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Sonny Randle
Date of birth: January 6, 1936 (1936-01-06) (age 74)
Place of birth: Cohasset, Virginia
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
Jersey №: 88, 83
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 19 / Pick: 218
 As player:
Chicago Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys
Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 4 (1960, 1961, 1962, 1965)
Honors: AP, UPI, and Sporting News 1st Team All-Pro (1960)

UPI 2nd Team All-Pro (1962)
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1991)

Playing stats at

Ulmo Shannon "Sonny" Randle, Jr. (born January 6, 1936 in Cohasset, Virginia) is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL (1959-1968), playing for the Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals before catching footballs for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys in his final professional season.[1]. In only his second season in the NFL, Randle led the league in receiving touchdowns with 15 and was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press (AP), The Sporting News and UPI at season's end.[1] All told Randle had 65 touchdown catches in 120 games during his career, currently placing him 12th on the NFL's all-time TD-per-game list (minimum 60 TDs).[2] His 65 TD catches were also the most in the NFL during the 1960s (Don Maynard caught 84 and Lance Alworth caught 77, but in the AFL). On November 4, 1962, Randle had one of the biggest games statistically by a wide receiver in NFL history as he caught 16 passes for 256 yards in a game against the New York Giants.[3] Randle finished the 1962 season with 63 receptions for 1,158 yards and 8 touchdown catches and was named second-team All-Pro by UPI. Randle once again passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in 1963, finishing with 1,014 yards on 51 catches, 8 of which went for touchdowns.

Since his retirement in 1968, Randle was the head coach for three years at East Carolina (1971-1973, after one year as an assistant coach), two years at Virginia(1974-1975), two seasons at Massanutten Military Academy (1976-1977), and five seasons at Marshall (1979-1983).[2]

Since the mid-1980s, Randle has been active in sports broadcasting, participating in radio broadcasts of college football games as a color commentator in St. Louis, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 1991 he became president of S-R Sports, a syndicated talk radio network based in Virginia.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
East Carolina (Independent) (1971–1973)
1971 East Carolina 4-6-0
1972 East Carolina 9-2-0
1973 East Carolina 9-2-0
East Carolina: 22-10-0
Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1974–1975)
1974 Virginia 4-7-0
1975 Virginia 1-10-0
Virginia: 5-17-0
Marshall (Southern Conference) (1979–1983)
1979 Marshall 1-10-0
1980 Marshall 2-8-1
1981 Marshall 2-9-0
1982 Marshall 3-8-0
1983 Marshall 4-7-0
Marshall: 12-42-1
Total: 39-69-1
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


Preceded by
Mike McGee (coach)
East Carolina Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Pat Dye
Preceded by
Frank Ellwood
Marshall Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Stan Parrish
Preceded by
Don Lawrence (coach)
Virginia Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Dick Bestwick


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