Kirk Lowdermilk, C, 40: The Vikings always seem to have great centers and Lowdermilk was their late 80s/early 90s version. After seven seasons with the Vikings he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts for the then-highest contract ever given to an offensive lineman.
Jake Reed, WR, 39: Fourth in receiving yards, fifth in catches, sixth in receiving touchdowns in Vikings history. With Cris Carter, became first wide receiver duo to record 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.
Roy Winston, LB, 38: Winston was an All-American at LSU - as a guard. Moved to linebacker in the NFL, Winston is best known for a gruesome hit on Larry Csonka and he also played in all four of the Vikings’ Super Bowls.
Henry Thomas, DT, 37: “Hardware Hank” was the bridge between the Doleman defensive lines and the Randle defensive lines and he was good on both. Third-most sacks in Vikings history with 56.
Carl Lee, CB, 36: Fourth most games ever played by a Vikings defender, sixth most interceptions, and the official leading tackler in Vikings history – though tackles weren’t officially kept for the first twenty years of the Vikings franchise. Either way, for the ten years Lee was starting at corner, he was as dependable as dependable gets.
Korey Stringer, OT, 35: A promising career cut tragically short. Stringer started 91 of his 93 professional games and – as the aftermath of his death showed – was beloved in the locker room. He was a dominant run-blocker who was part of the great Vikings’ 1998 offensive line.
Kevin Williams, DT, 34: Could end up being closer to the top ten by the end of his time with the Vikings. Seven seasons into his career and he is a five-time pro bowler, five-time All-Pro, and has the sixth-most sacks in team history. Selected to the 2000s All-Decade team by the Hall of Fame.
Gary Larsen, DT, 33: The fourth member of the Purple People Eaters; the Ringo, if you will. Estimated to have had 38.5 sacks in his career, Larsen was mainly responsible for stopping the run. A two-time pro bowler, Larsen played in three of the Vikings’ Super Bowls.
Scott Studwell, LB, 32: The unofficial all-time leader in Vikings tackles with 1,981 and the official single-season record holder with 230. A two-time pro bowler and three-time All-Pro, Studwell had the longevity and production you want from every player.
Tommy Kramer, QB, 31: More known for off-field problems, Kramer was still a great Vikings quarterback. Second in passing yards and passing touchdowns, “Two-Minute” Tommy had plenty of great moments on the field, including leading the NFL in passer rating in 1986, his only pro bowl season.