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“In all due respect, Mr. President,” LeBeau added, “this business is a whole lot bigger.”

Randle couldn’t agree more. In a short but thorough thank-you speech, Randle admitted, “I am so humbled by this incredible honor which I never thought was possible. I’m a smalltown kid whose dream came true.”

Randle made six straight All-Pro teams (1993-98) and was chosen for seven Pro Bowls. He had a league-high 15 1/2 sacks in 1997.

Undrafted out of Texas A&I in 1990, Randle became known for a combination of speed and power. He made the other NFL teams pay for that draft oversight by averaging 11 1/2 sacks over a nine-year span with Minnesota.

Randle thanked the Vikings, “a team that believed in me and gave me a chance to play defensive line when most teams thought I was undersized” at 6-foot-1, 278 pounds.