- John Randle
birthdate=birth date and age|1967|12|12
Pro Bowlselection (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
All-Proselection (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
* NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
John Randle (born
December 12, 1967in Hearne, Texas) is a former NFL defensive tacklewho played for the Minnesota Vikingsand the Seattle Seahawks. Born in Hearne, Texas, Randle was raised poor, and worked odd jobs when he was young. His brother Ervin Randleplayed as a linebackerfor eight years. Randle started his college playing career at Trinity Valley Community Collegein Athens, Texas, before transferring to Texas A&M University–Kingsville.
Randle went undrafted, but was picked up by the Vikings during training camp, playing his first season in 1990. He went to his first
Pro Bowlin 1993after recording 11.5 sacks, and was quickly becoming 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 eight different seasons, including a career-high and league-leading 15.5 sacks in 1997.
He 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 "on artificial turf he's unblockable". To play off the rivalry with Brett Favre, Randle starred in a commercial which featured himself 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. Like fellow Minnesota Viking Chris Hovan, Randle was known for eccentric face paintingas well as trash talking on the field. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/2000/nfldraft/news/2000/04/15/vikings_draft_ap/index.html]
At the end of the 2000 season, Randle signed with the Seattle Seahawks, and retired in March 2004. He had planned to retire a year earlier, but Seahawks coach
Mike Holmgrenconvinced him to stay one more year.
Randle left the NFL tied with
Richard Dentfor 5th in number of career sacks, and his 137.5 career sacks is the most by a defensive tackle in NFL history. Over his career he was named to seven Pro Bowlsquads. He was named All Tackle Machine of 1999 by Tackle The Magazine.
Randle was elected to the
College Football Hall of Famein 2008. He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Famein 2009.
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