John Randle

John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).[1] On February 6, 2010, he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Born in Mumford, Texas, Randle was raised poor and worked odd jobs when he was young.[2] His brother Ervin Randle played as a linebacker for eight years.[3] Randle played high school football in Hearne, Texas. He started his college playing career at Trinity Valley Community College, before transferring to Texas A&M University–Kingsville.

John Randle
No. 93
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:December 12, 1967 (age 51)
Mumford, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school:Hearne (TX)
College:Texas A&M–Kingsville
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Randle went undrafted; he tried out for his brother's team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was thought to be too small, and was not signed to a contract. The 6'1" 244-lbs. defensive lineman was picked up by the Vikings after the draft on the recommendation of Head Scout Don Deisch, playing his first season in 1990. He was told by the Vikings that he would only be picked up if he came back with his weight over 250 lbs. He was at 244 lbs, so when he was weighed, he hid a chain under his sweats to get his weight up. He went to his first Pro Bowl in 1993 after recording 11.5 sacks, and quickly became one of the dominant defensive tackles of his era. Once Henry Thomas left the Vikings, Randle increased his training regimen, and became well known for his disarming on-field heckling of opposing players. Randle would record double digit sacks during nine different seasons, including a career-high and league-leading 15.5 sacks in 1997.[4]

Randle had an ongoing rivalry with Packers quarterback Brett Favre, whom he sacked more than any other quarterback; Favre said that Randle was the toughest defensive player he faced and that "on artificial turf he's unblockable".[5] To play off the rivalry with Brett Favre, Randle starred in a commercial which featured him sewing a miniature version of Favre's #4 jersey which he put on a live chicken. The commercial then showed Randle chasing the chicken around what was supposed to be Randle's backyard and ended with Randle cooking chicken on his BBQ, leading to fierce protests from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.[6] Like fellow Minnesota Viking Chris Hovan, Randle was known for eccentric face painting as well as trash talking on the field.[7] Among his most famous on-field catchphrases was "Six footers for LIFE!" an allusion to scouting criticism of being undersized for his position. His pass rushing techniques were motion-captured for 989 Sports' NFL Xtreme series. He was the cover athlete throughout the entirety of the series.[8]

Seattle Seahawks

At the end of the 2000 season,[9] Randle signed with the Seattle Seahawks. In his first season with the Seahawks he earned an invite to the Pro Bowl, the last of his career. He retired in March 2004,[10] Randle had planned to retire a year earlier, but Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren convinced him to stay one more year. The Seahawks made the playoffs in 2003 while he was on the roster, but did not reach the Super Bowl. Also that year, while with the Seahawks, Randle acquired his final sack.

Randle left the NFL tied with Richard Dent for 5th in number of career sacks. His 137.5 career sacks remains the second highest total by a defensive tackle in NFL history, only ranking below fellow Vikings legend Alan Page who had a total of 148.5 sacks.[11] Over his career, he was named to seven Pro Bowl squads. He was named All Tackle Machine of 1999 by Tackle: The Magazine.[12]


Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sacks FF FR
1990 MIN 16 0 21 0 0 1.0 1 0
1991 MIN 16 8 58 0 0 9.5 2 0
1992 MIN 16 14 56 0 0 11.5 0 1
1993 MIN 16 16 59 0 0 12.5 3 0
1994 MIN 16 16 42 30 12 13.5 3 2
1995 MIN 16 16 44 33 11 10.5 1 0
1996 MIN 16 16 46 35 11 11.5 4 0
1997 MIN 16 16 58 47 11 15.5 2 2
1998 MIN 16 16 41 27 14 10.5 3 1
1999 MIN 16 16 38 29 9 10.0 4 3
2000 MIN 16 16 26 25 1 8.0 2 0
2001 SEA 15 14 34 26 8 11.0 4 1
2002 SEA 12 12 15 13 2 7.0 0 0
2003 SEA 16 9 17 12 5 5.5 0 1
Career 219 185 471 277 84 137.5 29 11


Vikings records

  • Most Seasons Leading Team In Sacks: 9, 1991, 1993-2000
  • Most Consecutive Seasons Leading Team In Sacks: 8, 1993-2000

