Minnesota Vikings’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Minnesota Vikings have been an NFL franchise since 1961, and while they have reached the Super Bowl four times, the team has never won it all. They have always boasted good defenses, especially in the Purple People Eater years of the ‘70’s. And while sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982, here is a short list of the Vikings’ all-time leaders to date in sacks:
John Randle (114)—Defensive lineman John Randle played for the Vikings most of his career, from 1990 to 2000, and he ranks first in the team’s history with a whopping 114 sacks. Randle had his best season in 1997, when led the NFL in sacks with a career high 15.5, and added 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 47 tackles and 11 assists. That year, Randle was a first team All Pro, the fifth of six straight years he achieved that designation.
Chris Doleman (96.5)—Chris Doleman played most of his career for Minnesota, from 1985 to 1993, and again in 1999. Doleman ranks second in franchise history with 96.5 sacks, and his best season was with the Vikings in 1989. That year, Doleman had a career high and NFL-leading 21 sacks, with 5 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries and 94 tackles.
Henry Thomas (56)—Defensive tackle Henry Thomas played for the Vikings from 1987 to 1994, and he ranks third in team history with 56 sacks. Thomas had a career high 10.5 sacks with the Lions in 1995, and his best mark with the Vikings was 9 sacks in 1989 and in 1993. But Thomas’ best overall season was arguably 1990 with the Vikings. That year, he had 8.5 sacks, with a career high 109 tackles.
Keith Millard (53)—Defensive lineman Keith Millard played for the Vikings from 1985 to 1990, and he ranks fourth in the team’s history with 53 sacks. Millard had his best season in 1989, when he was a first team All Pro with these gaudy numbers—career high 18 sacks, an interception return for 48 yards, and a fumble recovery returned 31 yards for his only career touchdown,
Doug Martin (50.5)—Defensive lineman Doug Martin played for Minnesota his entire career, from 1980 to 1989. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 50.5 sacks, and his best overall season was 1982, the strike shortened year, when he led the NFL with 11.5 sacks. Martin’s career high was 13 sacks in 1983, but that was in a full 16 game season.