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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