You’d be hard-pressed to find a guy who enjoyed playing against the Green Bay Packers more than former Vikings DT John Randle. It’s appropriate, then, with the Packers in town this weekend, that Randle will receive his Hall of Fame Ring at halftime of this weekend’s Vikings-Packers game.
Randle was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past August and on Sunday Tom Schervis, Vice Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, will present #93 with his Hall of Fame Ring. A cool part of the halftime ceremony will be the placement of Randle’s Hall of Fame bust at midfield during the presentation.
The bust is currently at Winter Park and we snapped a photo of it for vikings.com readers to see. Check it out…
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. He was a fixture in the Vikings organization for 11 seasons (1990-2000).
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.
Randle was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor on November 30, 2008 and was also elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Here are some more links from vikings.com that relate to Randle:
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The Vikings and Packers have released their Wednesday injury reports. Let’s get down to the details…
For the Vikings:
Did Not Participate: WR Bernard Berrian (groin) and S Eric Frampton
Limited: QB Brett Favre (ankle/foot), WR Percy Harvin (ankle), RG Anthony Herrera (elbow) and C John Sullivan (calf)
Full: CB Asher Allen (concussion), CB Chris Cook (knee) and S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring)
For the Packers:
Limited: T Chad Clifton (knee), WR Donald Driver (quadricep), LB Clay Matthews (shin), DT/NT Ryan Pickett (ankle), TE Andrew Quarless (shoulder) and CB Charles Woodson (toe)
Full: LB Brandon Chillar (shoulder) and CB Pat Lee (ankle)
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VIKINGS – PACKERS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings QB Brett Favre played 16 years (1992-2007) of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He led the Packers to the playoff s in 11 of those seasons including who appearances in the Super Bowl and one Super Bowl victory. He has a 9-time Pro Bowler and three-time league MVP with the Packers.
- Vikings K Ryan Longwell played for Green Bay for 9 seasons (1997-2005) before coming to Minnesota and is the Packers’ career scoring leader with 1,054 points.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell got his first coaching job with Green Bay and was on the Packers’ staff for 6 seasons (2000-05).
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress coached at the University of Wisconsin as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, and running backs coach from 1991-98. During his tenure the Badgers played in five bowl games, highlighted by Rose Bowl wins over UCLA in 1994 and 1998.
- Vikings asst. offensive line coach Jim Hueber and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin.
- Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin, where he helped guide the team to a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA in 1994.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (2005-06) played for the New York Giants with Packers RB Ryan Grant and Packers WR coach Jimmy Robinson was the Giants WR coach in Shiancoe’s rookie season with the team in 2003.
- Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Chiefs when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was on Kansas City’s staff .
- Vikings TEs coach Jimmie Johnson played in Philadelphia while Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac held the same position for the Eagles.
- Trgovac also coached at the U.S. Naval Academy with Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers in 1989.
- Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac coached in Oakland when Packers CB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders.
- Vikings S Madieu Williams and Packers assistant OL coach Jerry Fontenot were teammates in Cincinnati in 2004, when Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was the Bengals defensive coordinator.
- Vikings DT Pat Williams played his final year in Buffalo with Packers QB coach Tom Clements serving as the team’s offensive coordinator.
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The “Setting The Table For [opponent's name]” blog entry typically sets up the Vikings upcoming matchup by breaking down a bunch of important statistics and trends related to said opponent. We typically break down both the offense and defense and we even talk about special teams angles.
That’s not how it’s going to be this week, though. As I mentioned to Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen today during his 9-noon show on KFAN, which is being broadcast as part of Winter Park Wednesday right here at Sports Authority Studios, analyzing this game is not about trends, statistics and personnel matchups.
Rather, this week is about the Vikings backs being up against the wall and needing to bite, crawl and scratch their way to a victory against a division rival at Mall of America Field. The Vikings are 17-3 at home in their last 20 games and they’ve won 3 of the last 4 contests against Green Bay. A victory this weekend is crucial for the Vikings to keep hope alive for the 2010 season and I’m confident the squad will put its best foot forward.
Keep in mind, Green Bay is 6-3 this season and they’re playing well despite tons of injuries to key players. Head coach Mike McCarthy has guided his team to 13 wins in the last 17 regular season games – they went 7-1 in their last 8 games last year to earn a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. So Green Bay comes in hot this weekend and the Vikings have an opportunity to cool them down and start to get back in the NFC North race.
A key for the Vikings this week will be the injury report. Here’s who I’ll have my eye on and why…
WR Percy Harvin – He leads the NFL in all-purpose yards with 1,443 and he leads the Vikings in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs.
CB Asher Allen, S Eric Frampton and S Jamarca Sanford – These guys are affiliated with the defense, but their more important roles may be on special teams. All 3 players are core special teamers and all 3 could be on this week’s injury report.
WR Sidney Rice – Even if he plays, I’m unsure of what his impact will be in his first game back. But, there’s a chance it’s a great impact and there’s no doubt he would command respect from the Green Bay defense.
WR Bernard Berrian – Speedy WR had a great game the last time he played (against Arizona). If Rice doesn’t go, his inclusion in the lineup is important. We saw how the pass offense looked last week with no Berrian or Rice.
C John Sullivan – Last but not least is Sullivan. There’s no question to me that the offensive line is at its best when Sullivan is in the lineup, and the Vikings lost him early last week. Jon Cooper played well in Sullivan’s place, but it’s nice to have the starter in the middle.
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It was S Husain Abdullah (2 INTs) and DE Jared Allen (1.0 sack) who made splash plays for the Vikings defense last week in Chicago. Both players have been solid in their roles for the Vikings – Abdullah is holding down a starting spot for the first time in his career and Allen has 3.5 sacks in the last 2 games – but there is no defender who has been more consistent this season than LB Chad Greenway.
Greenway collected 12 tackles – 2 of which came for a loss – against the Bears and the 5th-year LB now has 93 stops and 9 tackles for a loss. Greenway has finished 1st or 2nd in tackles in every game for the Vikings this season and he’s also registered 1.0 sack and 1 forced fumble on the season.
Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said a couple weeks back that Greenway was playing at a Pro Bowl level. I have no doubt that Frazier would say the same thing today. The key for Greenway, though, is splash plays, such as the plays made by Abdullah and Allen against the Bears last week. If Greenway can tally more sacks and/or get mits on fumbles and INTs, he’ll generate more league-wide buzz and his chances for a Pro Bowl berth will increase.
Another key to Greenway getting that 1st Pro Bowl berth is you, the fans. Fan voting for the Pro Bowl is open and you can cast your ballots for Greenway and other deserving Vikings by clicking here.
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A few weeks ago our buddy and Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen debuted what we refer to as “Winter Park Wednesdays,” a bit where he broadcasts his weekday 9-noon show on Am 1130 KFAN right from Sports Authority Studios at Winter Park on Wednesdays.
The experiment was a hit previously, so it’s happening again today and should be a ton of fun.
I join PA every Wednesday at 9:20 to talk Vikings football and I’ll be doing the same today, so tune in to KFAN around that time and join the conversation. Also, vikings.com’s very own Ryan Cardinal will be on right after me for extended Vikings talk and then some deep Gopher hockey analysis as well.
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