JOHN RANDLE

JOHN RANDLE

Class of 2010
Defensive Tackle >>> 6-1, 278
(Trinity Valley Community College, Texas A&I)
1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks

John Anthony Randle ... Little All-American pick as a senior at Texas A&I ... Signed by Vikings as an undrafted free agent ... Recorded 137.5 career sacks ... Had eight consecutive seasons (1992-99) with 10-plus sacks and a ninth in 2001 ... In 1997 had career best and league leading 15.5 sacks ... Named first-team All-Pro/All-NFC six consecutive years (1993-98) and once All-AFC with Seahawks (2001) ... Named to seven Pro Bowls ... Born December 12, 1967 in Hearne, Texas.

John Randle, a Little All-America from Texas A&I, signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 1990. He played in all 16 games as a rookie before he earned a starting role at defensive tackle in his second season.

Injuries forced him out of the starting lineup for parts of the 1991 and 1992 seasons before embarking on an impressive streak of 176 consecutive games played and 133 straight starts with the Vikings. After joining the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent in 2001, he ran the string to 183 games and 140 starts before a knee injury forced him out of a game.

Randle showed signs of becoming one of the NFL’s most dominant pass rushers during his second NFL season when he recorded 9.5 sacks. The following year he added 11.5 sacks which marked the first of eight straight seasons with double-digit sack totals.

In the 1993 season, Randle registered 12.5 sacks, amassed 59 tackles and forced three fumbles to earn All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl invitation for the first time. It began a string of six straight All-Pro and Pro Bowl seasons for Randle. He improved his sack total again in 1994 with a NFC-high 13.5 sacks. Randle recorded perhaps his finest season in 1997 when he led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and also had a career-high 71 tackles.

His single best performance came against the Green Bay Packers on September 22, 1996 when he had a career-high 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles as the Vikings raced out to a 4-0 start on the season after defeating the Packers, 30-21. Randle was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance and then earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

In all, Randle amassed 137.5 sacks during his 14-season career. He led the Vikings in sacks nine times and the Seahawks twice. Thirty-five times he recorded multi-sack games including eight games with three or more sacks. Randle was elected to seven Pro Bowls (1994-99, 2002) and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Year Team
G
No.
1990 Minnesota
16
1.0
1991 Minnesota
16
9.5
1992 Minnesota
16
11.5
1993 Minnesota
16
12.5
1994 Minnesota
16
13.5
1995 Minnesota
16
10.5
1996 Minnesota
16
11.5
1997 Minnesota
16
15.5
1998 Minnesota
16
10.5
1999 Minnesota
16
10.0
2000 Minnesota
16
8.0
2001 Seattle
15
11.0
2002 Seattle
12
7.0
2003 Seattle
16
5.5
Career Total
219
137.5
Additional Career Statistics: Interceptions: 1-1

Championship Games

1998 NFC – Atlanta Falcons 30, Minnesota Vikings 27 (OT)
Randle started at right defensive end. He had one tackle in the game.

2000 NFC – New York Giants 41, Minnesota Vikings 0
Randle started at defensive tackle. He had three tackles in the game.

All-Pro: 1993 (AP, PFWA), 1994 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1995 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1996 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1997 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1998 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-NFC: 1993 (UPI, PW), 1994 (UPI, PW), 1995 (UPI, PW), 1996 (UPI, PW), 1997 (PW) • 1998 (PW)

All-AFC: 2001 (PW)

(7) – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002

(at time of his retirement following 2003 season)

• [2nd] Most Consecutive Seasons with 10 or More Sacks – 8 (1992-1999)

Vikings’ records held by Randle
(Records through the 2000 season, Randle’s final season with Minnesota)

• [1st] Most Seasons Leading Team, Sacks – 9 (1991, 1993-2000)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading Team, Sacks – 8 (1993-2000)
• [3rd] Most Sacks, Career – 114 (Note: This team record takes into account sacks former players accumulated before the sack became an official stat in 1982. Officially Randle would be 1st.)

NFL Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1997

NFC Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1994, 1997

Team Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001S, 2002S

S Seattle Seahawks All other titles won with Minnesota Vikings

• 1990s All-Decade Team

Year Team
W
L
T
Division Finish
1990 Minnesota Vikings
6
10
0
(5th)
1991 Minnesota Vikings
8
8
0
(3rd)
1992 Minnesota Vikings
11
5
0
(1st)
1993 Minnesota Vikings
9
7
0
(2nd)
1994 Minnesota Vikings
10
6
0
(1st)
1995 Minnesota Vikings
8
8
0
(4th)
1996 Minnesota Vikings
9
7
0
(2nd)
1997 Minnesota Vikings
9
7
0
(4th)
1998 Minnesota Vikings
15
1
0
(1st)
1999 Minnesota Vikings
10
6
0
(2nd)
2000 Minnesota Vikings
11
5
0
(1st)
2001 Seattle Seahawks
9
7
0
(2nd)
2002 Seattle Seahawks
7
9
0
(3rd)
2003 Seattle Seahawks
10
6
0
(2nd)

Full name: John Anthony Randle

Birthdate: December 12, 1967

Birthplace: Hearne, Texas

High School: Hearne (TX)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 6, 2010

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 7, 2010

Presenter: John Teerlinck, former Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach

Other Members of the Class of 2010: Russ GrimmRickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith

Pro Career: 14 Seasons, 219 Games

Transactions:  May 4, 1990 – Randle signed as a free agent with Minnesota Vikings. | March 3, 2001 – Randle signed as free agent with Seattle Seahawks.

