The Minnesota Vikings have made a huge impact on the NFL for almost 50 years since the franchise was established in 1961. The Vikings have played through moments of greatness throughout their time, winning division championships on 18 occasions, conference titles on four occasions and claiming one NFL Championship. The Vikings are historically one of the best teams in football, and their .541 all-time winning percentage ranks among the top eight teams in the NFL.
The Vikings enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in franchise history during the 1969 season. The team fought off a 0-2 start to their season by reeling off 12 consecutive wins and finishing the regular season 12-2. Once in the playoffs, the Vikings took down the Cleveland Browns 27-7 in the final NFL Championship Game, earning the team a trip to the Super Bowl. The Vikings then dropped Super Bowl IV to the Kansas City Chiefs despite being heavily favored to win the game.
The Vikings continued to dominate the NFL during the early-1970s. Minnesota was led by a stout defense that took the nickname of the “Purple People Eaters,” which was led by league MVP and Hall of Famer Alan Page. With this signed helmet, fans and collectors can commemorate the “Purple People Eaters” because the helmet is signed by its members Page, Jim Marshall, Carl Eller and Gary Larsen.
After the ‘70s, the Vikings still enjoyed regular success but the team did not enjoy a season quite as successful as the 1998 campaign. The Vikings put an offense on the field that would go down as one of the greatest of all time. Legendary quarterback Randall Cunningham led an offense that featured running back Robert Smith and versatile wide receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss. The potent offence scored what was an NFL-record 556 points while never being held under 24 points in any game. Minnesota pieced together a classic 15-1 regular season with their only loss coming during a 27-24 upset at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite their dominance, the Vikings fell in the NFC Championship game to the Atlanta Falcons.
After losing the NFC title game, the Minnesota Vikings put together a solid 10-6 season during 1999. The Vikings took down the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs but lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the following round.
The Vikings are in a revamp mode as the franchise seeks to reclaim some of the dominance it has enjoyed in the past. The team drafted Adrian Peterson in 2007 and he has undoubtedly established himself as the best running back in the NFL. Minnesota has drafted other young players to place around Peterson in hopes of a deep playoff run. With their first round pick in 2014, the Vikings took Teddy Bridgewater out of the University of Louisville in hopes that the young quarterback can rejuvenate an offense that sometimes depends heavily on Peterson’s running attack.
The Vikings are one of the more promising young franchises in the league today. With elite young players like Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph, Teddy Bridgewater and Cordarrelle Patterson, the Vikings are constructed to emerge as a winning franchise for years to come. The Vikings’ winning pedigree is highlighted by their Hall of Fame Players: Fran Tarkenton, Cris Carter, Carl Eller, and Alan Page. When you combine the Vikings’ storied history with their potential of promising play today the options for adding great memorabilia to your collection is endless.
- Adrian Peterson Signed Helmets: Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL, period. Better known as “All Day,” Peterson has been one of the most dynamic players in all of football since the Vikings drafted him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson, a six-time Pro Bowler, registered one of the best seasons ever for a running back during 2012 when he rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns. His statistics earned him the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award, an achievement that is even more remarkable when you consider Peterson accomplished all of that just months after tearing his ACL. An Adrian Peterson autographed helmet commemorates that his legendary 2012 season, is a historical piece that can add depth to any NFL memorabilia collection.
- Fran Tarkenton Signed Photos: A nine-time Pro Bowler, Fran Tarkenton is one of the best players in Minnesota Vikings history. The Hall of Fame quarterback played 13 seasons for the Vikings and regularly led the team to the playoffs. His No. 10 jersey is retired by the Vikings and he’s also been named to the team’s Ring of Honor. Tarkenton is the Vikings all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, so fans and collectors should consider adding a signed Fran Tarkenton photo to their memorabilia collection. An autographed Fran Tarkenton photo that captures the legend as he dropped back for a pass during his storied Vikings career is a historic piece for any collection that will retain its high value forever.
- Kyle Rudolph Autographed Footballs: One of the young, elite tight ends in the NFL today, Kyle Rudolph has emerged as a player to look out for while dominating on the field for the Vikings. Rudolph was named to the 2012 Pro Bowl after catching nine touchdown passes during the regular season. He took advantage of his Pro Bowl appearance by excelling during the game and earning Pro Bowl MVP honors. At just 24 years old, Rudolph is establishing himself as a huge building block for the future of the Vikings. An autographed Kyle Rudolph football can serve as a unique addition to any NFL memorabilia collection and a ball that includes notable franchise achievements, while being hand-signed by one of the elite young players in the league, is a must-have for Vikings fans.
- Cris Carter Signed Jerseys: An eight-time Pro Bowler and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cris Carter was one of the best wide receivers in NFL history. Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 after his 15-year career, 12 of which he played for the Vikings. Minnesota retired Carter’s No. 80 jersey in his honor, which is an accolade only five other Vikings players have ever experienced. Die-hard Vikings fans should add a signed Cris Carter jersey to their collection and preserve the career of one of the best players in franchise history.
- Teddy Bridgewater Memorabilia: Teddy Bridgewater is the young quarterback that the Vikings drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft. The Vikings took Bridgewater out of Louisville in hopes that he can lead the franchise back to perennial playoff contention. The up-and-coming passer was a standout while at Louisville; he was the Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and was the Sugar Bowl MVP during 2013. The time to invest in Teddy Bridgewater memorabilia is now and not after an insurmountable amount of hype surrounds his remarkable career. With a rare piece of sports memorabilia, like this autographed Teddy Bridgewater helmet, fans and collectors can invest in the future of this talented player.