much different than his time with the other teams he had stints with during his time in the league.