On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings held their final press conference before the 2019 NFL Draft takes place this Thursday. The final announcement of the press conference caused a lot of emotion in Eagan, and with good reason.
Rick Spielman has announced that Scott Studwell, who has been a part of the Vikings’ organization for over four decades, would be officially retiring.
Studwell first came to the Vikings as a player, as the purple drafted him in the ninth round of the 1977 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois. He spent 14 seasons with the Vikings as a player, and he retired in 1990 as the team’s all-time leading tackler. He still holds the team record for tackles in a season and tackles in a game. He was named to the Vikings’ 25th and 40th Anniversary teams, and was also named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings of All Time.
He spent his first season following his on-field retirement with the team as a Player Relations rep, and in 1992 he became the team’s Player Personnel Coordinator. He held that job until 2002, when he became the team’s Director of College Scouting.
Studwell stepped down from that position just after the 2014 NFL Draft, but remained a part of the team’s scouting department until today. At the press conference, he joked that he’s already had “two and a half retirements” from the Vikings, but made it clear that this would be the end of his run with the team.
Scott Studwell has been a part of the Minnesota Vikings’ organization for 42 years in some capacity. The only other people that are in that stratosphere that I can think of are Bud Grant and Fred Zamberletti. He truly is a legend in the annals of Minnesota Vikings history, and we wish him the best on his retirement from the Vikings’ scouting department.