Vikings fans quickly got used to seeing QB Brett Favre in a purple jersey during the 2009 season. But for 16 years Favre was the QB for Green Bay, and in those 16 seasons the rivalry between the Vikings and Packers continuously grew.
While Favre was certainly a major factor in the growth of that rivalry, new Hall of Famer John Randle was, too. The Vikings-Packers rivalry grew and it was largely a function of the rivalry that developed between Favre and Randle.
Numerous times throughout the 2009 season, Favre mentioned to reporters that it was nice to be on the good side of the fans inside Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome because for so many years he was forced to battle not only the Vikings defense but also a decided home-field advantage in Minnesota.
In commenting on Randle’s election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame today, Favre mentioned the rivalry that developed between him and Randle and also the role that Randle played in making Minnesota such a tough place to play.
“I’m happy for John and all the guys who earned a spot in Canton today,” Favre said. “They’re all deserving of the honor and should be remembered among the all-time greats to play the game. John and I had a lot of great battles over the years and I always respected him and considered him one of the most intense players we faced. He was nearly unblockable and he was a big part of what made playing at Minnesota so tough.”
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Longtime and pioneering NFL scout Gil Brandt is a great football mind. Perhaps he’s not the household name he should be, considering his accomplishments and credentials in the NFL, but his opinion is respected by those inside the game and by those who know the history of the NFL.
Among his many affiliations is NFL.com. He writes for the league’s official website, often times breaking down important matchups in NFL games. Right now he’s of course looking forward to Super Bowl XLIV, but he took time out of his day to speak with our Vikings public relations buddy Tom West.
“John Randle is probably the most underrated player in the Hall of Fame finalists this year and one of the most underrated in NFL history,” Brandt told Tom. “His quickness was just unbelievable. We always had a really hard time blocking him. He’s probably not as well known as some of the names up there this year, but he deserves it as much or more than any of them based on where he came from to get where he did.”
Amazingly, Randle registered 137.5 sacks during his 14-year career, more than any other DT in NFL history. He was a 7-time Pro Bowler and 6-time All-Pro selection, and was also named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Teams.
More amazing than any of that, though, is that he accomplished all of that after going undrafted out of college.
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Just one year after his teammate Randall McDaniel was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former Vikings DT John Randle will also enter football immortality. It was announced in South Florida on Saturday afternoon that Randle will join 6 others as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
Randle, who went undrafted, is one of the best interior defensive linemen of all-time and the honor is more than well-deserved for #93. He was with the Vikings for 11 seasons (1990-2000) and spent 14 total seasons in the NFL.
A 7-time Pro Bowler and 6-time All-Pro selection, Randle finished his career with 137.5 sacks, the most by a DT in NFL history and tied with Richard Dent for 5th all-time. He started 150 of the 176 games he played in Minnesota, recorded 114.0 sacks as a Viking (3rd in franchise history) and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
Aside from outstanding production, Randle also was known for his leadership and fiery passion for the game. From players who lined up against him to teammates who lined up with him, Randle was a popular player known for his boisterous and outgoing personality. He was an NFL Films favorite, often captured on camera for his bizarre dialogue during and after plays as well as his mask of eye black.
The other 6 members of the 2010 class are: G Russ Grimm, LB Rickey Jackson, CB and current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, RB Floyd Little, WR Jerry Rice and RB Emmitt Smith.
Be sure to stay tuned to vikings.com for more coverage and information surrounding Randle’s election. The Pro Football HOF Class of 2010 will be enshrined in August.
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