12 time Pro Bowler Randall McDaniel was inducted into the 2009 Class of the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday. Randall played 12 of his 14 seasons with the Vikings, finishing the final two years of his career in Tampa Bay. He was known as a modest man, who came into the league undersized for a guard and quickly became dominant at the position. During his speech, Randall commented on how it didn't feel right being up there with out his fellow linemen. He also stated:
I was blessed to play 14 years in the NFL. I spent 12 seasons with the Vikings, and I'll always bleed purple and gold."The entire transcript of the speech may be found here: McDaniel HoF Speech
Other Vikings in the HoF: Carl Eller (Class of 2004), Jim Finks (Class of 1995), Bud Grant (Class of 1994), Paul Krause (Class of 1998), Alan Page (Class of 1988), Fran Tarkenton (Class of 1985), Ron Yary (Class of 2001), and Gary Zimmerman (Class of 2008)
On Saturday, the Vikings continued to honor Vikings greats by announcing that Scott Studwell will join the Viking Elite on the Ring of Honor, the highest honor the team awards, becoming the 18th inductee. Scott Studwell has been with the organization for 33 years, as a linebacker from 1977 through 1990, and is currently working in the front office as the Director of College Scouting.
Studwell is the Vikings career leader in combined tackles (1,981), defensive tackles (1,928), single-season tackles (230 - 1981) and single-game tackles (24 @ Detroit 11/17/85). A 9th round pick out of Illinois in 1977, Studwell was a 2-time Pro Bowler and was also named to the Vikings 25th and 40th Anniversary All-Time Teams. Source: Vikings.com
He will be inducted during half time of the Vikings-Bears game on November 29th. Click the following link for an entire list of past inductees: Vikings Ring of Honor