John Randle became an All-Pro defensive tackle, and ultimately a Hall-of-Famer, thanks in part to the tutelage of defensive line coach John Teerlinck.
In gratitude for Teerlinck’s inestimable contribution to his success, Randle has chosen his former mentor to present him for induction at this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony.
“I’ve been an assistant coach for 22 years,” Teerlinck said of the news. “I’ve coached in 31 playoff games, six championships, and four Super Bowls. This tops them all. This is the biggest honor for an assistant coach.”
Randle goes into the Hall on August 7, alongside fellow greats Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Russ Grimm, Dick LeBeau, Rickey Jackson and Floyd Little.
But not former teammate Cris Carter who – inexplicably – is still waiting for his call.