Quarterback No. 7
Jeff George (1999)
A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Jeff George had wore out his welcome with the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, and Oakland Raiders by the time the 1999 offseason came around. Despite his negative image around the league, the Vikings and head coach Dennis Green were interested in bringing him in to be their backup behind Randall Cunningham.
George agreed to join Minnesota and they were certainly thankful that he did since it turned out that he was going to be needed during the 1999 season more than anyone had thought heading into the campaign.
George got his chance with the Vikings in Week 7 of the 1999 season when he was named the starter after the team decided to bench a struggling Cunningham. It turned out to be a good decision by Minnesota.
In his first start for the Vikings, George threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns during a 40-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Three weeks later in a three-point win on the road over the Bears, the Minnesota quarterback threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
From a team perspective, the 1999 season was arguably the most success George was able to experience during his NFL career. In his 10 starts, he led the Vikings to an 8-2 record and an appearance in the 1999 playoffs.
Minnesota only wound up winning one game in the 1999 postseason, but it wasn't due to any sort of lackluster effort by George.
During his final appearance with the Vikings, a Divisional Round loss to the St. Louis Rams, George threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns. His 423 passing yards are still a Minnesota all-time record for the most in a single playoff game.