The preliminary list of 2005 Hall of Fame nominees was released Thursday and four former Vikings are among the finalists — two who spent much of their careers with the Vikings and two who had their salad days with other teams.
The four players are linebacker Matt Blair, offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman and running backs Herschel Walker and Roger Craig.
Jim Marshall, who is no longer eligible under the 20-year exemption, will have to be voted on by the seniors committee.
In the past there have been campaigning efforts to get former Vikings into the Hall, successfully helping both Ron Yary and Carl Eller receive their long-overdue inductions.
* Sunday's game will feature the NFL's two oldest players, most prolific scorers and the two players that have played in the most NFL games when Gary Anderson returns to Minnesota to play opposite Morten Andersen. The last time these two were together in the Metrodome was in the 1998 NFC Championship Game — a subject many Vikings fans still don't like to discuss.
* Randy Moss continues to progress, but his role (if any) for Sunday hasn't been defined. He was restricted to working out on an underwater treadmill much of Thursday.
* The Vikings have 27 pass plays of 20 yards or more through their first five games.
* Daunte Culpepper and Steve McNair are two of three college quarterbacks in NCAA Division I history with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. The other? Doug Nussmeier — a household name by anyone's standards.
Four Former Vikes Nominated For Hall of Fame
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