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Minnesota is well represented in Canton, Ohio, but the team still has its share of Hall of Fame snubs.
From Fran Tarkenton to Randy Moss, plenty of Hall of Famers have donned the Purple and Gold. Still, the Vikings have had plenty of players deserving of being enshrined, only to fall short in recent years.
So here is a list of some of the more notable snubs to have played for the Vikings. Just a note: I left off some notable former Vikings whose great years didn’t overlap with the team. So players like Donovan McNabb will not be on this list.
Here it is:
DE Jim Marshall
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Marshall is probably the Vikings' most egregious snub. He was a member of the "Purple People Eaters," a legendary Minnesota defensive line. Alan Page and Carl Eller, both of whom are also members of the "Purple People Eaters," are already in the Hall of Fame. Marshall started 270 consecutive games, which is a record for defensive players. He also had 30 fumble recoveries, which is an NFL record, too.
RB Chuck Foreman
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Foreman was a five-time Pro Bowler, an Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1973 and even led the NFL in receptions in 1975. That was good enough to place him in Minnesota's Ring of Honor, but he has yet to make the Hall of Fame.
DE Jared Allen
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So far, Allen has only been snubbed in his first year of eligibility. Considering he was a finalist this year, it's within the realm of possibility that he could one day be enshrined. But, currently, he has yet to make it. He had 22 sacks in 2011 and had more than 14 sacks in three different seasons with the Vikings.