The History of the Famous Purple People Eaters

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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