Power Ranking the 5 Greatest Running Backs in Minnesota Vikings History

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Power Ranking the 5 Greatest Running Backs in Minnesota Vikings History
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Adrian Who?

Welcome to the last in a series of slideshows that power rank the greatest Minnesota Vikings of all time by position. Each week we've featured a different position, and the best Vikings to take the field at that position were 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 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 talked about quarterbacks. That only left one position to talk about. This week, we'll finish up by ranking the greatest running backs in Vikings history. 

The Vikings have had some outstanding running backs over the years. For a franchise that has frequently been built around its legendary defenses, Minnesota has been home to a surprising number of top-flight ball-carriers.

Some of the guys here are bruisers from the glory days. Another guy might just end up being the best player ever to don purple. There are a few guys who fall in between, as well.

Thank you for sticking with us for the entire series. Hopefully, you were able to take a few trips down memory lane as the greatest Vikings ever were discussed. Now, click on as we power rank the top running backs in Minnesota Vikings history.

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

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