After football and Legacy

Randle was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor in 2008.[14] He was eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame starting in 2009, and was elected in his second year of eligibility in 2010.[15] Randle was inducted in Canton, OH on August 7, 2010 alongside Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson and Dick LeBeau.[16] He was also inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame during the same year[17] and had his number retired by his former high school team. He currently lives in Medina, Minnesota with his wife and children.[18]


  1. ^ "John Randle Stats -". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "John Randle". CNN. November 28, 1994.
  3. ^ "Ervin Randle". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "John Randle". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "NFL Draft - Vikings first pick draws comparisons to Randle". - 2000. April 16, 2000. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  8. ^ A Football Life Season 2
  9. ^ "John Randle". CNN.
  10. ^ "After 14 seasons, John Randle retires". The Seattle Times. March 2, 2004.
  11. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (March 1, 2004). "Randle retires from Seahawks". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  12. ^ "John Randle Hall of Fame Induction Video". World News. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "John Randle Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "John Randle - Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "John Randle - Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Randle enters Texas Sports Hall of Fame". February 7, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "John Randle's House in Medina, MN". October 4, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
1990 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1990 Minnesota Vikings season was the 30th year season for the Minnesota Vikings and the 71st regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of six wins and ten losses. After beginning the season 1–1, the Vikings dropped their next five games and found themselves at 1–6. However, they caught fire mid-season with a five-game winning streak to even their record at 6–6 (including a 41–13 thumping of the eventual NFC Central champion Chicago Bears in Week 12). While being in the thick of the wild card race, the Vikings suddenly fell apart with a four-game losing streak to finish at 6–10.

Notable additions to the team this season were wide receiver Cris Carter and undrafted defensive lineman John Randle, both of whom would go on to have Hall of Fame careers.

Injuries to the defense and a lackluster season from Herschel Walker were the story of the team's season.

1991 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1991 Minnesota Vikings season was the 31st year season play for the team and the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. Head coach Jerry Burns retired after the season.

Herschel Walker, going into his third year with Minnesota, went through another season of frustration and he was released following the season. In his two and a half seasons with the Vikings, he failed to reach 1,000 yards. The Walker trade to Minnesota never lived up to expectations and this allowed the Dallas Cowboys to use two draft picks (Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson) to become a dominant team that won three Super Bowls in the 1990s.

1993 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1993 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 33rd in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. With a record of 9–7, the team was unable to match the success of the previous season. Their season ended with a 17–10 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.

Newly acquired Jim McMahon, who was known for helping the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, was the Vikings starting quarterback for the season. He spent only one year with the team and after the season, the rebuilding Vikings decided not to renew McMahon's contract and he would go on to sign with other teams. The Vikings later acquired Warren Moon for next season.

Cris Carter and John Randle were named to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first Pro Bowl for both future Hall of Famers.

Terry Allen, who had a breakout season the previous year, missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.

1994 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1994 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 34th in the National Football League and their third under head coach Dennis Green. The team finished with a 10–6 record and reached the playoffs for a third straight season, but also failed to make it out of the Wild Card round for the third year in a row, losing 35–18 to their division rival Chicago Bears.

1996 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1996 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 36th in the National Football League. Under head coach Dennis Green, they finished with a 9–7 record and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1994, starting a run of five consecutive playoff appearances.

They started the season with five wins in their first six games, before losing their next four. Starting quarterback Warren Moon suffered a broken collarbone during the season and missed the final six games, allowing fifth-year backup Brad Johnson to take his place. With Johnson under center, the Vikings won four of their remaining five games, including divisional victories on the road against the Detroit Lions and at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those wins proved pivotal in the Vikings qualification for the playoffs, as their superior intra-conference record (8–4) over the Washington Redskins rendered Minnesota's week 17 loss to the Green Bay Packers irrelevant, despite the Redskins defeating the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings entered the playoffs as the number 6 seed in the NFC, pitting them against the Cowboys in the wildcard round. The Cowboys put up 30 unanswered points in the first half and ultimately won the game 40–15, making it the fourth time in five seasons that the Vikings' season ended in the wildcard round.

For the season, the Vikings sported new uniforms, adding the team's logo to both sleeves of the jersey. These uniforms would remain in use with the Minnesota Vikings until 2005.

1997 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1997 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 37th in the National Football League and their sixth under head coach Dennis Green. The team finished with a 9–7 record and qualified for a wild card berth in the playoffs. In the wild card round against the New York Giants, the Vikings came back from a 22–13 deficit with 90 seconds to play to win 23–22, their first playoff victory since 1988. In the divisional round, the Vikings were defeated 38–22 by the San Francisco 49ers.

