Remembering Past Minnesota Vikings: Robert Smith


Published: March 13, 2009


... an early precursor to today's West Coast Offense.

Today, fans are used to seeing flashy runs and amazing plays from Adrian Peterson. Peterson is no doubt the finest running back the Vikings have ever had, and he will smash franchise records if he continues to play healthy.

However, he is still a few seasons away from getting the Vikings' franchise career rushing yards record. Who currently holds that record? Robert Smith.

Smith was the face of the Viking's backfield in the late 90s, and after having his finest season in 2000, retired suddenly, putting a huge hole in the Vikings' backfield that was not filled until drafting Peterson in 2007.

Smith didn't need flashy moves or jukes to get yardage. He was a power back, and his rushing ability was simple, but very effective.

Early in his career, he was labeled a "bust" after being picked 21st overall in the 1993 draft. He battled injuries and fought for starting time during his first four years o...

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