I can’t say I was surprised, but yet I was when learned of his decision to retire.. Scott Studwell was one of the best in my opinion as middle linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, but equally as valuable as a member of the Vikings organization.
Scott Studwell retiring from Vikings after draft https://t.co/tgBEspxtUE
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2019
He has spent the past 28 seasons in the personnel department, was the team’s Director of College Scouting from 2002 to 2014, and helped the franchise draft star players such as Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson and Harrison Smith.
This is not a part-time job, and this is not a part-time business,” Studwell said. “For me, it was either continue doing what you’re doing, or you have to call it quits. I want to spend more time with my wife, my family, my grandkids … it just feels like the right time to do it.
Studwell was drafted by the Vikings in the 9th round of the 1977 draft out of Illinois. He is the Vikings all-time leading tackler with 1,981 in his 14 season career (1977-90). He ranks as 1 of only 5 Vikings to have played 200 games for the franchise. He holds team records for single-season tackles with 230 in 1981 and 24 in a game against Detroit in 1985. He led the Vikings in tackles in 8 seasons, 1980-85, ’88, ’89. Not too bad for a 9th round pick! he will be missed.