Little doubt on McDaniel's HOF credentials

Randall McDaniel's Hall of Fame selection over the weekend produced volumes of information about his career. Inside are quotes from others on McDaniel's career and loads of statistical and biographical proof on what made McDaniel such a special player on and off the field, where he is still making a difference.

Quotes On Hall of Fame Guard Randall McDaniel

Minnesota Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf:
"We are extremely excited today that Randall has been selected as a member of the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class. Randall's intelligence, hard work, discipline, tenacity and commitment to excellence was rewarded earlier today in Tampa, Florida. Both he and his wife, Marianne, have made a positive impact upon the Minnesota Vikings organization and the Twin Cities community. We look forward to having Randall enshrined in Canton, Ohio and are grateful that he is part of the Minnesota Vikings Family."

Minnesota Vikings Guard Steve Hutchinson: "Watching it today, I knew playing the same position that he epitomized what the offensive line is- blue collar guys who do their job and keep their mouths shut. Guys like Larry Allen, Bruce Matthews and Randall defined what the position is. To play 14 years and make 12 Pro Bowls, he proved that he and those guys are the benchmark to be judged by. Randall is a guy who dominated for well over a decade and he deserves this day as much as anybody."

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Mike Alstott: "I was lucky enough to play with Randall his last few seasons here in Tampa. I knew he was a great player in Minnesota, but didn't realize how much so until he got here. I remember seeing him do things I'd never seen a lineman do before physically. Just an unbelievable athlete. The thing about him is that he's a better guy off the field. He's a good man and I'm proud to have been his teammate."

Howie Long, HOF Class of 2000: "Very rarely does a player have an opportunity to define his era in football and he certainly did at his position. He is one of the greatest players I ever had the privilege of playing against and I look forward to seeing him down the road when he's inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame."


6-4 / 275 / DOB 12-19-64 / 14 SEASONS (12 Minnesota, 2 Tampa Bay)


One of the most decorated offensive linemen in NFL history, Randall McDaniel humbly went about his business of defining the offensive guard position and quietly established himself as the standard by which other linemen of his era were judged. His ferocious play on the field and gentle demeanor off it made him a fan favorite and earned him the respect of both teammates and peers over his 14-season career.

McDaniel made his presence felt immediately with the Vikings after his selection as the #19 overall pick in the 1988 draft. He stepped into the starting lineup in the second game of his rookie season and the rest is history. He missed only two career games with injury, both in 1989 when he was sidelined by a knee injury. He played in a total of 222 regular season and 15 playoff games, including a streak of 202 consecutive regular season starts from 10/22/89 until his retirement after the 2001 season. McDaniel and Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews (Oilers/Titans) are the only two NFL players to play in every game in the decade of the 1990s.

McDaniel was selected by his peers as a Pro Bowl starter in 1989 and made an NFL-record 12 consecutive trips to Hawaii representing the NFC as their starting left guard. McDaniel elevated the level of the play of his linemates, helping both his left tackle and center make Pro Bowl appearances during his career. Todd Steussie lined up alongside McDaniel at LT for the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 1997 and 1998 while Jeff Christy was center on the NFC squad in 1998 and 1999 as a Viking and again in 2000 representing the Buccaneers.

After earning All-Rookie honors in 1988, McDaniel was named All-Pro in each of the next 11 seasons (1989-99), including 7 times on the Associated Press' 1st-Team All-Pro unit. Hall of Famers Bruce Matthews (G), John Hannah (G) and Anthony Munoz (T) are the only other offensive linemen to match or exceed that feat. McDaniel was selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of four guards (McDaniel, Matthews, Allen and Wisnewski) named to the NFL's Team of the Decade for the 1990s and was selected in 1999 to the Vikings 40th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 2006 McDaniel was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor.

Known for his ability to overpower opponents with his strength and quickness, McDaniel helped pave the way for 3 different RBs (Terry Allen-2, Robert Smith-3, Warrick Dunn-1) to rush for 1,000+ yards a combined 6 times during their careers and cleared the way for a RB to break the 100-yard mark in a game 44 times. McDaniel-led offensive lines also helped 3 different QBs (Warren Moon-2, Brad Johnson-2, Randall Cunningham-1) to pass for 3,000+ yards a combined 5 times during their careers and enabled a QB to break the 300-yard mark in a game 30 times. In addition, receivers posted 100-yard performances 77 different during his career. In 1998 McDaniel protected QB Randall Cunningham as he led the Vikings top-ranked passing offense on his way to being named both the Bert Bell Award Winner by the Maxwell Club and the Miller Lite Player of the Year.

The importance of education was a foundation in McDaniel's life starting with a childhood that included one of his most precious records- he never missed a day of school from kindergarten to high school graduation. The first in his family to attend college, McDaniel earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Arizona State University.

In preparation for a future career in education, McDaniel spent his off-seasons (1997-2002) volunteering full-time as a teacher's aide in the elementary schools of the Robbinsdale (MN) School District. Upon his retirement in 2002, he received his provisional teaching certificate and began working as a K-5 Substitute Teacher in addition to his regular role in the classroom.

In 2004, he accepted a position in the Robbinsdale District as a Basic Skills Instructor/Tutor working primarily with 3rd- and 4th-grade students. Currently, McDaniel is in his first year working with 2nd-grade special education students in the Westonka (MN) Public Schools.

