Two days after Randall McDaniel became the 9th Viking to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Vikings announced that former LB Scott Studwell will receive the highest honor the team can bestow upon an individual – Studwell will be the 18th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor.
"It was certainly a shock," Studwell said. "But it’s a tremendous honor to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the great individuals in our organization. The 33 years I’ve spent in this organization with so many great teammates, coaches, staff members and people has truly been an honor. This is just off the charts. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m thrilled and humbled."
The Vikings Ring of Honor recognizes Vikings legends for their contributions to the success of the team on and off the field. A Vikings LB for 14 years (1977-90) and now entering his 18th year in the Player Personnel department, Studwell has been a key figure in the organization for 33 years. He epitomizes what it means to be a Viking and he is one of the most endearing figures in franchise history. Studwell is also the standard by which all other Vikings LBs are measured.
Studwell is the Vikings career leader in combined tackles (1,981), defensive tackles (1,928), single-season tackles (230 - 1981) and single-game tackles (24 @ Detroit 11/17/85). A 9th round pick out of Illinois in 1977, Studwell was a 2-time Pro Bowler and was also named to the Vikings 25th and 40th Anniversary All-Time Teams.
"You know, 33 years in this organization," Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. "He loved what he did when he was playing, he loves what he is doing right now. He was chomping at the bit to get going to the University of Nebraska this afternoon. Obviously [it is] well-deserved. Having seen him as a guy that was a couple of years older than me in college, it seemed at that young age, I probably have a great appreciation for where he was at and where he's gone to."Currently, Studwell serves in the Vikings front office as Director of College Scouting. He was named to his current post in April of 2002, and his responsibilities include overseeing all college scouting efforts and preparations for the annual NFL Draft.