25 best Offensive Rookie of the Year winners ranked by playing career

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25 best Offensive Rookie of the Year winners ranked by playing career: 17. Chuck Foreman – Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings had this run of greatness in the 70s that isn’t talked about that much. They didn’t win the Super Bowl, but they went to three, and we don’t have the same affinity for that stretch run as we do for the late 80s Buffalo Bills. Either way, it was a great run that was led by a running back by the name of Chuck Foreman. Like the Vikings run, Foreman’s dominance was here and gone before we knew it.

Foreman played seven years with the Vikings, and he made the All-Pro team four times. He was on the first team, naming him the best running back in the NFL, two times. He got second place the other two times. He had three straight 1,000 yard seasons, and he was built like Marshall Faulk before it was popular for players to catch the ball out of the backfield.

He led the league in rushing and receiving touchdowns combined twice, and that doesn’t include the one ridiculous season where he combined for 22. He was someone who would have been a lock for the Hall of Fame if he played now. His skill set was so unique in the NFL, analysts didn’t know how to judge him. However, Vikings fans knew. He is in every Ring of Honor possible for the men in purple.

His play in the playoffs was stupendous. He had 45 receptions in 13 playoff games. That is on top of 860 yards and seven touchdowns. It’s basically another Pro Bowl season, except this time against the best teams in the league.