The last Vikings player to score four touchdowns in a single game was Ahmad Rashad, who scored four TDs in 1979 against the San Francisco 49ers. Rashad has become a familiar figure in the modern sports world due to his role primarily as a basketball sportscaster, however, many fans were unaware of his NFL pedigree.
Non-Vikings fans, Skol Nation members and even NBA stars were shocked to see Ahmad Rashad’s record listed next to Cook’s, spurring a social media outburst.
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NBAers & Fan Reactions to Rashad
Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell tweeted that he didn’t know Rashad played football, which went viral and spread the news to several other NBA stars, including his teammate Jordan Clarkson.
Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield replied to Mitchell’s tweet, “Facts bro” with a laughing emoji.
Rashad responded to Mitchell’s tweet with a light-hearted “Seriously? Come on, man!”
Fans shared similar reactions to the resurfacing of Rashad’s professional football career which included four Pro Bowl seasons with the Vikings from 1978 to 1981. He also helped the Vikings reach the Super Bowl in 1976.
It goes without saying that Rashad deserves a little recognition for his career both as a broadcaster and as a professional athlete.
Rashad & Chuck Foreman Reflect on Cook’s Performance
Before Rashad and Cook’s four-touchdown games, running back Chuck Foreman was the only Vikings player to reach the end zone four times in a game — a feat he completed in 1975 against the Buffalo Bills.
Rashad told the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson that he got roughly 50 phone calls and texts after Cook’s fourth TD.
“Records are made to be broken, or tied, and that’s pretty nice that Dalvin did it,” Rashad said. “He had a great game. That kid can play. He’s so explosive. I see a little bit of Walter Payton in him. When he gets somebody coming at him, he delivers the blow.”
Foreman, who led the Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances in 1974, 1975 and 1977, has become familiar with Cook since he was drafted in 2017.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best back in the game,” Foreman said. “I think he’s the most skilled at his position. If anybody tied the record, I’m glad Dalvin did it. He’s a heck of a player and a nice young man.”
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Trevor Squire is a Heavy contributor covering the Minnesota Vikings and journalism graduate from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. Connect with him on Twitter @trevordsquire and join our Vikings community at Heavy on Vikings on Facebook.