Vikings defensive tackle John Randle led the league in sacks with 15.5. Wide receiver Cris Carter's 13 touchdown receptions also were most in the league.

Before the season, the Vikings acquired Randall Cunningham after a year out of the game, a move that reunited Cunningham with his former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Cris Carter.

1998 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1998 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 38th in the National Football League. The Vikings became the third team in NFL history to win 15 games during the regular season, which earned them the National Football Conference (NFC) Central division championship and the first overall seed in the NFC playoffs. The team entered the playoffs as the favorite to win Super Bowl XXXIII, but their season ended when they were upset by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 NFC Championship Game.

The 1998 Vikings team is known for its offense, which featured veteran quarterback Randall Cunningham, running back Robert Smith, and Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and a rookie Randy Moss. The team scored an NFL record 556 points during the season, and Moss set an NFL record by catching 17 touchdown passes, the most ever by a rookie. On special teams, Gary Anderson became the first placekicker in NFL history to convert every field goal and extra point he attempted. The Vikings defense ranked sixth in the league in points allowed and was led by Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle.

During the NFC Championship Game, Gary Anderson missed a field goal for the first time that season. Had the field goal been converted, it would have given the Vikings a nearly insurmountable 10-point lead late in the game. Instead, the Falcons tied the game on their ensuing drive and won by a field goal in sudden death overtime.

The 1998 Vikings were the first NFL team to compile a regular season record of 15–1 and not win the Super Bowl, and numerous publications have recognized the team as one of the greatest to never win the league championship. Their loss in the NFC Championship Game is also considered by their fans to be one of the most devastating losses in NFL history.

1999 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1999 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 39th in the National Football League. After going a near perfect 15–1 record in 1998, the Vikings began the 1999 season with high expectations of another great season. Randall Cunningham resumed duties again in 1999, but after a struggling 2–4 start to the season, he was benched and Jeff George was given the starting job as quarterback.

George finished the season with an 8–2 record, and led the Vikings into the postseason once again, with an overall team record of 10–6 failing to match their record from the 1998 season. Minnesota beat Dallas in the Wild Card Game 27–10 and faced playoff newcomer Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional Round. The game was a shootout which Minnesota led 17–14 at halftime, but the Rams outscored Minnesota 35 to 20 in the second half to win 49–37. St. Louis would then go on to win Super Bowl XXXIV against the Titans.

2000 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2000 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 40th in the National Football League. They won the NFC Central division title with an 11–5 record and beat the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs before losing 41–0 to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

After not retaining either Randall Cunningham or Jeff George, the team was led by first-year starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper and running back Robert Smith, who ran for a then team record 1,521 yards and seven touchdowns. The Vikings started out 7–0 and were 11–2 after 14 weeks, but slumped briefly, losing their last three to the Rams, Packers and Colts while Culpepper was hampered by injury.

Despite the rough patch, the Vikings would return to the playoffs again for the fifth straight year. After easily beating the Saints in the Divisional game 34–16, they were humiliated 41–0 by the New York Giants in the Conference Championship, and to top that, Robert Smith retired at the end of the year, after only playing eight NFL seasons. It would be 2004 before the Vikings returned to the playoffs.

After a contract dispute, Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle was let go after 11 seasons with the Vikings. Randle had only eight sacks this year, ending a streak of eight consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks.

Seven Vikings including Culpepper, Moss, Carter, Smith, Korey Stringer, Robert Griffith and Matt Birk were selected to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was Stringer's only Pro Bowl appearance before his death in 2001.

Betsy Randle

Betsy May Randle (born June 24, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress best known for her role as Amy Matthews on Boy Meets World which lasted seven seasons. She grew up in the suburb of Glenview. She is a graduate of New Trier High School and the University of Kansas. She is married to film editor John Randle and they have two children, Aaron, who is married and has a child born in 2013, and Jessica. Randle and her family reside in Ojai, California.

Ervin Randle

Ervin Randle (born October 12, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the NFL. He played in the NFL from 1985-1992 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. He attended Baylor University for college. He is the older brother of Hall of Famer John Randle.

