For me, Bud is #2... The "Greatest Viking" has greater meaning to me than just on field contributions. Several Viking greats built that legacy, none more than Page and Grant...at least in my opinion. Bud's no nonsense approach to the game and to leadership set the stage for many Viking greats to become Hall of Famers and was trend setting. You can definitely make an argument for Bud and Jerry Burns leveraging the talents of Tark by developing the predecessor of the West Coast offense. For those of us that watched the Vikings of the 70's, when Bill Walsh came around and began winning and receiving notoriety (justifiably, a great man, and, a great coach, RIP)...the 49ers offense was eerily similar. They just had a better QB, the greatest WR ever, etc. Anyway, Bud is synonymous to the term "Great Viking."
From there, valid arguments can be made for a myriad of players...Yary, Randle, McDaniel, Peterson, Moss, and, Tark. Based on the aforementioned, Moss drops a bit in my opinion. His impact was awesome, his accomplishments, impressive. But, Moss left twice unceremoniously, took plays off (don't deny it, he didn't), and, bad mouthed the Vikings (well, Childress, but, still).
Ironically, Page left because he and Grant couldn't agree on playing weight. Letting Page go was a big mistake, albeit understandable, by Grant. That, and Page's anger about the release, are forgivable to me in the "Viking Great" category because of the aforementioned.
Alan Page: The Greatest Viking Of All Time - Daily Norseman :bow:
As it should be. Congrats to Alan Page, well deserved.
Simple fact, I'm a Vikings fan, and Alan Page was a big reason why I love them so much and always have been and still am a Viking Fan. Congrats Alan, you earned the spot.
It's hard to complain with any of choices here. I guess Viking's fans know their stuff.
It's pretty difficult for us youngsters especially to understand how good Page was given the fact that they didn't even record sacks back then. However, being one of only two defensive players to ever win MVP (and the only defensive lineman) pretty much says it all, coupled with the fact that he's been a really awesome member of our community even after his playing career was over.
The only criticism I can think of would be some of the seeding. For example, how is Jared Allen a 2 and yet Randal McDaniel is a 3 and Yary is a 6? Otherwise though, looking at the way the bracket was, there really weren't any choices that were very questionable at all.