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John Randle

Defensive End

John Anthony Randle

Inducted 2008

Date of Birth



Hearne, TX


Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1988-1989)


A defensive phenomenon, John Randle punished opposing offenses during his successful collegiate and pro careers. Selected as a first-team All-America in 1988, Randle was twice named the Lone Star Conference's Lineman of the Year. The Hearne, Texas native amassed 105 tackles and 34 career sacks en route to leading the Javelinas to back-to-back conference championships in 1988 and 1989 and two trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs. Starting his college playing career at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, Randle led a defense that allowed an average of only eight points per game during his senior campaign. Randle played 14 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. Named an All-Pro seven times, he recorded double-digit sacks during eight different seasons, including a career-high and league-leading 15.5 sacks in 1997. He retired as the league's all-time leader in sacks by a defensive tackle (137.5). A member of the Lone Star Conference Team of the Decade from the 1980s and a 2006 inductee into the Division II Football Hall of Fame


Height 6'1

Weight 272

Career Highlights

  • 1989 All-Conference
  • 1989 Conference MVP
  • 1988 All-Conference
  • 1988 Conference MVP
  • 1988 First Team All-America (Div II)
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