Scott Studwell has never been one for the limelight.
The Vikings Ring of Honor member was honored to accept an award earlier this week, though, when he was inducted into the Star Tribune Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
Studwell took the stage for a few moments to reflect on his time with the Vikings.
"Obviously, I had no idea what life had in store for me," Studwell told a crowd of fans gathered in the Mall of America rotunda. "I was very lucky to be drafted by the Vikings and to come to a place where I was able to learn and grow – and where I was given everything I needed and allowed to do my job.
"I've been lucky to be surrounded by coaches and people who were great to work with and for," he added.
Studwell was recognized Wednesday as one of 10 legends and luminaries of Minnesota sports, including two of his former Vikings teammates and Pro Football Hall of Famers, Paul Krause and Mick Tingelhoff.
Tingelhoff (1962-78), Krause (1968-79) and Studwell (1977-90) all established lengthy and successful careers in Vikings purple.
As Mark Craig of the Star Tribune noted, of 27,145 men who have played in an NFL game, only 337 have played in at least 200 games. Tingelhoff played 240 games, Krause 226 and Studwell 201.
"We were team-first guys who respected the team, the fans, what it means to be a Viking," Krause told Craig. "Basically, everyone on Bud Grant's teams did that. We laced it up and played."
View photos of Vikings legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mick Tingelhoff.
To add to his career accolades by joining the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame means the world to Krause, who continues to hold the NFL record for interceptions with 81.
"It's a very, very great honor," Krause said. "Scott Studwell and Mick Tingelhoff, you know, those are two of my good friends. Scotty, I watched him play from being a rookie to being a star. It's just wonderful to be in with those kinds of people."
Krause's granddaughter, Maggie Malecha, accepted the award on behalf of Krause, who was out of town; Tingelhoff's award was accepted by the late center's wife, Phyllis.
View photos of Vikings legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Krause.
Below is the full Class of 2022 for the Star Tribune Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame:
Jean Freeman (Gophers swimmer, coach)
"Badger" Bob Johnson (coached Wisconsin; Minnesota native)
Paul Krause (Iowa; starred for Vikings)
Lou Nanne (Gophers)
Linda Roberts (Gophers)
Carol Ann Shudlick (Gophers)
Katie Smith (Ohio State; starred for Lynx)
Scott Studwell (Illinois; starred for Vikings)
Mychal Thompson (Gophers)
Mick Tingelhoff (Nebraska; starred for Vikings)