Monday, February 2, 2015


Sir Francis is the undisputed greatest quarterback in Vikings history.  Taken in the third round of their inaugural 1961 draft, he came off the bench to shock the Bears in the Vikings' first-ever game and never looked back.  Tarkenton's 18-year career included two tours with the Vikings, broken up by a five-year sabbatical in New York.  By the time it was over, he owned every major quarterback mark in the NFL record book.  Also on his resume: the 1975 NFL MVP Award, three Super Bowl appearances, and the first retired number in Vikings history.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.  And he remains the only true franchise quarterback so far in the 55-year history of the Minnesota Vikings.

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