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Scott Studwell

Studwell first came to the Vikings in 1977 as a linebacker drafted in the ninth round from Illinois and went on to play 14 seasons, collecting a team-record 1,981 tackles. He led the team in tackles in eight different seasons and was named to two Pro Bowls. Since retiring as a player in 1990, Studwell held a number of different positions within the organization. He was assistant to the president and in player relations in 1991 and player personnel coordinator from 1992-2001 before becoming director of college scouting in 2002. 

Here’s just a small sampling of players Studwell scouted and helped bring to the Vikings: Bryant McKinnie, Kevin Williams, E.J. Henderson, Chad Greenway, Cedric Griffin, Ray Edwards, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Brian Robison, John Sullivan, Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt, Everson Griffen, Christian Ponder, Kyle Rudolph, Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, Cordarrelle Patterson and the

Studwell’s place in team history was immortalized in 2009 when he was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor. A member of the Vikings’ 25th, 40th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams, Studwell holds team records for tackles in a career (1,981), season (230 in ‘81) and game (24 vs. Detroit in ‘85), as well as solo tackles in a career (1,308). No other player in Vikings history has over 1,500 career tackles. According to team media guides Studwell has more tackles with one organization than any other player in NFL history. In addition, Studwell is one of only five Minnesota players to participate in over 200 games during his career. He also played in 12 playoffs contests, including NFC Championship Games following the ‘77 and ‘87 seasons.