The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the more successful franchises during their time in the NFL. Through all the years they have played, the team has seemed to put a decent priority on the passing game. A number of good, very good, and even great quarterbacks have come through Minnesota, including Fran Tarkenton, Joe Kapp, Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Daunte Culpepper, and Brett Favre. Those quarterbacks though have thrown to some very good wide receivers too.
One of the best ways to measure the effectiveness of a wide receiver over the course of a full season is to see if he was able to pass the 1,000 yard mark. A 1,000 yard season by a receiver is looked upon as a very significant accomplishment. Who has the most 1,000 yard receiving seasons in Vikings history?
Only ten players have recorded 1,000 yard receiving seasons in Minnesota Vikings history, five of them only doing it one time for the team. Those one-timers in the 1,000 yard club for Minnesota include John Gilliam in 1972, Joe Senser in 1981, Sammy White in 1981, Nate Burleson in 2004, and Sidney Rice in 2009.
Ahmad Rashad – 2
Ahmad Rashad was a fan favorite during the 1970s and he would go on to have a very successful career in broadcasting. He passed the 1,000 yard mark in both 1979 and 1980.
Anthony Carter – 3
Anthony Carter was a big name wide receiver who came out of the University of Michigan and joined the Vikings after spending time in the USFL. He passed the 1,000 yard mark in 1988, 1989, and 1990.
Jake Reed – 4
Jake Reed was a hard working receiver who was very dependable. He broke the 1,000 yard barrier every year from 1994 to 1997, a total of four years.
Randy Moss – 6
Randy Moss came to the Vikings in 1998 out of Marshall and made an immediate impact. He would go on to record 1,000 or more yards receiving each season from 1998 to 2003, a total of six consecutive years.
Cris Carter – 8
Cris Carter is a great story. He was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles and picked up by the Minnesota Vikings. He developed into one of the premier wide receivers of his era and usually put up big touchdown numbers to go along with his impressive yardage. He was a 1,000 yard receiver every year from 1993 to 2000.
Of all the great receivers the Minnesota Vikings have had, Cris Carter’s eight 1,000 yard seasons stand well above everyone else.
-Each player to have multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons for the Vikings has had them in consecutive years.