Legends of the 715: Bud Grant
Next up on our series Legends of the 715 is perhaps known for being the best head coach in Minnesota Vikings history, Bud Grant.
Coach Grant was born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1927 and graduated from high school from Superior.
After high school, he enlisted in the Navy then went on to the University of Minnesota. Later, he would be drafted in both the NBA and NFL. He ended up playing in the NBA first for two seasons and was an NBA champion in 1950 with the Minneapolis Lakers.
In 1951 he decided he wanted to play football so he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1951-1952. He made his name on the football playing field though by joining the Canadian Football League and playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1953-1956.
Coaching was his future though. He coached in the CFL from 1957-1966 for the Blue Bombers and won four Grey Cups.
He then was hired by the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and was was their head coach from 1967-1983, then again in 1985.
He lead the Vikings to four Super Bowl appearances, but was never able to win one.
But still, this 715 alum is one of the most successful football coaches in history. He is enshrined in both the Pro Football and Canadian Football Hall of Fames.
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