Minnesota Vikings: Looking Back at The Legendary Purple People Eaters

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Published: April 24, 2009


... 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 four legendary Purple People Eaters, two are in the Hall of Fame. Those two being Carl Eller who was inducted in 2004 and Alan Page in 1988.

The year 1975 was a historic one for the NFL. It was the first time ever that a team led the league in total defense, pass defense, and rush defense. Only one other team, the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles have accomplished that fea...

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