Canton Calling: Who’s Next For Vikings?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 6, 2013 – 7:23 am

Cris Carter will get plenty of attention in this space over the next several months as he prepares to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. In the meantime, Carter’s election into the Hall of Fame leads to this question: Who’s next for the Vikings?

The Hall of Fame and the selection committee should be commended for their stewardship of football immortality. But any time they elect or enshrine a class, an opportunity occurs to reflect on those who are not yet in the Hall of Fame but who have the credentials that could one day place them among the game’s immortals.

I think the Vikings have 2 such players. Here’s a look at each of them…

C Mick Tingelhoff
Tingelhoff came to the Vikings as a rookie free agent in 1962 and stepped into the starting lineup by the team’s second preseason game. He didn’t turn over the job until his retirement after the 1978 season, never missing a game over a 17-season span that included an incredible 240 consecutive regular season starts.

“Mick was a catalyst for our team and one of the most respected players on those teams,” legendary Vikings Head Coach and Hall of Famer Bud Grant said. “Mick’s intangibles were the thing that made him so great. He was a captain the whole time I coached him and guys looked at him as an example of how to do things.”

Over Tingelhoff’s 17-year career, he started in all four Vikings Super Bowl appearances, snapped to Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, blocked for 4 RBs who earned 13 trips to the Pro Bowl, was named to 7 consecutive All-Pro teams, paved the way for a 100-yard rusher 40 times and played in 19 postseason contests. In Tingelhoff’s final 11 seasons, the Vikings did not have a losing record and they won a division title in 10 of those campaigns. The Vikings posted a regular season record of 112-42-2 and won 10+ games 7 times in that 11-year span.

The Vikings offense thrived during Tingelhoff’s career, ranking in the top 10 of the NFL in rushing offense 10 times and in the top 10 in total offense 8 times. Tingelhoff is 1 of 6 Vikings that have had their jersey number retired, and he was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2001.

DE Jim Marshall
There are few Minnesota sports identities more revered than the Purple People Eaters. Marshall, a Vikings defensive end for 19 years (1961-79), was an integral part of the group and would be a fitting addition to the group of immortal NFL players in Canton, Ohio. He and fellow linemen Carl Eller, Gary Larsen, Alan Page and Doug Sutherland formed the vaunted group and led the team to a period of dominance that included 10 division titles and 4 appearances in the Super Bowl.

Originally a 4th-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1960, Marshall held the NFL record for consecutive games played with 282 (270 with the Vikings) until Brett Favre broke the mark. He ranks 2nd in Vikings lore with 127.0 sacks and led or tied for the team lead in sacks in each of the Vikings first 6 seasons. Marshall also ranks 9th in franchise history with 988 career tackles, behind only fellow Purple People Eater Page among defensive linemen.

Aside from accumulating sacks and tackles during his career, Marshall also recovered 29 fumbles, a team and NFL record. Marshall started at defensive end in 4 Super Bowls and was a 2-time Pro Bowler.

Marshall was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor on November 28, 1999.

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53 Responses to “Canton Calling: Who’s Next For Vikings?”

  1. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Jim Marshall

  2. By Kevin on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    He ran back a TD for the other team?!? Right?

  3. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Haha yes he did.

  4. By 1vikingsfan on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply


  5. By Northern Norseman on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Jim Marshall needs to be in the in the Hall of Fame.

    I just hope they get him in before he is gone. It seems some players finally get in but are not even around to enjoy the moment.

  6. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

  7. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Time for Marshall to join Eller and Page.

  8. By Purple and Gold on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I believe Jim Marshall did not score a TD for the other team but a safety. Plus, a small foot note that everyone seems to forget is the VIKINGS won that game 27-22! Off of get this: A fumble CAUSED by JIM MARSHALL returned for a TD by Carl Eller! JIM MARSHALL DESERVES TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME NOW! He played DE and started 270 consecutive games! Put the man in the Hall Of Fame.

    I know, I know. He didn’t win a Super Bowl. Neither did C.C. It takes a whole team.


  9. By liito on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    1. It would be nice to see both Tingelhoff and Marshall in the next Hall of Fame. I remember Marshall for running the wrong way and plays the game even when hurt. Tingelhoff been in 4 Super Bowls. So either one deserves to be in there.
    2. Be nice to have Purple People Eaters defense once again and a dominating offense that opens holes for AD. It be nice to see another nasty and humongous offensive and defensive linemen for the Vikes this year.

  10. By Andy on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    These two men have been snubbed for years. It is an injustice that needs to be corrected. And the Vikings organization needs to start a campaign to get these guys in, because I don’t feel they have done nearly enough to promote them. That is how you get the older players in, you need to start pounding on Canton’s door and do whatever it takes to get them to start listening. I hope they do that……

  11. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

  12. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Tingelhoff was a many time pro bowler when JONES began watching the game. He was the best center in professional football at that time. He should be recognized for that.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Marshall was regarded as better than HOF Carl Eller during most of their careers together. He was a bit small for a DE, but a worthy candidate.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    This last Super Bowl showed that IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK.