Active in the community throughout his career, McDaniel has focused on educational initiatives for young people. His philanthropic efforts include creating and implementing the "Hands-On" after-school activity program for homeless children from the YWCA's Transitional Housing Program in St. Paul (1989-99), developing and personally funding and educational pilot program, Adventure-Us Learning Alternatives, in St. Louis, MO (1997-2002), designing and overseeing "Mr. McDaniel's Classroom" - an after school tutoring program at the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa, FL for children with sickle-cell anemia (1999-2004).

Currently, McDaniel facilitates "Team McDaniel" to foster the value of community service among its 100 middle-school student members (2005-present). With McDaniel at the helm, Team McDaniel students volunteer as senior citizen facilities, hunger organizations, community events and local elementary schools. Collectively volunteering over 150 hours each month during the school year, Team McDaniel lives up to its motto- "Students working together to make a positive impact in our community". In 2008, Team McDaniel received KARE 11 TV's prestigious Eleven Who Care Award for their efforts to improve the lives of others in the Twin Cities.

1989: Gary Zimmerman—Randall McDaniel—Jay Hilgenberg—Guy McIntyre—Jackie Slater
1990: Jim Lachey—Randall McDaniel—Jay Hilgenberg—Guy McIntyre—Jackie Slater
1991: Jim Lachey—Randall McDaniel—Jay Hilgenberg—Guy McIntyre—Lomas Brown
1992: Gary Zimmerman—Randall McDaniel—Joel Hilgeberg—Guy McIntyre—Lomas Brown
1993: Erik Williams—Randall McDaniel—Jesse Sapolu—Nate Newton—Harris Barton
1994: William Roaf—Randall McDaniel—Mark Stepnoski—Nate Newton—Lomas Brown
1995: William Roaf—Randall McDaniel—Kevin Glover—Larry Allen—Lomas Brown
1996: Erik Williams—Randall McDaniel—Kevin Glover—Larry Allen—William Roaf
1997: Todd Steussie—Randall McDaniel—Kevin Glover—Larry Allen—William Roaf
1998: Todd Steussie—Randall McDaniel—Jeff Christy—Kevin Gogan—Larry Allen
1999: Orlando Pace—Randall McDaniel—Jeff Christy—Tre' Johnson—William Roaf
2000: Orlando Pace—Randall McDaniel—Jeff Christy—Larry Allen—William Roaf

In his 222 career games, teams went 133-89 in regular season play and endured only 1 losing season in his 14 campaigns. McDaniel's teams played in 15 playoff contests, including playoff berths in 9 of his final 10 seasons.

  • 1st NFL game- 9/4/88 at Buffalo, the 1988 season opener
  • 1st NFL start- 9/11/88 vs. New England, a 36-6 Vikings win
  • Blocked for 1st career 100-yard rusher- 9/8/91 at Atlanta, a 20-19 win when Herschel Walker ran for 125 yards
  • Last NFL game- 1/12/02 at Philadelphia, an NFC Wild Card Playoff game with Tampa Bay
  • Inducted into Vikings Ring of Honor- 12/17/06 vs. NY Jets

  • 1992 NFL Alumni Association Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • 1993 NFL Players Association NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • 1994 NFL Players Association NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • 1996 NFL True Value Man of the Year
  • 1997 NFL Players Association Unsung Hero Award
  • 1999 Minnesota Vikings 40th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • 2006 Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor inductee
  • 2008 National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame inductee

    Randall McDaniel: 12
    Will Shields: 12
    Reggie White: 11
    Junior Seau: 11
    Rod Woodson: 11

    Randall McDaniel: 12
    Will Shields: 12
    Larry Allen: 10
    Bruce Matthews: 9

    Bruce Matthews: 14
    Jerry Rice: 13
    Reggie White:13
    Randall McDaniel: 12
    Will Shields:12

    1990s GUARDS
    Randall McDaniel:G
    Bruce Matthews:G
    Larry Allen:G
    Steve Wisniewski:G

    Warren Moon:10
    Randall Cunningham: 6
    Wade Wilson: 5
    Brad Johnson: 3
    Rich Gannon: 2
    Jeff George: 2
    Sean Salisbury: 2

    Jim Marshall: 270
    Mick Tingelhoff: 240
    Carl Eller: 201 Randall McDaniel: 188

    Robert Smith: 23
    Terry Allen: 7
    Herschel Walker: 4
    Warrick Dunn: 3
    Leroy Hoard: 3
    Mike Alstott: 2
    Scottie Graham: 2

    Warren Moon, 1994: 4,570
    Warren Moon, 1995: 4,228
    Brad Johnson, 1997: 3,036
    Randall Cunningham, 1998: 3,704
    Brad Johnson, 2001: 3,406

    Terry Allen: 1,201: 1992
    Terry Allen: 1,031: 1994
    Robert Smith: 1,266: 1997
    Robert Smith: 1,187: 1998
    Robert Smith: 1,015: 1999
    Warrick Dunn: 1,133: 2000

    Randall McDaniel was the starting left guard in an NFL-record 12 consecutive Pro Bowls during his stellar career, playing in 11 with the Vikings and the 12th as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. McDaniel protected 3 QBs who earned Pro Bowl berths: Wade Wilson in 1988, Warren Moon in 1994 and 1995 and Randall Cunningham in 1998. McDaniel paved the way for RBs Robert Smith in 1998 and Warrick Dunn in 2000 to earn Pro Bowl berths.

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