Welcome to the latest in a series of slideshows that power rank the greatest Minnesota Vikings of all time by position. Each week will feature a different position, and the best Vikings to 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 are taken into account, there are 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 tight ends. This week, we'll focus on safeties.
Safeties are the hybrids of NFL defenses. In some circumstances, they need to hit like linebackers to stop the running game. On other plays, they need to display elite coverage skills to stop the pass. Either way, safeties are usually the last line of defense.
The Vikings have been blessed with some fine safeties over the years. Some have been ball hawks, while others have been huge hitters. Both types are represented on this list.
Click on as we power rank the top safeties in Minnesota Vikings history.
All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference unless otherwise noted.