10 Athletes Who Would Have Made Excellent Vikings

Greg Olsen


Dude just looks like his name should be Leif.

[Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports]

James Harden


No one has a more intimidating scruff, and God knows the NBA encourages travelling.

[Andrew Richardson/USA Today Sports]

Brett Keisel


The unquestioned captain of the ship and haunter of dreams the world over.

[Benny Sieu/USA Today Sports]

Ronda Rousey


She’s lean, she’s mean, she’s tough and would do anything to protect her family. She could kick some serious ass in any era and look damn fine doing it. In fact, let’s get her a guest spot on HISTORY’s Vikings ASAP.

[Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports]

Todd Herremens


This one is a no-brainer. An avid fan of the show, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle reported to training camp last year with a Vikings-inspired haircut. That’s extreme dedication and a sign he takes his history seriously.

[Howard Smith/USA Today Sports]

J.R. Smith


With his heavily inked body, he’d fit right in. He’s fearless on the court and would be fearless in battle. And despite what you may think, there’s plenty of real estate on his body for new art commemorating new conquests.

[Rob Foldy/USA Today Sports]

Mike Napoli 


Could party the rest of his mates under the table and still be ready for action.

[Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports]

Brian Wilson


No one could make a long sea voyage zip by like the ever-entertaining fireballer.

[Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports]

Chase Budinger


It’s a real shame he doesn’t let that flesh-colored beard grow out. The world is suffering.

[Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports]

Scott Hartnell


Could be perhaps the toughest of a tough lot. And a cool dude to boot.

[Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports]

Jayson Werth


One could argue he’s already done more looting than anyone in the history of human existence.

[Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports]

Adrian Peterson


Get it?

[Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports]

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