In football, defensive tackle is player who lines up in the defensive center. This position is in charge of both stopping the run and rushing the passer. 
On defense, defensive tackle is usually the biggest player. We will take you through some of the great defensive tackles in the history of Vikings.

Alan Page

Alan Page

When Page was selected as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1971, he created NFL history. He was the first defensive player to win the award in the history of the game. Page was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time first-team All-Pro during his 12-year career in Minnesota.

Alan Page is the best defensive tackle in the history of Vikings and arguably the best in the history of NLA. We cannot really mention the number of sacks Page collected in his career because sacks were not statistically considered until 1992. Some unofficial lists credit him with 148.5 sacks though.

John Randle

john randle

John Randle is without a doubt one of the best players the Minnesota Vikings have ever had. With 114 sacks (Statistics were not kept until 1992, hence this is an “unofficial” list.), Randle holds the record for most sacks in Minnesota history.

He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Six times he was named to the Pro Bowl and a half-dozen times he was named first-team All-Pro. Randle had a streak of eight years with at least ten sacks. That was an NFL record for an inside lineman at the time.

Kevin Williams

Williams remains a force against the run, despite his sack totals declining in recent years from a career-high of 11.5 in 2004. Kevin helped design the Williams Wall with Pat Williams, which allowed the Vikings to top the NFL in run defense from 2006 to 2008

Due to his consistent excellence, Williams moves up to No. 3 on the list, passing Millard. Williams has 56.5 sacks in his ten seasons with the Vikings. He’s also been chosen to the All-Pro first team five times. Williams has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times.

Keith Millard

Keith Millard

Millard joined the Vikings in 1985 after a season with the now-defunct USFL’s Jacksonville Bulls. Millard made an immediate impression. Despite starting only five games, he has 11 sacks in his rookie season.

In 1988 and 1989, he was at his peak. Millard was chosen first-team All-Pro in 1988 despite only having eight sacks. Millard also won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1989 after leading the Vikings defense with 18 sacks.


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