Saturday, January 31, 2009

Randall McDaniel

Randall McDaniel's response a moment after he was announced as part of the six-member class of the star-studded 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame class today in Tampa, Fla "I can't believe it," a stunned McDaniel said from his Twin Cities home. "You never set out thinking that's going to happen. A part of me is wondering if this is real. I'm a linemen, so no one ever tells a lineman the truth.

Joining McDaniel are Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Derrick Thomas, Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Rod Woodson, Dallas Cowboys receiver Bob Hayes and Bills owner Ralph Wilson "It's a humbling experience. It's a great honor to have," McDaniel said.

The 19th overall selection by the Vikings in the 1988 NFL Draft out of Arizona State, McDaniel went to an NFL record 12 consecutive Pro Bowls. He played for the Vikings until the 1999 season then finished his career with two seasons in Tampa with the Buccaneers It's not the end of the world," Randle said. "I was hoping for Randall. He deserves it.

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