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Randall McDaniel: A Football Hall Of Famer; A Life Already Enshrined.

“ …I am a Viking, I will always be a Viking, everyone knows that.” the soft words spoken by the gentle giant who was paramount for the Vikings organization, and fanbase, for 14 years.

Meet Randall McDaniel.

McDaniel is a soft spoken giant who hails from the desert region of Arizona only to ironically make a home in the tundra of Minnesota.

A low key player who refuted the limelight yet rather let his actions, leadership, and tenacity speak the volumes it did for the consummate pro.

An individual who, aside from football, put the community and his time with children first throughout his long career, and then made those children his new career after his time on the field.

Professionally, there are few that have come along and played Guard with as much speed, agility and tenacity as McDaniels did; there are fewer that achieved the monumental accomplishments McDaniels did.

All Rookie in 1988, 12 Pro Bowl selections AND starts, seven-time First Team All-Pro, as well as 202 consecutive starts between the years 1990 to 2001 without a single missed practice during the same time period.

In 1994 McDaniel’s forged line held opponents to one sack every 22.7 pass attempt.

In 1998, while playing for the incredibly explosive Viking Offense that registered a team record 556 points, McDaniels led the way for the gruesome two-some rushing attack of Leroy Hoard and Robert Smith, and it was that year the tandem combined for 1,666 yards.

Trust me, anyone who watched that line with those two guys will instantly recall McDaniel’s contribution both as a blocker, and as a fullback; something the Vikings also utilized with the endlessly talented McDaniels.

That 1998 season was the pinnacle of McDaniel’s career; he defined that O-line and paved the way for the explosive attack of the Vikings while working in unison with his fellow lineman to make getting to the quarterback as easy as breaking through a brick wall with a rubber mallet.

The O-line that year gave up no more than 20 sacks; they helped paved the way for a team total 1,936 yards on the ground and 17 rushing touchdowns.

He afforded Cunningham a crystal clear path to see the field and a cavernous pocket to relax in that allowed the passing game to yield 61 touchdowns in addition to 4,492 passing yards out of 533 attempts; a 61.4 percent completion rate.

McDaniels shared the field with some of the biggest names in Vikings history:

Cris Carter, Jake Reed, Gary Zimmerman, Randal Cunningham, Warren Moon, John Randle, Robert Griffith, Randy Moss, and Andrew Glover; this list literally could go on for miles.

In addition, McDaniels enjoyed incredible company in the trenches with five players that were all household names in the snowy landscape of Minnesota.

Todd Steussie, Jeff Christy, Korey Stringer, John Gerak and Dave Dixon who eventually replaced Gerak in 1997.

McDaniels had the absolute pleasure of working with some of the greatest Viking players to come along during his time; but  there were other people McDaniels worked with that were just as equally special to him—children.

In the offseason, McDaniels would regularly spend time with the elementary children in his community.

 McDaniels would spend an immeasurable amount of time taking the children on literary journeys as he read line after line of the pages of countless books.

 He found a great appreciation and love with his time spent with his littlest fans, and it was this discovery, this passion and budding relationship that led McDaniels to a new path after his exodus from football.

No more than a single day after his retirement, McDaniels obtained a license to work in elementary education, and today he works with the disadvantaged children within that system.

Interestingly enough, the low profile existence McDaniels insisted upon as a professional football player, is also the same approach he now assumes in his work within the elementary school system of Minnesota.

By the time he arrived at Westonka School District, Mr. McDaniels as he is known today, had figured that only the parents may remember him, but as the word got out, the children quickly became familiar with McDaniels as a football player.

In addition to his work with the students and acting as a guide in the realm of education, McDaniels also takes time out of his life to work with his wife Marianne. Together they plan and coordinate community service outings; a busy individual who selflessly dedicates his time to everyone else.

The ceremonies at the HOF this weekend will serve as a reminder of McDaniel’s accomplishments as a selfless player, a tried and tested leader, and an inspirational trench soldier who never quit for a single moment.

But it is his perpetual contribution to his community; to the children throughout Minnesota, and the countless lives he has touched and inspired that is the greatest example of just what it means to be enshrined in the game of life.

Congratulations Mr. McDaniel!

