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Randall McDaniel’s athletic prowess became evident early in his life. He was a three-year varsity football and basketball starter at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz. At ASU, he played on the Sun Devils offensive line and was named a First Team All-America pick in 1986 and 1987. He was later named to ASU’s All-Century Team and inducted into the university’s Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Arizona State Football Ring of Honor.
McDaniel spent 14 years in the National Football League, playing for the Minnesota Vikings and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He earned a record-setting 12 consecutive Pro Bowl selections and has been inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has been inducted into the Minnesota Vikings’ Ring of Honor, the National Football Foundation’s College Hall of Fame, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Randall McDaniel Sports Complex in Avondale is named in his honor.
McDaniel retired from professional football in 2001 and received his degree in education from ASU in 2002. By that time, he was working full-time as a basic skills instructor in the Robbinsdale, Minn., area schools. He currently works in a similar capacity in second grade special education in the Westonka (Minn.) Public Schools.
His volunteer efforts include operating Team McDaniel, a middle-school program that empowers students to make a difference in their communities through volunteerism.