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The 9 Most Underrated Vikings

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Posted: 6/25/2014 8:57 AM

The 9 Most Underrated Vikings 


Some of these guys you newbies have never heard of or maybe you have heard of them, but in my opinion they never got their due. Feel free to add to the list:

1. Todd Steussie > Left tackle. Believe it or not, this guy was one of my favorites. Was good for a false start penalties at least one every other game. But, was tough as nails. And believe it that if he was our left tackle instead of that woos-bag, McKinnie, Brett Favre would have only had one cheap shot from the Saints in that NFC Championship game before Todd would have punched, kicked or leg-whipped one of the Saint defenders. He started 6 straight years from 1994-2000 without a scratch. My favorite moment was one game he jumped off sides. And they showed Jeff Christy who was our Center before Matt Birk, punch Steussie in the face mask, as if to say c'mon dumb-a$$$. And you see they were both smiling and chuckling under their helmets.

2.. big-Dave Dixon > Offensive Guard - Born in New Zealand and was a former D-tackle at Arizona State that they turned into probably one of the best road grading offensive guards that ever played for the Vikes. Yes, Randal McDaniel was the best guard and the most athletic, but you want a see what a road grader looks like, it was Dave Dixon at 335lbs. Kept his nose clean on and off the field. Played next to Korey Stringer and started pretty much for 7 straight years from 1997-2004.

3. Henry Thomas > Nose guard - I think he went to 2-3 Pro-bowls, but played in the shadows of John Randle, Doleman and Millard. Henry did the dirty work and piled up over 93 sacks in his career. He originated lining up almost horizontally so the center never got a clear/clean shot on him. He was pretty consistent with always seeming to get about 8-9 sacks/season with the Vikes, which is pretty damn good at the nose guard position.

4. Orlando Thomas > Very sad story as I believe he is bed ridden with Lou Gehrig's disease. This guy was headed to stardome but kept on breaking his shoulder blade/clavicle area. His rookie year he led the entire NFL with 9 interseptions. He should have been the Defensive rookie of the year.

5. Jim Kleinsasser > grew up in the Dakota's and played his college football there. Big-Jim played tightend, full back and always gave 110%. Had good hands, but was a devastating blocker. It was like having an additional O-tackle out there as he gave D-ends fits. Probably the best blocking TE the Vikes have ever had.

6. Terry Allen > ran for over 1,000 yards in 92 and 93 and then left for the Redskins. We thought his knees were shot, and he remained productive running for over 1300 yards in 95 and 96. He was a very good runningback.

7. Antoine Winfield > I think this guy pound/pound was probably the toughest Viking of all time. I was so happy to see him leave OSU as I was tired of watching this guy make tackle after tackle whenever they played the Wolverines. I think he was the best overall coverage/tackling corner that the Vikes have ever had. Best move that former coach Mike Tice ever did was not letting Antoine leave the Vikings without siging a contract when he left the Bills for the Vikes.

8. Chad Greenway > This is another guy from South Dakota who every year quietly leads the Vikings in tackles. He is never on Sports Center with the hit of the week or returning a INT for a 40 yard touchdown after hurdling someone. He just always gets the job done. Blew out his knee his rookie year in 2006 on the kickoff team, rehabbed his knee, and has not missed a start since. Something to be said about a guy who plays LB and has never missed a game from 2007-present.  

9. Chris Walsh > 9th round pick of the Bills in 1992, and came to the Vikes in 1994.  And remained on the Vikes for the next 8 seasons.These type of guys are not supposed to make the NFL. Especially a team that already had Chris Carter, Randy Moss, and Jake Reed . Only had 4 career TD's and never caught more than 15 balls during the season. Althought Walsh was listed as a WR, he made his living as one of the best tacklers on the Vikings special teams. He once played an entire game with a broken jaw. Very tough guy.


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Posted: 6/25/2014 10:01 AM

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First guy that came to mind was Chris Walsh, loved his toughness.

I'd add Jake Reed to the list myself, very solid but always overshadowed. (I'm sure he benefited from being overshadowed as well.)

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Posted: 6/25/2014 10:20 AM

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I like your list, I would add Sammy White as well as Hassan Jones to your list of underated big playmakers.

There are a handful of others,
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Posted: 6/25/2014 10:50 AM

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Winfield has to be #1 on that list. Amazing the impact he brought in games at his size.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 10:57 AM

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Inspiredvike wrote: I like your list, I would add Sammy White as well as Hassan Jones to your list of underated big playmakers.

There are a handful of others,
Yeah Sammy White! He is one of the reasons I followed the Vikes as a kid. I would wear my 85 jersey and emulate him while my brother wore his 44 jersey emulating Chuck Foreman.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 11:27 AM

I hear you guys regarding Sammy White 


I remember being a kid watching our beloved Vikes get man handled by the Raiders in their last Superbowl appearance and seeing poor Sammy get his helmet knocked off twice by Jack Tatum and Atkinson from the Raiders.


