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Minnesota Vikings: Franchise player

8/18/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Readers' pick: Fran Tarkenton, QB

Tarkenton beat out Cris Carter as the Vikings' franchise player by less than one percent in what is a really interesting debate.

Ultimately, it becomes a question of team versus individual success. Tarkenton was the starting quarterback on three Super Bowl teams (1973, 1974 and 1976) while Carter never made the big game.

But you could make a strong argument that Carter is one of the top five receivers in NFL history, at least based on production. He ranks second all-time in touchdown receptions (130) and overall receptions (1,101).

Would you call Fran Tarkenton one of the top five quarterbacks in NFL history? That's a little harder. At retirement, Tarkenton was the league's all-time leader in most categories. Some of those statistics came while playing for the New York Giants. Regardless, all of his records have since been eclipsed.

Someone will probably eclipse Carter's records as well. But as of now, they stand pretty high.