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    "The Purple People Eaters"

    Some of you are old enough to remember the "Purple People Eaters" the defensive line of the vikings made up of the following players:
    DE Jim Marshall
    DE Carl Eller
    DT Gary Larsen
    DT Alan Page
    DE Joe Jackson

    But what I never knew was there was a song made up for them. I lived through that era but I never remember this song. Do any of you?


    Well, we went to Metrodome to see the Vikings
    I saw the Purple People Eaters down on the field
    A defense who plays this game so rough
    And takes down the offense mean & tough

    They are the fearsome foursome sacking Purple People eaters
    Fearsome foursome sacking Purple People Eaters
    Fearsome foursome sacking Purple People Eaters
    Sho'nuff good to me (hut-hike!)

    The real People eaters of the Defensive line
    Can take down the O's attack in 3 seconds time
    And when the game's over, tell 'em over the land
    They wanna get a job in a hip-hop band

    Well bless my soul, pick-and-roll, sacking Purple People Eaters
    Big-boned, on a roll, sacking Purple People Eaters
    (Let's go Vikings)
    Sacking Purple People Eaters
    Sho'nuff good to me

    On the next game, played here in the Metrodome grounds
    The Cowboys needed something to get 1st down
    It was a crazy play when the clock resumed
    A wop bop a lu bop a wop bam boom! (sfx: whistle)

    Well, bless my soul, pick-and-roll, sacking Purple People eaters
    Big boned, on a roll, sacking purple people eaters
    Let's Go Vikings
    Sacking Purple People Eaters
    Sho'nuff good to me (Minnesota)

    And when the playoffs came, well what'ya know?
    I saw 'em last night on the Best Damn show
    They were rockin' it out, really knockin' 'em dead
    Playing jock 'n' roll music with the horns on their head

    (electric guitar solo)

    Touchdown!
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    Re: "The Purple People Eaters"

    I met a cook down here in Texas once who knew a Vikings second-string linebacker, who used to stand there behind the D line, and when the ball was snapped, and Allen Page got off the line so fast that the ref. thought he "must have been offsides" and his job was practically to argue with the ref. that Page was just "that fast".

    He told me, the guy had been hurt so bad that he was in a hospital bed on Wednesday, and could not walk. He played that same Sunday !!! It shows how tough they were back then, and how the only excuse to not play was, "my leg is broken".

    I remember that defense as a kid. They were really, really good. Paul Krause was an amazing player, who constantly picked off the ball.

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    Re: "The Purple People Eaters"

    If you are gonna put Joe Jackson in that group, you might as well add Doug Sutherland as well.

    Are the words sung to Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley?

    If so, here's a link with the music:

    http://www.shebwooley.com/ppe.htm
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    Re: "The Purple People Eaters"

    Yes, I think it was sung to that song. I couldn't get that audio stream to work for some reason. I'll have to check it more later. Thanks for it.
    And I agree that Doug Sutherland should also be added. Forgot about him. Most people forget about Joe Jackson.
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    Re: "The Purple People Eaters"

    Usually the PPE's are referring to only 4 of those guys, not DE Joe Jackson.

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    Re: "The Purple People Eaters"

    Yah I don't even know who Joe Jackson is.. Just keep it at 4 peeps!

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