Saturday, June 7, 2014


If you're reading this blog and following this collection, you already know Bud Grant is the stoic Hall of Fame coach who led the Vikings to four Super Bowl appearances.  He is a giant of Minnesota sports on that alone.  In case that's not enough, though, Grant was a three-sport star for the University of Minnesota in the late 1940s, lettering in baseball, basketball, and football.  After college, he played two seasons of pro basketball for the Minneapolis Lakers, and was a part of their 1950 NBA Championship team.  He left the Lakers for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.  He played two years there, at two different positions: in 1951, as a defensive end, he led the league in sacks.  In 1952, he switched to offense and finished second in the NFL in receiving yards.  Bud Grant is still the only man to play in both the NBA and NFL.  But most importantly, he is the greatest coach in Vikings history.

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