John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is an American former professional football player who was defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 6, 2010.
As an NFL player, John Randle was a part of the era’s dominant defense tackles. He won 7 Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro and led the league in season sacks for three consecutive years.
He was one of the most prolific sackers in his time and helped to create a tough, well-trained defensive line. Known for his high-energy style of play, he was a key part of the Vikings’ defensive unit that helped the team win two Super Bowls in the 2000s.
A six-time Pro Bowler, he was signed as a rookie free agent in 1990 from Texas A&I. He enjoyed his best season in 1997, leading the league with 15 1/2 sacks.
In 1998, he was the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. But with a salary cap that has increased by 278 percent since then, he has only made $24.6 million this year.