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 centers. This week, we'll focus on defensive tackles. While defensive ends get most of the glory on the defensive line, defensive tackles often change the game. The Vikings have a long and storied history of outstanding play from the defensive tackle spot.
From the vaunted Purple People Eaters of the 1960s and 1970s to the Williams Wall of just a few years ago, Minnesota has been home to some of the best defensive tackle play in the history of the NFL.
Click on as we power rank the top five defensive tackles in Minnesota Vikings history.
(All statistics courtesy of pro-football-reference.com unless otherwise noted.)