John Randle is a Hall of Famer now, but he was far from that status when he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1990. With a love for the game and work ethic rarely seen, Randle transformed himself from an undersized longshot to perhaps the best pass-rushing DT in NFL history.
But Randle would be the first person to tell you it took more than just a passion for the game and hard work. He would also credit his development and progression to excellent coaching, which is why he’s chosen former Vikings DL coach John Teerlinck as his presenter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2010 enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio this August.
Randle was with the Vikings from 1990-2000 and Teerlinck was his position coach from 1992-1994, pivotal years in the young career of Randle and years that eventually proved to be building blocks to what was a Hall of Fame career.
“I’ve been an assistant coach for 22 years,” remarked Teerlinck, now with the Indianapolis Colts. “I’ve coached in 31 playoff games, six championships, and four Super Bowls. This tops them all. This is the biggest honor for an assistant coach.”
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