On Friday, during a half-time ceremony, Grant was inducted into The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ring of Honour; he is the seventh Blue Bomber to receive the distinction.
Before leading the Minnesota Vikings to four Super Bowl Championships, Head Coach took Winnipeg to six Grey Cups from 1957-66, winning four of them (1958, 59, 61 and 62). He was named the Canadian Football League’s coach, in 1965.
In front of the Blue Bombers faithful’s, Grant said, “You can't be here by yourself. There's so many people who contribute to whatever success you might have. You're the figurehead... but you didn't do it. You can't ever believe it's because of you. It's because of all the people working with you."
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, Grant is currently the Vikings’ team consultant and operates out of the team’s headquarters daily.
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer knows what a privilege it is to have a Gold Jacket down the hall from his office and at his fingertips for guidance.
In an interview with www.vikings.com, Zimmer expressed his gratitude for Grant.
“When I first got here, I'd come up and talk to him about things, and he always has great advice," Zimmer said. "It's an unbelievable honor - I get an opportunity every day to walk in the hallway in the cafeteria and see his Hall of Fame picture, or I walk into the field house and see his picture up here. Not only is it unbelievable to have him here, but that's always the goal."
Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller said that Grant is recognized and revered not only in Winnipeg but in Minnesota and throughout both the CFL and NFL.
"After his career here in Winnipeg, he left for the Vikings and became an icon with that franchise, too," Miller said. "He is the first coach in history to appear in both the Grey Cup and Super Bowl. His accomplishments are truly incredible, and we couldn't be happier to add his name to the Ring of Honour."
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