For NFL fans who won't be afforded the opportunity to enjoy watching their favorite teams play in Super Bowl XLVI, they tend to choose other ways to talk up their respective teams and brighten their spirits as they look towards the 2012 NFL season.
Some like to look ahead to free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft. Others prefer to take a stroll down memory lane and re-live old glories of seasons past, when guys like Scott Studwell and Chris Doleman roamed the field.
Still, others like to give tribute to the not-so-recognized players of their favorite teams, which is what I did in breaking down the most underrated players in Minnesota Vikings history—a tougher task than stomaching their 2011 season.
The toughest part about it was not to get caught up with players names that are fresh in your head from the most recent seasons—names such as Brian Robison and John Sullivan, both of whom I believe are very underrated—however, going back and looking at the teams of the 60s, 70s and 80s to find players that deserve being on this list.
Another difficult part to get over is not putting a certain player on the list because they carry sentimental value to the author. However, being objective is of the utmost importance in putting together these lists.
With so many players to choose from, it’s not inconceivable to think that a guy putting together a list like this would accidentally overlook one, two or even more guys.
Also, it’s inevitable that players who people can make a case for being on this list will unfortunately get left off.
So, to help ensure that players wouldn’t be overlooked and to make sure that the right names were on this list, I sought the help of three Vikings enthusiasts: Jeff Brion, Justin Jarl and Jon Corey—three guys who are fantastic Minnesota-sports minds with an overabundance of useless stats that litter their brains.
Together, the four of us, after many hours of adding players, taking players off and moving guys up and down the order, crafted this list of the 25 most underrated players in Vikings history.
We hope you enjoy the countdown to No. 1!