The History of the Famous Purple People Eaters

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By: KaSandra Hunt | Football Fan Rush Media
July 2, 2014 3:00PM CST

While this title will have many singing, “One eye, one horn, flying purple people eater” we aren’t exactly talking about that type of beast in the read. We are throwing attention to one of the most famous and strongest defensive front four in the history of the NFL.

Purple People Eaters or at time referred to as the Purple Gang, is a term for the defensive front four of the Minnesota Vikings from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. Yes it is a reference to a popular song from 1958, the color of the uniforms and the productivity of the defense. Those who watched this defensive front come alive every game always remembered their famous motto, “Meet at the quarterback.”

The defensive line was made of the following key players:
• Defensive tackle Alan Page, 9 Pro Bowl Selections (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976), NFL MVP (1971), Hall of Fame
• Defensive end Carl Eller, 6 Pro Bowl Selections (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974) Hall of Fame
• Defensive end Jim Marshall, 2 Pro Bowl Selections (1968, 1969)
• Defensive tackle Gary Larsen, 2 Pro Bowl Selections (1969, 1970)

We are pretty sure most Grandparents and Parents remember their beast like play vividly while watching them give fits to all opponents they were up against. Despite not winning a Super Bowl in any of their 4 trips (Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI), the Vikings’ defense is considered arguably among the greatest defense of all time.

Hopefully, the Vikings current line-up can not only get them back to the big game appearance number 5 pretty soon and finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy (wishful thinking). Now pardon us while we play the “Purple People Eaters Song”. http://youtu.be/Rx47qrH1GRs

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Photo Credits: NFL Films and VikingsUpdate.com

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The History of SKOL… The Vikings Battle Cry

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Since its Vikings week we have decided to mix a bit of history’s past with the present.  One of the biggest questions many have asked…… what in the heck does SKOL mean?  Ah, we shall tell you, it’s interesting and you’ll know one more thing than you did yesterday.

While for many years the story of SKOL coming from the Vikings savagely beheading the kings of opponents conquered in battle. The myth said once the kings were decapitated, the Vikings drank from their skulls like a “BOWL”.  Supposedly, SKOL (which sounds very much like Bowl) was the battle cry shouted to enrage fellow Vikings in battle to victory.

Whelp, not only is that a bit disturbing, it’s also said to be a myth.

SKOL is said to mean nothing more than a word for “cheers,” or “good health,” a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group. Unless you are a die-hard Vikings fan, then it means kick some opponent patooty for the win.

So whether you choose to believe the mythical answer (which I am a fan of) or Wikipedia’s version, just know you’ll NEVER watch the Minnesota Vikings do battle without the roaring cheers of SKOLLLLLL.

So SKOL everyone, unless you’re not fond of SKOL beer, but then that’s a totally different blog though.

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SO THE HEADLINES ARE REPORTING A POSSIBLE RETURN FOR BRIAN URLACHER AND JONATHAN VILMA….HUMMMMMM

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With Dallas Cowboys Sean Lee’s before season-season ending injury, The Cowboys are hitting the phones hard to find a viable replacement. Many, like myself, expected to hear a few names from the undrafted rookie pool, but instead the two names that surfaced were  former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher and former New Orleans Saint Jonathon Vilma.

Funny, they have been out the league for a little over a year and many are treating the mention of their names like they are throwbacks from the early 90′s.

At age 36 and plagued with the injury bug at the end of his his career, I could see why the sideways doggie look when hearing Urlacher’s name shouldn’t be a shocker.  I mean one would have to assume he is probably not in football shape. Oh and ummmk have anyone even called to man to see if he even wanted to plant a few guys on the turf again?

Here’s how this all got started. Urlacher and Vilma were simply a few names thrown aroubnd in an internal team meeting to fill Kee’s shoes.  a recent Twitter posting by ESPN’s Ed Werder from a team source  stated, ” Cowboys have internally discussed Brian Urlacher & Jonathan Vilma, taoed watched and evaluated. Team source on how much interest: “Not Much.”  There you have it, but hey made for a great way to shake up the gans and sports media wires.

From my point of view, I believe the team is looking for fill Sean Lee’s shoes with the style of play Vilma and Urlacher displayed on the field.  That tenacity, hunger, drive, results and passion they showed only with a birth year between 1990 – 1993.

We will keep you posted of ongoing updates on this story.

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COULD LESEAN MCCOY DETHRONE AP AS THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE NFL?

COULD LESEAN MCCOY DETHRONE AP AS THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE NFL?.

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COULD LESEAN MCCOY DETHRONE AP AS THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE NFL?

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Can McCoy dethrone Peteson as the NFL’s top Running Back?

