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National High School Hall of Fame to induct former Sun Devil


June 28, 2011

The National High School Hall of Fame introduced its class of 2011, which includes Arizona State University former football player Randall McDaniel. The NFHS Hall of Fame was created in 1982 and honors high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, fine arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs.

McDaniel attended Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona, where he was a three-year varsity starter and two-time all-state selection in football and basketball. McDaniel was also a member of the baseball and track and field teams, where he set the school record in the 100-meter dash as a senior.

At ASU, McDaniel was a four-year starter and a born leader. At offensive-guard, he was named a First Team All-America in 1986 and '87, and he led the Sun Devils to three bowl berths during his career, including ASU's first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl in 1987. McDaniel was a two-time First Team All-Conference pick, and he earned the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's best offensive lineman. He also led the Sun Devils to a conference title in 1986 and is now a member of ASU's All-Century Team and the ASU Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1988, the Minnesota Vikings selected McDaniel in the first round of the NFL draft. He played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings and Tampa Bay and earned 12 trips to the Pro Bowl. He was named the NFL/True Value Man of the Year for his charity work in 1996. McDaniel created an after school program for disadvantaged children called "Hands On." He also developed the R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Challenge Kids) Foundation, which serves as an umbrella organization for community initiatives. McDaniel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 29th class of the National High School Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, July 2, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. It has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives since 1920. The NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. This year's Hall of Fame class increases the number to 386 members. The inductees were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. To learn more about the NFHS, visit www.nfhs.org.