Uniform Number: #93

Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium
August 7, 2010

START OF PRESENTER VIDEO

John Teerlinck (presenter):
John was the original energizer bunny. He was the bunny before they had the bunny. This guy was nonstop. No one wanted to see Randle coming. You were in for a rough-ass day and that wasn’t an act.

I first met John in, be the winter of ’91-’92 after I left the Rams and signed down with Denny Green at Minnesota. John was a back-up defensive end and a special teamer. He was not drafted, so he wasn’t one of the premier guys, but you recognized that he was a young, eager, fire-round, go-get-em guy. And you knew you had something to work with, you just didn’t know where. We set up a bunch of drills back then just to see what we had—watch movement, watch how you could use your hands and feet and he just took over the drill. You could really see this guy had all kinds of shake and wiggle and movement, and of course, a nonstop motor. So right away he caught your attention.

He was a Parana on a feeding frenzy. We told him you had one thing to do, get to the quarterback. We stole the old Viking line from Bud Grant, lets meet at the quarterback and that’s what he did best.

John had 137.5 sacks in his career. And the thing that’s so amazing of those numbers, is 54 came on third-down, but 53 came on first. That’s entirely unheard of. Most people get their sacks on third-down out of a sub package, out of a mismatch, but first down for John was just as pass-happy as third down. That really says a lot.

I remember a game against Detroit, I think we got Mitchell seven or eight times, we got the ball out five or six times, and with the crucial times when we had to have a play Johnny would come up and get us off the field. When someone had to be the closer, he could close it out.

Narrator (Steve Sabol):
But Randle wasn’t content to only let his play do the talking.

Teerlinck:
John talked a lot of trash, but it wasn’t the normal taunting kind of trash talk, it was funny, it was stuff to get distracted. More stuff that he’d choose, wondering where do you get that stuff from, or that’s really off the wall, why is he talking about that? And it might not have anything to do with football. These guys would shake their heads, saying this guy’s nuts. He wanted you to think he was crazy; he wasn’t crazy.

Narrator:
Though his methods may not have been conventional, they were effective. During nine different seasons, Randle tallied at least ten sacks, earning himself seven trips to the Pro Bowl and six First-Team All-Pro selections.

Teerlinck:
I’ve been lucky enough to coach 31 playoff games, six championship games and be in four Super Bowls, and having the chance to present John Randle is bigger than all those things combined. I’m honored to present John Randle for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

END OF VIDEO

John Randle:
Wow. Well, it's too late, they can't take it back now. I'm here; I'm in.

First of all, I want to thank John Teerlinck for presenting me, motivating me, focusing me on the game that I love. I also want to say, John, thank you for saying I could excel and play in the National Football League, even though I wasn't drafted, didn't play for a major school. Also thank you for showing me what sometimes I didn't see in myself.

Also I want to thank my hometown, Mumford, Texas, population 150. I also want to thank Herron, Texas, where I went to high school. Also I'd like to thank Keith Waters, who many of you may not know. Keith coached me at Trinity Valley Community College. He also convinced me to continue with my dream of playing football when I was uncertain about college and my future. He also encouraged me to go to Texas A&I with a rich winning tradition. Thank you also for all my college teammates at Texas A&I. Thank you, guys.

Next I'd like to thank the Minnesota Vikings, a team that believed in me, gave me a chance to play defensive line when most teams thought I was undersized and I wasn't going to make the team.

Also a lot of credit goes to my teammates at the Vikings and also the Seattle Seahawks, and especially my teammates when I first got in the league, such guys at Henry Thomas, Chris Doleman, and Randall McDaniel. Thank you, guys, for taking me under your wing and showing me the way.

I'd also like to thank Jerry Burns, Denny Green for seeing something in me and also believing that I could make the team.

I also want to thank Dennis Ryan, the head equipment guy from the Minnesota Vikings for finding a shoulder pad that would fit this small body (laughter). I'd also like to thank the fans for those days when I thought I had given my all and had nothing left to give. You may not believe this, but those days when I believed that I couldn't go on, I didn't have the strength to continue, you gave me the strength to play hard, practice hard, and to go out there and play a hundred percent on every play.

I also would like to thank my two big brothers Dennis and Ervin Randle. Thank you for letting me follow you around Mumford, Texas, when we were growing up. I'd also like to thank my mom, who is no longer here. She raised three boys by herself with very little money. Thank you, mom. I love you.

I'd also like to thank my loving family, my wife Candace, she is my strength and best friend, and my kids who are my pride and joy. I also want to thank my whole family in Texas and a new one in Minnesota for being on this journey with me and also for helping me believe in myself and continue after football.

I also am so humbled by this incredible honor which I never thought was possible. Thank you to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, everyone who played a part in electing me for making this small-town kid's dream come true.

Thank you.

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