Power Ranking the 5 Greatest Defensive Ends in Minnesota Vikings History

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Power Ranking the 5 Greatest Defensive Ends in Minnesota Vikings History
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Everson Griffen celebrates.

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 coming 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 epitomize what it means to be a Viking.

Last week, we did the guards. This week, we'll focus on defensive ends. Great pass-rushing ends are highly coveted, and the Vikings have had some all-time greats over the years. Cutting this list down to five was the toughest job so far in this series of rankings. 

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

(All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference unless otherwise noted.)

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