Minnesota Vikings’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Minnesota Vikings have been an NFL franchise since 1961, and with zero championships in four Super Bowl appearances, you can pretty much say this is a hard-luck franchise. The Vikings have also been competitive more often than not, so that has to make things even more maddening if you’re a fan of theirs. Anyway, this team has usually fielded excellent quarterbacks, and here is a short list of the Vikings’ all-time leaders in touchdown passes to date:
Fran Tarkenton (239)—Fran Tarkenton played for the Vikings from 1961 to 1966 and again from 1972 to 1978, with a stint with the New York Giants in between. Tarkenton leads the Vikings all-time with 239 passing touchdowns, and he had a career high 29 of them with the Giants in 1967. But Tarkenton’s best season with Minnesota was 1978, when, despite 32 interceptions, Tarkenton threw for 25 touchdowns and a career high 3468 yards (led the NFL).
Tommy Kramer (159)—Tommy Kramer played for Minnesota most of his career, from 1977 to 1989, and he ranks second in franchise history with 159 TD passes. Kramer’s best season was arguably 1981, when he had career highs in passing yards (3912) and passing touchdowns (26), despite 24 picks.
Daunte Culpepper (135)—Daunte Culpepper played for the Vikings from 1999 to 2005, and he ranks third in Vikings’ history with 135 touchdown passes. Culpepper’s best season by far was one of the best seasons for a quarterback, ever. That was in 2004, when he threw for a career high (and NFL best) 4717 yards with a career best 39 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions. That year, Culpepper also rushed for 406 yards and two more TDs, earning his third Pro Bowl selection.
Wade Wilson (66)—Wade Wilson played for Minnesota from 1981 to 1991, mostly as a backup, and he ranks fourth in team history with 66 TD passes. Wilson had his best season in 1988, his lone Pro Bowl year. That season, Wilson threw for career highs in passing yards (2746) and touchdowns (15), with 9 interceptions, in 10 starts.
Brad Johnson (65)—Brad Johnson played for the Vikings from 1994 to 1998, and again in 2005 and 2006. Johnson ranks fifth in franchise history with 65 touchdown passes, and he had a career high 26 TD passes with Tampa Bay in 2003. But Johnson’s best season with Minnesota was 1997. That year, he threw for 3036 yards and 20 touchdown passes, with 12 picks.
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