For the second straight year, a great Viking of the 1990s will join the immortals in Canton.
Last year it was stalwart guard Randall McDaniel. This year it is high-energy defensive lineman John Randle.
Randle becomes the third Viking defensive lineman enshrined in the Hall-of-Fame, following famed Purple People Eaters Carl Eller and Alan Page.
He enters the hall as part of a class that includes Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Russ Grimm, Ricky Jackson, Floyd Little and Dick LeBeau.
One of Randle’s teammates, Cris Carter, was among the 15 finalists also considered today by Hall voters, but he was eliminated in the first round of cut-downs.
It seems absurd that Carter should continue being denied every year, considering what a great player he was for the better part of a decade, but it’s hard to be too angry when another equally deserving Viking has gotten the call.
In his 14-year career, Randle amassed 137 1/2 sacks, was named to seven Pro Bowl teams, and was voted first-team All-Pro six times. The undrafted Randle was always considered undersized for a tackle, but he had incredible quickness, especially on the Metrodome turf, and was the ultimate motor-that-never-quit guy.
Thanks to that motor, and his trademark facepaint, Randle became a fan favorite. And now he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.