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 did the linebackers. This week, we'll focus on tight ends. The history of the tight end in the NFL is interesting. In the early years, the tight end was often the star of the limited passing games employed by NFL teams. Through the '60s and into the '70s, tight ends were valued more for their blocking ability than their prowess at catching the ball.
That all changed in the 1980s, when passing opened up offenses around the league. These days, tight ends are often some of the best athletes on the field.
There have been some great tight ends in Minnesota. In compiling this list of the greatest Vikings tight ends of all time, we included players known for receiving, great blockers and those with a combination of skills.
Click on as we power rank the top tight ends in Minnesota Vikings history.
(All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference unless otherwise noted.)