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Minnesota Vikings’ All-Time Passing Leaders (Yardage)

Updated on November 11, 2008

Fran Tarkenton

Tommy Kramer

Daunte Culpepper


The Minnesota Vikings have been around since 1961, and unfortunately may be known mostly for losing four Super Bowls. But hey, they have made it there four times and some teams can't say that. The Vikings seem to always have great offensive players, and when you think of great quarterbacks, Fran Tarkenton will work his way into the conversation. Here is a list of the Vikings' all-time Top 10 in passing yards:

Fran Tarkenton (33,098)-Fran Tarkenton had two stints with the Vikings, 1961-66 and 1972-78, sandwiched around a few years with the Giants. Tarkenton was very consistent and won 91 games as the starter in Minnesota. He also ranks first in team history by a mile with 33,098 passing yards. Tarkenton had a career high 3468 passing yards in 1978, but his best season in Minnesota was 1975, when he threw for 2994 yards with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Tommy Kramer (24,775)-Tommy Kramer took over for Tarkenton and started 110 games between 1977 and 1989 for Minnesota. He ranks second in franchise history with 24,775 passing yards, and had his career high in 1981 with 3912 yards. But Kramer's best overall season was 1986 when he went to the Pro Bowl with these numbers: 3000 yards, 24 TD passes and just 10 picks.

Daunte Culpepper (20,162)-Daunte Culpepper was one of the premier QBs in the NFL before injuries and a boat incident (not injury related) forced his ouster from the team. But Culpepper, who played in Minnesota from 2000 to 2005, ranks third in Vikings history with 20,162 passing yards. His best season on the team was 2004, which was also one of the best seasons for any quarterback in history-4717 yards, 39 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, with a 69.2% completion percentage. Culpepper even added 406 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing.

Wade Wilson (12,135)-Journeyman Wade Wilson began his career in Minnesota and played for the Vikings from 1981 to 1991. Wilson ranks fourth in team history with 12,135 passing yards. His best season in a Vikes' uniform was his Pro Bowl year of 1988-despite starting just 10 games, Wilson threw for a career high 2746 yards with 15 touchdowns (also career best) and 9 picks.

Brad Johnson (11,098)-Brad Johnson had two stints with the Vikings-1994-98 and 2005-06. Despite just 46 starts over those years with the Vikes, Johnson ranks fifth in their history with 11,098 passing yards. His best season in Minnesota was 1997, when Johnson threw for 3036 yards with 20 TD passes and 12 interceptions.

Warren Moon (10,102)-Warren Moon put up huge numbers just about everywhere he played, and Minnesota was no exception. Moon played for the Vikings from 1994 to 1996 and ranks sixth in franchise history with 10,102 passing yards. His best season for the Vikings was 1995, when he passed for 4228 yards with 33 touchdowns (tied career high) and 14 interceptions.

Rich Gannon (6457)-Rich Gannon began his career in Minnesota, where he played from 1987 to 1992. Gannon ranks seventh in Vikings history with 6457 passing yards and his best season there was 1990. That year, despite 16 picks, Gannon threw for 2278 yards and 16 touchdown passes.

Randall Cunningham (5680)-Randall Cunningham played for a long time in Philadelphia, but he played for the Vikings from 1995 to 1999 and led them to the NFC title game in 1998. Cunningham ranks eighth in Vikings history with 5680 passing yards and maybe had his best season in a Minnesota uniform. That was 1998, when he made the Pro Bowl by passing for 3704 yards with 34 touchdowns (career high) and just 10 interceptions.

Joe Kapp (4807)-Joe Kapp played for the Vikings from 1967 to 1969 and ranks ninth in their history with 4807 passing yards. Kapp had his best season in Minnesota in 1969, when he went to the Pro Bowl by passing for career highs in yards (1726) and TD passes (19) with 13 picks.

Steve Dils (3867)-Steve Dils was mostly a backup QB for the Vikings from 1979 to 1984 but ranks tenth in team history with 3867 passing yards. He started 12 games in 1983 and despite 16 interceptions, Dils had career highs in yards (2840) and touchdown passes (11) that season.


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