Two Vikings to Consider for Hall of Fame

The 2008 Hall of Fame game showcased a couple of inductees whose former team was playing in the first preseason game. Might that be the case again next year, with the Vikings being a focus?

Could the Vikings be stuck with five preseason games next year?

That is a distinct possibility if the NFL selects the opponents for the 2009 Hall of Fame Game along the same lines that it did for this year's game in which the Redskins defeated the Colts 30-16 last night in Canton, Ohio.

The backdrop to the game is always the Hall of Fame induction and this year two former Redskins – cornerback Darrell Green and wide receiver Art Monk – were among this year's induction class. Next year, that list could include former Vikings Cris Carter and Randall McDaniel, which could make the Vikings a natural to play in the preseason opener much in the same way the Redskins were selected for this year's matchup.

In a piece on NFL Network Saturday, players, coaches and media types were asked to name the top players who should be in the Hall of Fame that aren't. Carter finished No. 3 on that list and many of those who were used in the report responded by saying that Carter not being voted in on his first year of eligibility was a travesty and if he isn't voted in next year, there should be an investigation. The piece threw a little light on the political nature of the selection process among the media types who vote on the Hall of Fame inductions. The sentiment was that before Carter could go in, Monk had to "be taken care of" after years of waiting. While that may seem ludicrous, it isn't beyond the realm of reasonable possibility.

The same could be true with McDaniel. A dominant guard his entire career, McDaniel was selected to an unprecedented 12 Pro Bowls – a feat that is virtually impossible to be broken. His ability to play at the top level of the league at his position isn't lost on fans that see such accolades as the calling card for Hall of Fame induction. If the only measuring stick used was acknowledgement from his peers that he was the best of his era, McDaniel should have been a unanimous choice last year, but former Viking Gary Zimmerman, much like Monk, had waited his turn and was rewarded in 2008. It should be McDaniel's turn next year.

If Carter and McDaniel are both given their rightful places in the Hall of Fame, it would be a natural for the Vikings to be on the marquee for the Hall of Fame game. With a roster dotted with current superstars and potential future Hall of Famers like Adrian Peterson, Darren Sharper, Matt Birk, Steve Hutchinson and Jared Allen, it would seem to be a matchup that could tie the Vikings past with the Vikings present and future – all the while giving the NFL a storyline to showcase the first preseason game of the year.


  • The 2009 class in the Hall of Fame will have some new blood to choose from. Among those eligible for enshrinement next year for the first time will include Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson and John Randle.

  • The Brett Favre saga continues as he is in Green Bay to report to the Packers training camp. The team has to reinstate or release Favre today after he takes a physical and goes through a conditioning test. The Packers have claimed to be 100 percent behind Aaron Rodgers and may not be as overjoyed about Favre's return as their fans clearly are. The last thing the Packers need is a division in the locker room and a quarterback controversy is the easiest way to do it. After drafting two quarterbacks in April, it is clear that the team won't keep four quarterbacks on the roster. If Favre stays, not only will a player have to be released later today if he re-joins the Packers roster, another will have to go after at the final cut-down barring injuries.

  • Rodgers didn't help his own cause over the weekend at the Packers' Fan Fest scrimmage, completing just seven of 20 passes for 84 yards and an interception.

  • There is word that the Buccaneers may still be in the hunt to try to lock down Favre.

  • Former Viking Randy Moss came up lame during Patriots practice on Sunday. It isn't believed to be serious, but Moss is expected to be scaled back somewhat in practice.

  • It appears as though Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith will make his 2009 debut against the Vikings in Week 3 of the regular season. The Panthers announced this weekend that Smith will be suspended without pay for a training camp fight with teammate Ken Lucas in which he broke Lucas' nose.

  • Although he isn't having a strong training camp and continues to have problems with dropping passes, Troy Williamson is expected to make the Jaguars roster thanks in large part to injuries to the other top WR contenders.

  • Whether it was meant to soothe Packers fans or not, a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel over the weekend reported that a scout who saw the Vikings-Chiefs scrimmage said that Tarvaris Jackson was sharp in his passing.

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