John K. Randle

John Randle (1 February 1855 – 27 February 1928) was a West African doctor who was active in politics in Lagos, now in Nigeria, in the colonial era. Born in Sierra Leone, he was one of the first West Africans to qualify as a doctor in the United Kingdom. On return he worked for the Lagos Colony colonial medical service for a while, then left due to discrimination and built up a successful private practice, treating both Europeans and Africans. He co-founded the People's Union in 1908, a political association that sometimes opposed government measures. During World War I (1914–18) he was loyal to the British Empire. In post-war politics the conservative People's Union was not a serious competitor to the more radical Nigerian National Democratic Party.

John Randle (disambiguation)

John Randle (born 1967) is an American football defensive tackle.

John Randle may also refer to:

John K. Randle (1855–1928), West African doctor active in politics in Lagos, now in Nigeria

John Niel Randle (1917–1944), British recipient of the Victoria Cross

John Randle Hamilton

John Randle Hamilton (born 1944) is an American diplomat. He served as United States Ambassador to Peru from 1999 to 2002, and as United States Ambassador to Guatemala from 2003 to 2005.

John Teerlinck

John Teerlinck (born April 9, 1951) is a former American football player and coach.

Philip Randle

Sir Philip John Randle (16 July 1926 – 26 September 2006) was a British medical researcher after whom the Randle cycle is named.


Randle, as a surname or a given name, may refer to:


Betsy Randle (born 1955), American actress

Bill Randle (1923-2004), American disc jockey, lawyer and university professor

Brian Randle (born 1985), American basketball player in the Israeli Basketball Super League

Chasson Randle (born 1993), American college basketball player

Ervin Randle (born 1962), National Football League linebacker and brother of John Randle

Florence Randle, American photographer

Frank Randle (1901-1957), English comedian

Harry Randle (1906-1976), English footballer

Ian Randle (born 1940), Jamaican publisher

Jack Randle (1902-1990), English footballer

Jerome Randle (born 1987), American college and professional basketball player

John Randle (born 1967), retired National Football League defensive tackle and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

John K. Randle (1855–1928), West African doctor active in politics in Lagos, now in Nigeria, in the colonial era.

John Niel Randle (1917-1944), British captain and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross

Joseph Randle (born 1991), National Football League running back

Julius Randle (born 1994), American basketball player

Kevin D. Randle (born 1949), ufologist

Lenny Randle (born 1949), retired Major League Baseball player

Lynda Randle, African American singer of southern gospel

Mary Jo Randle, English actress

Michael Randle (born 1933), British peace activist who helped the Soviet spy George Blake escape from prison

Philip Randle (1926–2006), medical researcher

Rodger Randle, American politician from the 1970s on

Roger Randle (born 1974), New Zealand rugby union footballer

Rueben Randle (born 1991), National Football League wide receiver

Sonny Randle (born 1936), sportscaster and former National Football League player and college coach

Tate Randle (born 1959), retired National Football League cornerback

Theresa Randle (born 1964), American actress

Valerie Randle, Welsh materials engineer and professor at Swansea University

Vicki Randle (born 1954), American singer, musician and composer; first and only female member of The Tonight Show BandGiven name:

Randle Ayrton (1869–1940), British actor, producer and director

Randle Chowning (born 1950), American singer-songwriter best known as the founder of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Randle Cotgrave (died 1634?), English lexicographer

Randle Wilbraham Falconer (1816–1881), British medical doctor and writer

Randle Holme, the name shared by four family members who were painters and genealogists in Chester, Cheshire, England, from the late 16th to early 18th centuriesFictional characters:

Randle McMurphy, protagonist of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and its film adaptation

Randle Siddeley, 4th Baron Kenilworth

John Randle Siddeley, 4th Baron Kenilworth (born 16 June 1954) is a British aristocrat and garden designer..

Trinity Valley Community College

Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) is a community college based in Athens, Texas. It has four campuses serving five counties across the southeast and eastern parts of the state.

TVCC operates four campuses serving the Texas counties of Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Rains, and Kaufman, southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex:

The Henderson County Campus, which also serves as TVCC's headquarters, is in Athens.

The Anderson County Campus is in Palestine.

The Kaufman County Campus is in Terrell.

The TVCC Health Science Center is in Kaufman. This campus is adjacent to Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman and is dedicated specifically to healthcare courses. (General courses must be taken at one of the other campuses in the TVCC system.) It also operates a distance learning program for the University of Texas at Arlington's RN to BSN program.

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