5 Greatest Quarterbacks in Vikings History

Jason Schandl
The greatest quarterbacks in Minnesota Vikings history, including Fran Tarkenton.
The greatest quarterbacks in Minnesota Vikings history, including Fran Tarkenton. / Kidwiler Collection/Getty Images
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While the Minnesota Vikings are trying to establish themselves as a run-heavy team behind Dalvin Cook these days, that hasn't always been the case.

The Vikings have boasted some dangerous aerial attacks over the years, led by some all-time great passers. With that in mind, here are the five greatest quarterbacks in Vikings history.

Best Vikings Quarterbacks of All Time

5. Warren Moon (1995-1996)

Warren Moon holds the Vikings record for passing yards per game.
Warren Moon holds the Vikings record for passing yards per game. / Joseph Patronite/Getty Images

Three seasons may not seem like enough to land on an all-time list, but in that time Warren Moon racked up 21 wins — ranking No. 7 among QBs in franchise history. He also eclipsed 10,000 passing yards (with 10,102) in just 39 games, and his 259.0 passing yards per game still stand as the franchise record.

4. Tommy Kramer (1977-1989)

Tommy Kramer has the second most passing yards in Vikings history.
Tommy Kramer has the second most passing yards in Vikings history. / Rick Stewart/Getty Images

A bit the opposite of Moon, Tommy Kramer's spot on the list comes largely thanks to longevity. He started 110 games for the Vikings over his 13 years with the team, posting a 54-56 record. His 72.9 passer rating and 193.6 yards per game are nothing to write home about, but that longevity helped him reach the No. 2 spot in franchise history for both passing yards (24,775) and passing touchdowns (159).

3. Randall Cunningham (1997-1999)

Randall Cunningham's 1998 season was one of the best ever for a Vikings QB.
Randall Cunningham's 1998 season was one of the best ever for a Vikings QB. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Like Moon, Randall Cunningham played just three season in Minnesota. His 1998 campaign, however, was strong enough to earn him this spot on the list. Cunningham was a first-team All-Pro in '98, throwing for 3,704 yards and 34 touchdowns and leading the team to a 13-1 record in his 14 starts while leading the NFL with a 106.0 passer rating.

2. Daunte Culpepper (1999-2005)

Daunte Culpepper is one of the best quarterbacks in Vikings history.
Daunte Culpepper is one of the best quarterbacks in Vikings history. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Daunte Culpepper holds the Vikes' single-season records for both passing yards (4,717) and touchdowns (39), which he set in 2004. His 110.9 passer rating that year was also the best for a full-time starter in Vikings history. He is also one of only three Vikings passers to eclipse the 20k-yard mark, with 20,162 yards and 135 touchdowns across his 81 games.

1. Fran Tarkenton (1961-1966, 1972-1978)

Fran Tarkenton is the greatest quarterback in Minnesota Vikings history.
Fran Tarkenton is the greatest quarterback in Minnesota Vikings history. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

The obvious choice for number one, Fran Tarkenton is the Vikings' franchise leader in passing yards (33,098), passing touchdowns (239) and QB wins (91). He also led the team through the most successful era in franchise history. The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, but under Tarkenton they made three appearances in four years between 1973 and 1976, finishing as a top-10 scoring offense in all four seasons. The NFL MVP in 1975, Tarkenton's number 10 is retired by the Vikings, and he was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.


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