Randall McDaniel
No. 64
Personal information
Born: (1964-12-19) December 19, 1964 (age 59)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school:Agua Fria
(Avondale, Arizona)
College:Arizona State (1984–1987)
NFL draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:222
Games started:220
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at PFR

Randall Cornell McDaniel (born December 19, 1964) is an American former football guard who played in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Minnesota Vikings and two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Early life

McDaniel played high school football and ran track at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona, then played college football at Arizona State University, where he participated in the school's first ever Rose Bowl appearance in 1987. In recognition of his Rose Bowl accomplishments, McDaniel was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2018.[1] He was joined by fellow Sun Devil Curley Culp on August 3, 2013, as the only Pro Football Hall of Fame members to be born in the state of Arizona.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+34 in
(1.92 m)
268 lb
(122 kg)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.60 s 1.66 s 2.71 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
17 reps

Also a standout athlete, McDaniel still holds the fastest 100-meter dash time ever among offensive linemen in the NFL at 10.64 seconds, setting this record as a high school senior in a state meet, electronically timed.[3] He recorded a PR of 50.04 seconds in the 400-meter dash. In the throwing events, he got top-throws of 16.76 meters in the shot put and 47.42 meters in the discus.[4] He also benched 435, inclined 380, dead lifted 660, and squatted 650 in competition. In addition, he was timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had a one step vertical leap of 37 inches at just 9% body fat.[5]

He began his professional career being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1988 NFL draft.[6] He started every Vikings regular-season game from 1990 to 1999, as well as a record 11 consecutive Pro Bowls. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile offensive linemen ever to play the game.[7] He started in 12 consecutive Pro Bowls (1989–2000), tied with Champ Bailey and Will Shields for the most Pro Bowls played.[8] He also started 202 consecutive games in his career.[9] During his time with the Minnesota Vikings, he occasionally would play fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations.[9]

He was released on February 10, 2000, as part of a salary-cap move. He eventually signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a three-year, $6M contract.[10] He played two seasons there before retiring. On February 27, 2002, he signed a one-day contract to retire with Vikings.[11] When he played for Tampa Bay, in 2000, he became the oldest player in the NFL to score his first touchdown reception at 36 years, 282 days old.


During the 2006 season, McDaniel was inducted into the Minnesota Vikings "Ring of Honor".[9]

McDaniel was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 2008.[12] McDaniel was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on January 31, 2009. McDaniel's bust, sculpted by Scott Myers, was unveiled at the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 8, 2009.[13]

A multi-use sports center was built in Randall's hometown of Avondale in 2010 and was named in his honor (Randall McDaniel Sports Complex).[14]

After 13 years of volunteering in schools, McDaniel said that he had been working in public schools since retirement.[15]

Minnesota Wild defenseman Dakota Mermis is his nephew.[16][17]


  1. ^ "George Halas, Randall McDaniel, Pop Warner and Vince Young to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2018". Tournament of Roses - Rose Bowl Game. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  2. ^ "News Article » Tribute to Randall McDaniel". Profootballhof.com. March 23, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jan. 10, 1999: Randall McDaniel is Vikings' old reliable | Star Tribune". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "Randall McDaniel | Arizona State | Vikings OG". Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "100 Day Sun Devil Football Countdown to Kickoff, #7: Randall McDaniel". August 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "1988 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-09-24.
  7. ^ "Patrick Reusse: Randall McDaniel, a quiet kind of class". StarTribune.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  8. ^ "Mind-blowing stats for the 2013 Pro Bowl". National Football League. January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "ESPN.com - NFL - All-Pro guard signs for 3 years, $6 million".
  11. ^ http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/38142-mcdaniel-returns-to-minnesota-to-retire[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Former Sun Devil Randall McDaniel Elected To Pro Football Hall of Fame - Arizona State University Official Athletic Site". Thesundevils.com. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  13. ^ "Hall of Famers » RANDALL MCDANIEL". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  14. ^ Phoenix Business Journal by Angela Gonzales (November 4, 2010). "Sports center opening marks phase 1 of Avondale complex - Phoenix Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012. ((cite web)): |author= has generic name (help)
  15. ^ "Hall of Fame chat: Randall McDaniel". NFL.com. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  16. ^ Russo, Michael (26 February 2021). "Who is the Wild's Dakota Mermis? To start, he's the nephew of Vikings legend Randall McDaniel". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  17. ^ Pyette, Ryan (31 January 2013). "OHL: Defenceman Dakota Mermis has a famous football uncle". The London Free Press. Retrieved 27 July 2021.