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John Randle played defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.
Randle went undrafted, so he tried out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was not signed to a contract. The 6'1" 287 pound defensive linemen was picked up by the Vikings during training camp and played his first season in 1990. He went to his first Pro Bowl in 1993 after recording 11.5 sacks, and quickly become one of the most dominant defensive tackles of his era.
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 that he was nearly unblockable on artificial turf.
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 Holmgren convinced him to stay one more year. The Seahawks made the playoffs two times while he was on the roster.
Randle left the NFL tied with Richard Dent for 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 Bowls.
Randle was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor in 2008. He was eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame starting in 2009, and was elected in his second year of eligibility in 2010 alongside Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson and Dick LeBeau. He was also inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame during the same year.