Legendary Minnesota sports figure and former Vikings head coach, Bud Grant, has passed away at the age of 95. Known for leading the Vikings to four Super Bowl appearances and earning induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Grant was widely respected both on and off the field.
Grant began his coaching career in 1957 as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League, where he led the team to six Grey Cups. He then joined the Vikings in 1967 and remained with the team until 1985, amassing a record of 151-87-5 and earning the nickname “The Dean of NFL Coaches.”
In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Grant was a World War II veteran who served in the United States Navy as a bomber pilot. He was also an avid outdoorsman who owned and operated a hunting and fishing resort in Canada.
The Minnesota sports community has been mourning Grant’s passing, with messages of condolence pouring in from current and former Vikings players, as well as other local sports figures. Governor Tim Walz issued a statement saying, “Bud Grant was a legend, a coach who embodied the values of hard work, dedication, and humility. His impact on the state of Minnesota and the NFL cannot be overstated.”
Funeral arrangements for Grant have not yet been announced.