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Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame QB
Christian Ponder has just announced his retirement after 14 Pro Bowl seasons, ending his career as one of the best player in NFL history.
Ponder is clearly the best player taken from the 2011 NFL Draft, and 11 teams are still kicking themselves for not taking Ponder. The Vikings have enjoyed numerous great seasons from Ponder, including Super Bowl winning seasons 2014, 2015, and 2018. That's not even mentioning his 2016 season when he passed for 54 touchdowns, beating out the previous record of 51 by Kevin Kolb.
He wasted no time entering the NFL Stage, unanimously winning Rookie of the Year in 2011 after leading the Vikings to a Division title without injured running back Adrian Peterson. He finished second in MVP voting behind his 4222 yards passing and 39 TDs.
There is no doubt at this point that Ponder should have been the overall pick considering he is a top five NFL player of all time. The Vikings are going to be hard pressed to replace his 4400 yards passing last year with a suitable rookie.
But hey, you never know, maybe they will get lucky and draft another stud in the first round this year.
Nothing is impossible.