BUD GRANT

BUD GRANT

Class of 1994
Coach
(Minnesota)
1967-1983, 1985 Minnesota Vikings

Harold Peter Grant, Jr. . .NFL coaching tenure began in 1967. . .NFL record: 168-108-5. . .Led Vikings to 11 divisional championships in 1968 through 1971, 1973 through 1978, 1981. . .Won 1969 NFL championship, NFC titles in 1973, 1974, 1976. . .Nine-letter athlete at Minnesota. . .Played in NBA, NFL, CFL before embarking on coaching career in Winnipeg. . . Born May 20, 1927, in Superior, Wisconsin.

In Bud Grant's 18 years as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from1967 through 1983 and a one-year final stint in 1985, his teams compiled a .620 winning percentage (158-96-5) in regular-season play. His 168 coaching triumphs, counting 10 post-season wins, place him among the all-time greatest coaches.

At the time of his retirement, only George Halas, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Curly Lambeau, Chuck Noll, Chuck Knox and Paul Brown had engineered more wins in pro football play. Grant, who had just completed a 10-year -tenure as head coach of the highly successful Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, took over the Vikings in 1967.

In just his second season in 1968, he launched the Vikings on a string of championship seasons rarely equaled in sports competition. From 1968 through 1978, the Vikings won the NFL/NFC Central Division 10 times in 11 seasons, missing only in 1972. During that span, the Vikings won the 1969 NFL championship and NFC titles in 1973, 1974 and 1976.

Grant's Minnesota teams appeared in four Super Bowls. An NFC Central title in 1980 gave Grant a total of 11 championship teams. Born May 20, 1927, in Superior, Wisconsin, Grant became a nine-letterman athlete at the University of Minnesota. He was a two time All-Big Ten end in football, a two-year baseball star and a three-year basketball regular.

Although a first-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1950, Grant postponed his NFL debut to play for the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA. He played two years with the Lakers, who won the NBA title each year. In 1951, Bud turned to pro football with the Eagles. He played on defense as a rookie and then became the No. 2 pass receiver in the NFL with 56 catches in 1952.

Year Team W L T Pct. W L Pct. W L T Pct Division Finish
Minnesota 1967 3 8 3 .321               4th - NFC*
Minnesota 1968 8 6 0 .571 0 1 .000         1st - NFL Central
Minnesota 1969 12 2 0 .857 2 1 .667         1st - NFL Central
Minnesota 1970 12 2 0 .857 0 1 .000         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1971 11 3 0 .786 0 1 .000         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1972 7 7 0 .500               3rd - NFC Central
Minnesota 1973 12 2 0 .857 2 1 .667         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1974 10 4 0 .714 2 1 .667         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1975 12 2 0 .857 0 1 .000         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1976 11 2 1 .821 2 1 .667         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1977 9 5 0 .643 1 1 .500         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1978 8 7 1 .531 0 1 .000         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1979 7 9 0 .438               3rd - NFC Central
Minnesota 1980 9 7 0 .563 0 1 .000         1st - NFC Central
Minnesota 1981 7 9 0 .438               4th - NFL Central
Minnesota 1982 5 4 0 .556 1 1 .500         4th - NFL Central
Minnesota 1983 8 8 0 .500               4th -NFC Central
Minnesota 1985 7 9 0 .438               3rd - NFC Central
Career Total 158 96 5 .620 10 12 .455 168 108 5 .607  
*Strike year format
Full Name: Harold Peter Grant, Jr.

Birthdate: May 20, 1927

Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin

High School: Central (Superior, Wis.)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 29, 1994

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 30, 1994

Presenter: Sid Hartman, Sports editor Minneapolis Star

Other Members of Class of 1994: Tony Dorsett, Jimmy Johnson, Leroy Kelly, Jackie Smith, Randy White


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