Studwell, now the team's director of college scouting, found out Monday during a gathering with team owners and other officials that he will become the 18th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor with an induction on Nov. 29 at halftime of the Vikings' game against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome.
Vikings coach Brad Childress was part of the gathering when Studwell found out and said the recipient was surprised.
"At a lack for words. It was great. Speechless," Childress said, describing Studwell's reaction. "He mustered a couple (of words) up. It was great to see."
Studwell is the first linebacker to be named to the Ring of Honor, which now includes QB Fran Tarkenton, DT Alan Page, GM Jim Finks, coach Bud Grant, S Paul Krause, trainer Fred Zamberletti, DE Jim Marshall, T Ron Yary, T Korey Stringer, C Mick Tingelhoff, DE Carl Eller, WR Cris Carter, RB Bill Brown, coach Jerry Burns, G Randall McDaniel, RB Chuck Foreman, DT John Randle and now Studwell.
Studwell was a leader on Vikings defenses for 14 years (1977-90) and is entering his 18th year in the player personnel department, making it 33 years in the organization.
"Thirty-three years in this organization as a player and a scout, he loved what he did when he was playing. He loves what he's doing right now," said Childress. "He was chomping at the bit to get going to the University of Nebraska (Monday) afternoon (for scouting). It was a well-kept secret that he was going to be the guy that was going to be in. It's always great to be there for the surprise on his face."
Studwell is the Vikings' career leader in combined tackles (1,981), defensive tackles (1,928), single-season tackles (230 in 1981) and single-game tackles (24 at Detroit on 11/17/85).
He was a two-time Pro Bowler and was also named to the Vikings 25th and 40th Anniversary All-Time Teams.
Childress said he remembers Studwell going back to his college playing days at Illinois.
"I have a great appreciation for where he was at and where he's gone to," Childress said. "He was like most good linebackers. He had no regard for his body. He let it fly every time. (Middle linebackers) can cut it loose pretty good."