    Joe Flacco and Kaepernick (sp) were not even close to the best QBs in the NFL this year. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and several others would be considered superior to Flacco. Kaepernick is like a rookie.

    One thing that may be a trend is that Flacco is 6’6″ and Kaepernick (sp) is 6’5″!!!

    JOE WEBB IS 6’4″. The Vikings HAD BETTER put him in the #1 slot and let him develop if Ponder is unable.

    No doubt.

  15. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Who ever the QB is this year will need more protection. The 49ers had Three #1′s starting for them on the OFFENSIVE LINE.

    So much for drafting them in later rounds and waiting for them to develop. Belichick often takes O Linemen very high despite what he says about “developing them.” The man might be many things, but dumb is not one of them.

    Find a Guard with the #1 pick. Trade up if you can.

  16. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Beyond the guard position, the Vikings need many players.

    It might be wise to obtain some thru free agency since we do not know how long we will have Adrian Peterson.

    The defense needs help. Are linebackers a bigger need than defensive tackles? Jones does not know. We need both.

  17. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply


    We need 2 outstanding WRs.

    Percy Harvin? It does not matter. Just get two above average guys for WR.

  18. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply


    For sure M. Tingelhoff was ignored. There are fewer OLinemen in the HOF than any other position. Tingelhoff should be in the HOF.

  19. By dakotakid59 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t belive eather one of those 2 are in canton yet Masshall+ Tingelhoff both desereve to be in the Hall of Fame .As they were stalwarts on those Vikings teams of the seventys.Great guys, Great players.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  21. By dakotakid59 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    All smiles I like it…

  22. By animal26 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    man Sully having surgery on his knee. This isn’t good. The offensive line will probably be weaker next year. Really hope Peterson comes back stronger than ever next season

  23. By Parkway on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply



  24. By Parkway on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    That AD MVP award is getting the Vikes some attention. Dawkins picks wallace to go to Vikes (though it will never happen). Hoge predicts A. Simth going to Vikings (also very unlikely to happen)

  25. By RichardA1 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Marshall or Tinglehoff, both deserve it. A.P. is going to go Berzerk for 2500 yards next year! Raven’s will get the first stomping! and romping! Vikes signed a cb from Canada.

  26. By BlueBird7 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Here, hot off the TV commerical channel is a bit of news for you.

    Jerry Rice one of the best, if not the best reciever in football is now a Pitchman.

    He is a spoke person for “Joint Juice” A product the is suppose to help your joints.

    He is hawking a product that contains Titanium Dioxide dye. which is hazardous to your health!

    Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, don’t lower yourself. Stick to talking about football.

  27. By Mike B. on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry Fred my bet is that Webb’s days as a QB are done. He is either cut or moved to WR. I agree with the post that WRHopkins posted. I also disagree with you Fred on it isn’t all about the QB. Both played key factors on why the Ravens won the Superbowl. Kaepernick’s inexperience showed through in that game. Flacco showed poise and managed the game to keep ahead enough to win the game.

  28. By Mike B. on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I agree that Tingelhoff and Marshall both deserve a trip to Canton.

  29. By Gary on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Webb sucks, Get rid of him. Ponder is the man in Minnesota! Joe Webb couldn’t hit grandmaw in a wheelchair.

  30. By Daniel on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    With those numbers both have to be in

  31. By Carl K on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I wouldn’t cut Webb… we need a tall WR… See what he can do as a WR in preseason.

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    Google- 2007 uab football preview wide receivers youtube

  32. By Northern Norseman on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply


    The knee surgery is nothing to worry about. Ya its the scary knee surgery but Sullivans procedure is so minor that it will have nearly no effect on his future offseason… let alone the actual season.

    Sully is in no danger… moving on.

  33. By Northern Norseman on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    @Carl K

    Unlike last season, when the coaching staff said that Joe Webb was going to focus entirely on QB, they said they would evaluate Joe Webb in the off-season and decide what is the best thing to do with Joe Webb. (That was after a reporter asked if Webb would still be focusing on QB next year.)

    From what I have read and seen, there is a decent chance they will experiment again with Joe Webb at WR.

    I say do that… why not?

    See if there is any legitimite chance he has a future while the QB depth chart would be Ponder, free agent vet, and MJBT.

    Worse case scenario Joe Webb is kept around as an all-round athlete to plug in for certain packages, gets traded, or simply gets cut.

    Best case scenario Webb turns out to have a future at WR while in a way having an extra QB on your roster just in case Webb ever needs to come in at QB for trick plays, injuries, other packages, and so on.

  34. By vikes- or - die on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Wow. I can’t believe Jim Marshall has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Un believable.

  35. By Northern Norseman on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    On my point about Sullivan…..

    He may miss some off-season but I think he will be back and moving around before they start hitting the pads around before pre-season starts getting underway.

    I wish he hadn’t got his knee injured but it could be a lot worse.

    He’ll be revved and ready to go come season opener. That’s my bet.

  36. By Vikings1 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    @GrandDaddyPurp and Kevin

    To be political correct it wasn’t a TD for the other team it was a safety, but he and Tinglehoff deserves to be in the HOF!

