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Minnesota Vikings: Looking Back at The Legendary Purple People Eaters

Published by on April 24, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Ask any Vikings' fan who their favorite Vikings' player of all time is and more than likely, they'll choose any player from the most dominating defensive lines the NFL has ever seen: Jim Marshall, Carl Eller, Alan Page, and probably less likely, Gary Larsen.

What did all these players have in common?

They are the only defensive line to have all four starters go to the Pro Bowl in the same year! That year happened to be 1969.

What made them so dominant? The fact that over their careers, the Vikings credit them with over 447.5 sacks is a good indicator.

All time greats like Johny Unitas and Bart Starr called those Purple People Eaters the best pass rushers they'd ever seen.

Of the fo...

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