One of the most indelible marks in the Minnesota Vikings history pages is the Fran Tarkenton era. And it was this era that began with a record-setting game against the formidable Chicago Bears in 1961, where Tarkenton became the first NFL player in history to throw four touchdowns in his first pro game.
The rest speaks for itself.
But the bulk of Tarkenton’s success came from the collection of targets he utilized to make his air attack one of the most memorable in NFL history with BOTH the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants.
Today I would like to highlight the top 10 receiving targets of the Fran Tarkenton era.
As a caveat, only two players on this list actually spent six years working with Tarkenton, while the other eight spent either three, four or five years with him. So for fairness, this top list will be a roundabout top 10, NOT a power ranking.
Really, I could prorate the numbers, but that isn’t a fair assessment, which is why this approach is much better.
Let’s take a look.