Nelson makes College Football Hall of Fame

Darrin Nelson initially didn't want to come to Minnesota after a career at Stanford that now has him going into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Former Vikings running back Darrin Nelson has reached some rarified air, being inducted into the 2014 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.

While not as visible as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the names in the CFHF are just as prestigious as any class that goes into Canton.

Nelson, the seventh overall pick in the 1982 draft, made initial headlines by saying he didn't care for Minnesota because, as far as he knew, there weren't enough discos – a big thing at the time.

But there is little doubt about his college credentials at Stanford. He was a multi-purpose running back/receiver who gave the Vikings a replacement for Chuck Foreman, who revolutionized the multi-purpose featured back in the NFL.

Nelson was one of 16 members inducted into the Class of 2014, a list that includes NFL standouts LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), Derrick Thomas (Alabama), Willie Roaf (Louisiana Tech), Tony Boselli (USC), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina), Wesley Walls (Ole Miss), Shane Conlan (Penn State), Dave Butz (Purdue) and Dre Bly (North Carolina).

While Adrian Peterson has singlehandedly rewritten the Vikings record books in terms of all established rushing records, Nelson was a player who represented the Vikings running game in the early Metrodome era and his inclusion in the College Football Hall of Fame is one that Vikings fans salute – an acknowledgement of what he accomplished and why the Vikings made him the seventh pick in the 1992 draft.


John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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