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 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.
Certain players, such as Mike Morris and Scott Studwell, 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 covered the offensive tackles. This week, we'll focus on linebackers. Linebackers are highly visible performers in the Vikings' 4-3 defensive scheme. Since the team has never regularly played the 3-4, Minnesota doesn't have a history of great pass rushing linebackers. Instead, this list is made up of guys who made their names playing against both the run and the pass.
There have been a lot of excellent linebackers who've suited up for the Vikings. It was difficult to narrow this list down.
Click on as we power rank the top linebackers in Minnesota Vikings history.
(All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference unless otherwise noted.)