In 2010 Minnesota Vikings fans saw their team fall from a two-time NFC North Division champion, to last place, tied with the Detroit Lions at 6-10.
One of the few bright spots for the Vikings continued to be the production of running back Adrian Peterson. The 1,298 rushing yards for Peterson represented his lowest total in four seasons, though he did finish the year third in career rushing yards for the franchise.
Peterson is now only 105 yards behind Chuck Foreman, and 1,036 behind Robert Smith.
There is no reason to believe that Peterson, who has averaged 86.5 yards per game over the past two seasons, will not continue to produce, and at some point in 2011 become the Vikings' career rushing leader. At this pace he should surpass Smith on December 4th, 2011, when the Vikings host the Denver Broncos.
Looking over the history of the Minnesota Vikings, I compiled and ranked the greatest runners to ever don the purple and gold.
The criteria used to rank the Vikings' top runners in order of importance included: career rushing yards, touchdowns, average yards per carry, carries per fumble, number of games played, and their longest career run from scrimmage.
Here are the top 30 runners in Minnesota Vikings history.