9. Paul Krause
To someone who was not born until after Paul Krause had retired, he seems like a man who does not always get the respect he deserves. For starters, he had to wait several years to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite being the NFL’s career leader in interceptions (a record he still holds to this day). When the 1970’s Vikings are brought up, the lineman that made up the Purple People Eaters generally come up first.
Still, Krause snagged a large number of accolades to go along with his record number of interceptions. He was a nine time All Pro, an eight time Pro Bowler and was one of 11 Vikings to play in all four Super Bowl appearances. Before Harrison Smith, Krause was another 22 in purple who played a mean safety.