2000: Daunte Culpepper (BEST)
Why he’s here: The Vikings made a smart decision by not forcing Culpepper onto the field as a rookie. The 2000 season was his second in the league and first as a starter, and the year on the sidelines paid big dividends. He took the league by storm, showing off not only incredible arm strength but the ability to use his legs, rushing for 470 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to his nearly 4,000 yards passing. At that time, we were still getting used to quarterbacks whom were genuine threats running the ball, so Culpepper’s success with his legs was a big deal.
Team Success: Behind Culpepper, the Vikings finished 11-5. They started fast, winning their first seven games before struggling a little the second half of the season. However, Minnesota ended up in the NFC Championship Game that year, ultimately bowing out to the Giants.
By the Numbers: Completed 297 of 474 passes (62.7%) for 3,937 yards with 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.