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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