Teaching a Different Playbook

Former NFL football player Randall McDaniel changes lives by teaching others.

Sports and school happen to be the two passions of Randall McDaniel’s life. McDaniel, a former offensive guard for the Vikings, used to dedicate his days to the field but now commits his time to the classroom. Since 2008, McDaniel has been a full-time paraprofessional at Hilltop Primary School in Mound.  

Football provided the platform that McDaniel uses to make a difference in the lives of others. For those of you who value education and want to take a few simple actions, he has a few suggestions:

  • Attend as many teacher conferences as you do extracurricular activities.
  • Know your children’s teacher as well as you know their coaches.
  • Have as many conversations about homework as you do about their sports, music and other activities.