Minnesota Vikings fans hate the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota Vikings fans hate the Chicago Bears. Minnesota Vikings fans hate the Detroit Lions. And then Minnesota Vikings fans hate the Green Bay Packers some more
Such is life amid the spirited rivalries of the NFC North Division. The Black and Blue division got its nickname from the fierceness of the rivalries and the physical nature of the division dating all the way back to the 1960's.
Any Vikings fans would probably tell you that the Vikings' biggest rivalries are with the Packers and the Bears (due to the Lions being long-time also-rans in the division). So how close are the historical matchups with the hated Packers and Bears? Entering the 2012 season, the Vikings regular season record against those two stands at 100-101.
So it would make sense that the lion's share of those making any long-time Vikings fan's "most hated" players list, the majority would come from their division rivals.
Vikings fans are a long-suffering lot. Only two teams have gone longer than Minnesota's 35 years without a Super Bowl appearance: the Jets, at 43 years, and the Chiefs at 42 years. Of course the difference being that at least those teams won their Super Bowls.
The Vikings history is one that lends itself to a lot of self-hate. Many of the most reviled characters in Vikings history come from within: Brad Childress, Les Steckel, Bob Schnelker, Gary Anderson among others.
There is another list of players who dominated the Vikings over the years, but never really provoked hatred; they were just great football players who conducted themselves the right way. It would be kind of hard to "hate" Walter Payton, Joe Montana, Steve Young or Barry Sanders.
There will be others added to the Vikings "hate" list in the coming years. As of now, the likes of Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Matt Forte haven't inflicted enough psychological trauma on Vikings fans to make the all-time list.
So here we go: The 25 most hated players in Minnesota Vikings history.