Daunte Culpepper’s Fall from Grace

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Published: March 17, 2009


... gone 10-6 that year. By most standards, that wasn't too bad but they were coming off a 15-1 season where they missed the Super Bowl by a field goal.

So by all accounts, with the nucleus of that team still intact, they should have gone even further.

That wasn't exactly the case.

Randall Cunningham, their star quarterback the previous season, couldn't manage to stay productive. The once mighty Vikings found themselves trapped in a 2-4 start.

Fortunately, the troubled veteran Jeff George put together the greatest season of his career to raise the Vikings to an 8-2 record and a playoff berth. A win over the Dallas Cowboys in the Wildcard round was good, but a wild shootout loss to the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional round marked the end of a disappointing season.

And in came Green's problem. Cunningham ended up with Dallas, and Jeff George was allowed to be released. So only one option remained on the Vikings roster.

Daunte Culpepper.


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