Power Ranking the 5 Greatest Centers in Vikings History

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Power Ranking the 5 Greatest Centers in Vikings History
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Dennis Swilley (#67)

Welcome to the latest in a series of slideshows that power rank the greatest Minnesota Vikings of all time by position. Each week, a different position will be featured. The best Vikings to ever take the field at that position will be ranked from fifth to first.

How does a guy get on the list?

It's all about being a Viking. While stats will certainly be taken into account, there will be other, more subjective, criteria as well. There's a certain feel to those classic Vikings, standing on the sideline at Met Stadium in freezing conditions with steam roiling out of their face masks. Those are the quintessential Vikings to many fans.

There are certain players (Mike Morris, Scott Studwell) who would have fit perfectly in that era. Those are true Vikings. Other players (particularly Adrian Peterson) would have been fun in ANY era.

These lists are filled with players who simply epitomize what it means to be a Viking.

Last week, we covered punters. This week, we'll focus on centers. Most centers don't garner a lot of press, but the position is critical to the operation of any offensive line. Centers usually make the line calls for the offense, changing blocking schemes as the defense dictates. A good center is as smart as he is physical. Often the smallest members of the offensive line, centers need to use guile as much as brute force.

Click on as we power rank the top five centers in Minnesota Vikings history.

(All statistics courtesy of pro-football-reference.com)

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