Former Vikings guard Randall McDaniel is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
McDaniel made 12 Pro Bowls starts during his career with the Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with 190 of his 222 career games played as a member of the Vikings and 11 of his 12 Pro Bowls coming in purple. McDaniel was also elected into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2006 and also made the College Football Hall of Fame.
"It's just starting to sink in. I still can't believe it," McDaniel said on a conference call from Minnesota with the media in Tampa Bay.
McDaniel was also was honored eight times as an Associated Press All-Pro, blocked for six 1,000-yard rushers and five 3,000-yard passers and was a key ingredient for the Vikings' offensive explosion in 1998, when they scored a league-record 556 points while he gave up only 1.5 sacks.
"You can't walk around thinking, ‘This is the year I'm going in,'" McDaniel told Viking Update two years ago when he was first announced as a Hall of Fame candidate. "It would be a great honor. If it does not happen, I'm not going to be upset. You take things as they come. If it does happen, no one will see me dancing around the house like a fool except for my wife and my dog."
"Randall was a beast," said fellow Class of 2009 inductee and former Buffalo Bill Bruce Smith. "This was an incredible talent. I cannot remember facing another guard that possessed the ability, the tenacious, the strength – he was just incredible. Once he locked onto you, you couldn't go anywhere."
Former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter and defensive tackle John Randle were also among the 15 modern-day finalists on Saturday. They made the cut from 15 to 10, but weren't among the final five who made the Hall of Fame.
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