 
By: KaSandra Hunt | Football Fan Rush Media  | May 21, 2014 10:40 AM CT

Philadelphia Eagles star Running Back LeSean McCoy is definitely not one to be slept on! He shot out the gate in 2009 he has truly made it to the head of the Running Back class. Fans really took notice McCoy’s 2011 season when he blazed for 1,309 yards and racked up 17 touch downs. The Eagles and their fans knew this guy was the truth.

Since his stellar 2011 season, he has stayed ahead of the class and is a force at the RB position, but is he honestly ready to dethrone Minnesota Vikings star Running Back “Mr. All Day” Adrian Peterson?

In a recent live interview on ESPN’s First Take Show, LeSean stated that he believes he is the best RB in the NFL today and should get the nod instead of Peterson. McCoy is quoted as saying, “I think AP has been the best back for so long, and he’s been doing it for so long, that’s why he automatically gets the best running back [title].” McCoy went on to say, “But the last three years? I’ve been All-Pro, first-team, twice. I never leave the field.” Might seem like a cheap shot, but he shouldn’t be doubted.

So now let’s take a peek a why so many keep coming for Peterson’s spot.

Since Minnesota Vikings Superstar Running Back Adrian Peterson burst onto pro football turf in 2007, he has been unbelievable and almost unstoppable. This workhorse steamrolled through defenses and for those that wouldn’t give up, it seemed he just carried them on his back while charging toward a first down or even the end zone. He quickly became the Vikings go-to guy in just about every offensive situation.

 With the exception of a 2011 season ending surgery, Peterson has had less than 1,266 yards per season. His best season, when it comes to yardage, was 2012. He returned from ACL/MCL surgery and many were sure his better days were behind him. Whelp, he killed that theory and was just shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s current rushing record of 2,105 yards by 27 feet and 9 yards. (Bet Dickerson watched that game on the edge of his seat, and finally exhaled at the end.)

His work ethic and competitive drive is what keeps him Head of the Class as the teachers pet.

Peterson is 4 years older than McCoy and we have seen the bet of the best of players loose a step or two with age and injuries. So far this has not been the case for either, so we have decided to let the fans decide if Peterson will still hold his crown or if McCoy case proves, it’s time to pass the torch.  See the stats for both players and let us know if LeSean is ready and can actually  dethrone All Day.

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ADRIAN PETERSON…WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO..VIKINGS FANS WANT TO KNOW!

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By: KaSandra Hunt | Football Fan Rush Media
      May 12, 2014 11:07 AM

Per St. Paul Pioneer Press Vikings writer Chris Tomasson, more speculation is brewing about the fate of Adrian Peterson’s future as a Minnesota Viking.  Tommasson referenced a Bleacher Report story quoting an unnamed AFC general manager as saying, “My person(al) opinion is this (coming) season will be Peterson’s last with the Vikings. Despite the cap hit, they’ll make some sort of move to get him off the roster.”

Now yes, this is not new news.  Talk of this has been sworming over this past season. Some Vikings fans even passed out when Peterson said he has thought about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas, with the Dallas Cowboys.

This could pan out to be a win – win for both AP  &  the Vikings.

While Peterson while go down in history as one of the most recognizable Minnesota Vikings in history, let’s be honest, this may not be a bad thing for the team or Peterson. 

Next season the team could clear cap room for future players and All Day may get his wish.  Many, like I would love to see him stick it out and open the new stadium, but his legs aren’t getting any younger and the beat dowm this guy takes heading into the Endzone is amazing to watch but will eventually take it’s toll.

There is no backing or truth to the sources as of yet on Peterson’s future in Minne, but don’t be shocked if this is his last season either.

For more on this story, follow @ChrisTomasson on Twitter or simply visit the link below:
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IT APPEARS ANOTHER TEAM WILL GIVE GOOD OLE VINCE YOUNG ANOTHER SHOT….

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Since his days as a Texas Longhorn, we have seen quarterback Vince Young don quite a few uniforms.  His early days with the Titans

started off pretty darn good, and then well not so good. 

 After his days as a Titan, Vince has made a few attempts to return as an NFL QB. He tried with the Eagles, but that really did not work out.  He then headed to the Bills, but was released before he had a chance to prove his worth.  He also was hopeful for a shot with the Packers, heck we all wanted to see this comeback for him.  Then we woke up the next day to find that didn’t work out too well either.

 Still full of football enthusiasm, the two-time NFL Pro Bower and 2006 Rookie of the Year stated, “You don’t want to finish your career like that. You want to finish your dreams you have for yourself. If it doesn’t work out you still had a great shot at it”.

Well the Cleveland Browns still think Vince has little something in the tank left and are giving him another shot to prove it.

 This past week the Browns invited Vince Young in for a team workout and physical.  As of today, the Browns have signed Young along with  QB Tyler Thigpen.

 Not sure why the Browns choose to sign both quarterbacks, but for Young, he snow has another chance to prove he can make an official 53 man team roster.

 For more information and updates on this story, visit the link below:

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