The 30 greatest Minnesota Vikings players of all-time

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25. player. 60. . LB. (1977-90). Scott Studwell

All-time Greatest Minnesota Vikings: No. 25 – Scott Studwell

Despite being the 250th overall selection in the 1977 NFL Draft, Scott Studwell still appeared in every game for the Vikings during his rookie season. He remained in a reserve role on defense until 1980 when he became one of Minnesota’s starting inside linebackers.

Once the Vikings made him a starter, Studwell never looked back. During eight of his final 11 seasons, the linebacker led the Minnesota defense in tackles.

Studwell still currently holds the Vikings’ records for career tackles (1,981), tackles in a single season (230), and tackles in a single game (24). He spent his entire 14-year NFL career as a member of the Vikings, retiring from playing after the 1990 NFL season.

The two-time Pro Bowler was inducted into Minnesota’s Ring of Honor in 2009. In his post-playing career, Studwell effectively transitioned into a front-office role with the organization, and in 2019, he retired from his position as the Vikings’ Director of College Scouting.