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Randall McDaniel: A Football Hall Of Famer; A Life Already Enshrined.

“ …I am a Viking, I will always be a Vikings, everyone knows that.” the soft words spoken by the gentle giant who was paramount for the Vikings organization, and fanbase, for 14 years.

Meet Randall McDaniel.

McDaniel is a soft spoken giant who hails from the desert region of Arizona only to ironically make a home in the tundra of Minnesota.

A low key player who refuted the limelight yet rather let his actions, leadership, and tenacity speak the volumes it did for the consummate pro.

An individual who, aside from football, put the community and his time with children first throughout his long career, and then made those children his new career after his time on the field.

Professionally, there are few that have come along and played Guard with as much speed, agility and tenacity as McDaniels did; there are fewer that achieved the monumental accomplishments McDaniels did.

All Rookie in 1988, 12 Pro Bowl selections AND starts, seven-time First Team All-Pro, as well as 202 consecutive starts between the years 1990 to 2001 without a single missed practice during the same time period.

In 1994 McDaniel’s forged line held opponents to one sack every 22.7 pass attempt.

In 1998, while playing for the incredibly explosive Viking Offense that registered a team record 556 points, McDaniels led the way for the gruesome two-some rushing attack of Leroy Hoard and Robert Smith, and it was that year the tandem combined for 1,666 yards.

Trust me, anyone who watched that line with those two guys will instantly recall McDaniel’s contribution both as a blocker, and as a fullback; something the Vikings also utilized with the endlessly talented McDaniels.

That 1998 season was the pinnacle of McDaniel’s career; he defined that O-line and paved the way for the explosive attack of the Vikings while working in unison with his fellow lineman to make getting to the quarterback as easy as breaking through a brick wall with a rubber mallet.

The O-line that year gave up no more than 20 sacks; they helped paved the way for a team total 1,936 yards on the ground and 17 rushing touchdowns.

He afforded Cunningham a crystal clear path to see the field and a cavernous pocket to relax in that allowed the passing game to yield 61 touchdowns in addition to 4,492 passing yards out of 533 attempts; a 61.4 percent completion rate.

McDaniels shared the field with some of the biggest names in Vikings history:

Cris Carter, Jake Reed, Gary Zimmerman, Randal Cunningham, Warren Moon, John Randle, Robert Griffith, Randy Moss, and Andrew Glover; this list literally could go on for miles.

In addition, McDaniels enjoyed incredible company in the trenches with five players that were all household names in the snowy landscape of Minnesota.

Todd Steussie, Jeff Christy, Korey Stringer, John Gerak and Dave Dixon who eventually replaced Gerak in 1997.

McDaniels had the absolute pleasure of working with some of the greatest Viking players to come along during his time; but it there were  other people McDaniels worked with that were just as equally special to him—children.

In the offseason, McDaniels would regularly spend time with the elementary children in his community.

 McDaniels would spend an immeasurable amount of time taking the children on literary journeys as he read line after line of the pages of countless books.

 He found a great appreciation and love with his time spent with his littlest fans, and it was this discovery, this passion and budding relationship that led McDaniels to a new path after his exodus from football.

No more than a single day after his retirement, McDaniels obtained a license to work in elementary education, and today he works with the disadvantaged children within that system.

Interestingly enough, the low profile existence McDaniels insisted upon as a professional football player, is also the same approach he now assumes in his work within the elementary school system of Minnesota.

By the time he arrived at Westonka School District, Mr. McDaniels as he is known today, had figured that only the parents may remember him, but as the word got out, the children quickly became familiar with McDaniels as a football player.

In addition to his work with the students and acting as a guide in the realm of education, McDaniels also takes time out of his life to work with his wife Marianne. Together they plan and coordinate community service outings; a busy individual who selflessly dedicates his time to everyone else.

The ceremonies at the HOF this weekend will serve as a reminder of McDaniel’s accomplishments as a selfless player, a tried and tested leader, and an inspirational trench soldier who never quit for a single moment.

But it is his perpetual contribution to his community; to the children throughout Minnesota, and the countless lives he has touched and inspired that is the greatest example of just what it means to be enshrined in the game of life.

Congratulations Mr. McDaniel!

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