Congratulations to former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman on his recent election into the NFL Hall of Fame. However, there's another Viking end who deserved to be enshrined in Canton before Doleman - and before John Randle as well, who was another great defensive lineman for the Vikings in the 1990's.
Jim Marshall manned right defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings from 1961 through 1979, starting 270 consecutive games, plus 19 post-season games. A two time Pro Bowl selection, Marshall was a member of the Vikings' Purple People Eaters, the front four that led a dominant defense from 1968-1977. Two of the group's players, Alan Page and Carl Eller, are already in the Hall of Fame. Marshall is the Vikings' record holder in fumble recoveries with 29. He is second in team history with 127 quarterback sacks, and fourth in tackles for loss with 74.
The Vikings went to four Super Bowls during Marshall's career. How many Super Bowls did the Vikings reach during Doleman's ten years with the team? Zero.
It's way past time to stop holding the Vikings' Super Bowl losses against great players like Marshall. He had an outstanding career and contributed to winning teams. Based on his accomplishments he deserves to be a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Wake up, voters!