John Randle got the call to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon, getting more than 80 percent of the required votes from the 44 voting members. He joins Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Rickey Jackson and Russ Grimm as the modern-era candidates and Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little as the seniors committee finalists.
Randle was an undrafted free agent in 1990 and spent the next 11 seasons with the Vikings. He played his final three seasons with the Seahawks. He had 137.5 career sacks and eight straight years (1992-99) with 10 or more sacks. He was a Pro Bowler six straight years with the Vikings from 1993-98 and again with Seattle in 2001.
Former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter was a candidate as well, but was among the first five of the final 15 nominees to be cut from the final list. He was cut before Andre Reed of the Bills, sending the message that Reed may have to go in before Carter.
Randle joins nine fellow Vikings in the hall - quarterback Fran Tarkenton, guard Randall McDaniel, offensive tackles Gary Zimmerman and Ron Yary, defensive end Carl Eller, defensive tackle Alan Page, safety Paul Krause, head coach Bud Grant and general manager Jim Finks.
Randle voted into H.O.F.
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