Scott Studwell retiring from Vikings after draft

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Scott Studwell, the Vikings all-time leading tackler who has worked in the scouting department since 1991, will retire after the 2019 draft, the team announced Tuesday.

“I want to spend more time with my family,” Studwell told Vikings.com. “I know for a fact that, personally, I cannot do this on a part-time basis. I’m either all-in or I’m out. This is not a part-time job, and this is not a part-time business. 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 inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2009 and named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings in 2010.

His playing career ended after 214 games, a team-record 1,981 total tackles and two Pro Bowls.

He has spent the past 28 seasons in the personnel department, including is role as the team’s director of college scouting from 2002-2014.

22 responses to “Scott Studwell retiring from Vikings after draft

  1. I remember Studwell from back in the 80’s. He gave my Cowboys and every other team he faced fits. May he enjoy his retirement.

  2. I remember when he was a rookie. He eventually replaced Jeff Siemon, a very good LB himself. Siemon/Studwell and Matt Blair were a formidable pair of LBs. Those Vikings teams of the mid- to late-70s had a good collection of HoFers. It was hard to not like them since you never knew what Fran Tarkenton was going to do. One thing you could always count on….it could be thirty below zero and Bud Grant would be wearing a short sleeve shirt. He was a real tough guy. When they honored him recently it was cold outside and of course, there he was, nearing ninety years of age, wearing a short sleeve shirt. It was so fitting to a guy from a different era.

  3. What a great competitor and a great human being! I ran into him at a restaurant one time and he didn’t know me from Adam but he gave me two minutes and he treated me like he knew me as a longtime friend! Thanks for the memories Mr. Studwell!

  4. They used to have a thing called the NFL arm wrestling tournament, where two NFL players from each team competed against two players from other teams. One player was a heavyweight and the other was a “lightweight,” so they could compete against guys roughly the same size. Studwell played at about 225 pounds, so he was the lightweight, and I think the other Viking was a guard named Jim Hough. Well, Hough got hurt during the tournament, so Studwell competed not only in his own class but against the heavyweights as well. So 225-pound Studwell was competing against linemen weighing around 280 pounds and he wound up winning the tournament. I think he beat Ed White in the final. That would have been around 1981.

  5. He was a great solid and smart player for the Vikes and performed the same way in the personnel department. He will retire with the same number of superbowl rings as apeeswhippingstick, but likely 1000% more in personal achievement, character and money in the bank.

  6. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm
    They used to have a thing called the NFL arm wrestling tournament, where two NFL players from each team competed against two players from other teams. One player was a heavyweight and the other was a “lightweight,” so they could compete against guys roughly the same size. Studwell played at about 225 pounds, so he was the lightweight, and I think the other Viking was a guard named Jim Hough. Well, Hough got hurt during the tournament, so Studwell competed not only in his own class but against the heavyweights as well. So 225-pound Studwell was competing against linemen weighing around 280 pounds and he wound up winning the tournament. I think he beat Ed White in the final. That would have been around 1981.

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    The Vikings won something!

    Jk. Congrats on this dude’s retirement. He was a beast.

  7. Loved watching Studwell play; he played the game the way it should be played. He scouted a game last year at the college where I work – I recognized him immediately when he stepped off the elevator in our pressbox (looks like he could still play). I walked over to shake his hand, and we ended up talking Vikings for 30-45 minutes while waiting for the game to start. Total class act – acted like he’d known me for years , and even signed a Vikes mini-helmet I happened to have in my office. Best of luck, 55 – enjoy life!

  8. One of my favorite players ever. As a kid to me he epitomized a football player. He was tough, played full throttle and those eyes were on par with Mike Singletary. Thanks for all your work Scott!!

  9. @Rob Brzezinski is a Magician

    I watched that tournament as well. I thought he beat Joe Klecko of the Jets for the Championship. He was half the size of Klecko.

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