  37. By Runway on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Fred Jones– Kapernick and Flacco not good QBs??? Huh? Are you in Colorado where certain plants are legal for psychedelic consumption? Come on dude. Both these QBs played phenomenal throughout the playoffs– accurate, fast, huge throws– some so incredible you could not even see the ball or know the receiver caught it until the annoucer confirmed it. Flacco often looked like he was almost out of bounds or on his back– and threw the ball for receptions– Flacco is one of the top 10 QBs right now– and Kapernick may be one of the top 10 of all time.

  38. By Runway on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    On the hall of fame- Marshall, one of the original purple people eaters, is a legend of the old school grid iron days in sub zero weather. Put him in!

  39. By Runway on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    And speaking of which, I wonder if Ray Lewis will get into the hof?

  40. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    @RUNWAY, and MIKE B.,

    Jones never said the QBs in the Super Bowl were not good. lol

    What the Fred said is they are not the best in the NFL. You would be hard pressed to argue against that call!!!


    They don’t usually switch positions after 3 seasons in the NFL.

    We should expect that Joe Webb will continue to play QB, even if he is traded.

    Trading him seems unlikely, since he has not really had much of a chance to play at the NFL level yet. He is an unknown product with a very low salary.

  41. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    The Webb “WR highlight” video was a snooze. I saw only 2 catches of any difficulty, the rest of the reel was him running, or standing in the flat wide open and THEN running.

    We all know he can run.

    But if that is the showcase of his receiving talent, we better start scra ping barrels.

  42. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Fred –

    Our own coaches wouldn’t throw Webb into a game until it was absolutely sure Ponder couldn’t play. They didn’t trust him to win a game, no matter how awful Ponder was playing.

    There is NO sense in keeping a player you have no trust in on the roster simply because you aren’t paying him much – it’s a waste of money and it’s denying some other athlete a chance. We can “underpay” some other QB much to stand on the sideline and maybe be a good QB.

    Joe is not.

  43. By vikelifer on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Webb is NOT the QB of the future,he could however be a decent reciever.He has the size and speed and also what good and great recievers have the ability to make impact plays and make the moves to get free and score.If the coaching staff would wake up and realize that playing him at reciever would open up the offence so much more.Think of it AP ,Harvin, Rudolf and Webb all options for Ponder to find somebody that can get open.Thanks Carl K. for the video it opened my eyes and thoughts on how the Vikings could really open up the offence.

  44. By vikelifer on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Marshall definately should be in the HOF.Purple People Eater live on in the HOF.WE NEED TO START A NEW PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS IN THIS GENERATION!

  45. By vikings3697 on Feb 9, 2013 | Reply

    Marshall and Tingelhoff should be in the HOF, but the voters seem to have something against the early Vikings. The next is probably going to be Adrian five years after he retires.

  46. By jcdogg on Feb 9, 2013 | Reply

    Freddy boy–Spielman has already confirmed that Ponder is the QB…Let’s let that one go for now. Webb’s only choice is WR. No team will take him at that position and in a team dying for that big 6-4 receiver that can go up and get the ball, Webb has all the tools. He is almost like a Megatron in physical ability. Coaching staff needs to get Webb focused on the WR position and he can compete for that position with Childs, Simpson and Jennings. He can also return Kickoffs. Speed+Size+Plus elusiveness=Our new kick returner. Put Robinson at Punt Returner. Maybe draft a WR in the first round, but I would go for that fast, OLB who can replace Henderson, and enter Audie Cole for MLB. We have the potential to have a Super Bowl contender.

  47. By joseph genovese on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Pay Harvin with incentives.He plays all 16 games then pay him.

  48. By Don on Feb 17, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Tinglehoff and Marshall.. But I also put Chuck Foreman into the HOF. During his time he was one of he top 2 running backs in the league.

    Chuck Foreman
    Running Back
    Minnesota Vikings 1973-1978
    New England 1979-1980
    Played in 111 Games
    3 Super Bowls
    NFC Rookie of The Year 1973
    4 Time All Conference
    4 Time All Pro
    5 Pro Bowls

  49. By BillyWard on Feb 17, 2013 | Reply

    I think its a shame Jim Marshall is not in the Hall Of Fame.Just because of one bad play and that is what hes remembered for.Well,how many interceptions did Montana throw in his career?How many times did Emmitt fumble in his career?See how silly it is to judge a player by his bad plays?These two players were the best at what they did but they still werent perfect.Put Jim in the Hall next year.

  50. By Bobby Gans on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    Tingelhoff should definitely be in since he was one of the great centers of his era along with Langer, Otto, and Webster. Marshall I always thought was getting snubbed but what I think is keeping him back is the Super Bowl games. He was totally neutralized in Viii against the dolphins and in super bowl xi he never made a tackle the whole game, and stats like that will haunt you. Plus only 2 pro bowls (hard to believe, seems like he woulda went to 5 or 6 for sure) is nothing exceptional when you play almost 20 years. Sadly , he might never get in.

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