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Posted: 6/25/2014 12:12 PM

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Terry Allen was possibly my favorite player in '92, especially with his talents allowing them to get rid of Wasted Walker.  Sucks that the crappy dome turf tore up his knees.  Do you remember that his 1201 yards that season was the first time a Viking running back broke 1000 yards in a season since Ted Brown did it in '81?  They'd been doing the committee thing for a decade.

I think the players on the op list were appreciated by the Vikings fans quite a bit while they were playing, but probably not so much by the rest of the NFL.  An exception may be Hank.  He was praised quite a bit as a tandem with Randle.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 3:08 PM

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I will throw in a few players from the 80's and 90's
Steve Jordan
Tim Newton
Corey Chavous
Carl Lee
Ted Brown
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Posted: 6/25/2014 3:27 PM

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Al Noga is a name for the list. Had a few good years with us. I liked Walsh as well.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 4:09 PM

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I agree with Jordan as far as underrated goes,
Chavous too, though he was  well thought of as a pro he was at the top of his game in 2003,
Carl Lee for sure is a guy who should be on the list

Ted Brown - for some reason I never really liked him and wished we had a different RB the years he was a starter. I was always hoping someone would beat him for the starting job.
Glibber wrote: I will throw in a few players from the 80's and 90's
Steve Jordan
Tim Newton
Corey Chavous
Carl Lee
Ted Brown
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Posted: 6/25/2014 4:21 PM

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I haven't thought of Chris Walsh for a while.  He was a fun guy to cheer for.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 4:23 PM

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Lists are complicated to begin with, but this one is strange to me as I guess I don't know what your definition of "underrated"is.

You have listed All Pro's, Pro Bowlers & household names. Most O lineman are unheralded to begin with, even the ones with rings, kinda comes with the territory.
& how can a guy who is the 4th highest $ maker on our team be underrated ?


I get a guy like Walsh making your list as he has no NFL hardware on his mantle, yet seemed to be a fan favorite.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 5:04 PM

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Great player. Totally forgot about him, I confess. The names that came to mind for me were Isaac Holt and Jesse Solomon. 
Rage4order wrote: Al Noga is a name for the list. Had a few good years with us. I liked Walsh as well.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 5:08 PM

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phillyjoe wrote: I haven't thought of Chris Walsh for a while.  He was a fun guy to cheer for.
It was a great reminder, wasn't it?  

And cred to Walsh that we all remember him even though nobody talks about him anymore!
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Posted: 6/25/2014 5:23 PM

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Posted: 6/25/2014 5:55 PM

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Rip Hawkins
Jerry Reichow
Ed Sharockman
Ed McDaniel
Steve Jordan
Dave Osborn

Really would like to see Mick get the HOF recognition he deserves.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 6:10 PM

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Does anyone remember Keith Nord?  Great special teams guy.
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Posted: 6/25/2014 11:58 PM

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Agree with most of those guys.  Orlando Thomas hurt his knee in a wildcard game against Dallas, I don't believe he ever recovered the same level of explosiveness he had pre-injury.  OT was one of my favorites, but he was skewered on this site often in his career mainly for missing tackles on long runs.  I found it comical that our posters were angry at the FS for missing a one on one open field tackle against a RB and not at the DL/LB's for allowing a RB to get to the 3rd level of the defense untouched.  Anyways, OT's play against Shannon Sharpe was one of the most amazing plays I've ever seen.  Pass came over the middle to Sharpe and OT lit him up AND picked of the pass all in the same motion.  

Kleinsasser is a tough one for me because he was a very good blocker who was also extremely versatile in where you could line him up.  Jim could block from the FB, HB or in-line TE positions at a high level.  That said, Kleinsasser came out of school with the size/speed combination to be a real threat in the offense, but it never materialized.  Early in his career he could get open with his speed down the middle, but couldn't haul in the passes.  Still an excellent player, but if the Vikings ever had a TE to keep the Safeties honest in the middle of the field during the Moss era...

Chris Walsh is a good choice for special teams, but I think Harold Morrow deserves mention from that era as well.  Guy was listed as a FB, but did nothing but play all the special teams.  

Henry Thomas doesn't strike me as a guy who could be underrated, but I guess if people didn't see him play maybe he was.  The NFL actually put a rule in to negate a technique he used where he lined up slanted over the C with his helmet nearly touching the C.  Great against the run and a great complement to Randle. 

Dixon was such a great story.  Converted from DT to OG on the practice squad and worked his way to becoming a very good RG in the league for a number of years.  This was one of those Denny Green projects that really worked out like Robert Griffith, Jake Reed,  and to a lesser degree Robert Tate.
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Posted: 6/26/2014 1:23 AM

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Sammy White as a few have mentioned...

Matt Blair... I really do not think younger fans realize this guy was HoF caliber...

Ed White... Another guy who was HoF caliber...

Doug Martin... Guy was a sack master in the between years for the 2 generations of Purple People Eaters...

Ted Browm... 


These 5 I loved... Your 9 I liked a lot///
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Posted: 6/26/2014 2:59 AM

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I'm drawing a blank, but what was the name of our short yardage back the guy moss backward flipped the ball to for the touchdown?
That guy was crazy awesome at picking up first downs and touchdowns.
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