Coach Bud Grant’s Death Brings Tears to Vikings’ Fans
It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant’s death at the age of 95. May he rest in peace.
Harry Peter “Bud” Grant Jr. was born on May 20, 1927, in Superior Wisconsin. He played in the NBA, the NFL, and the CFL.
Grant was the oldest living NBA champion, a member of the 1950 Minneapolis Lakers. He later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The star coached the Blue Bombers from 1957 to 1966, taking the job at the age of 29. The coach won four Grey Cups with the Blue Bombers.
In 1967, he succeeded Norm Van Brocklin as head coach of the Vikings. Bud took the Vikings to Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl IX, and Super Bowl XI.
Grant coached the team until 1983, retiring for one year and then returning after a disastrous 3-13 season under Les Steckel.
He was known for an always-stoic sideline demeanor and had a record of 168-108-5 in his National Football League coaching career. Bud went 118-64-3 in the CFL. In all, he coached 466 games, winning 286 times.
Bud was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Vikings Ring of Honor. Grant was the CFL coach of the year in 1965 and the NFL coach of the year in 1969.
“If you’re going to succeed, survive is maybe a better word,” Bud said during his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech in 1994 in Canton, Ohio, U.S. “You’ve got to handle losing. You die every time you lose, but you’ve got to get over it.”
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Bud Grant’s Death at 95 Breaks Hearts
Legendary coach Bud Grant’s death was announced by the Vikings on Saturday (March 11, 2023). His cause of death has not been announced at this time.
‘We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that legendary Minnesota Vikings head coach and Hall of Famer Bud Grant has passed away this morning at age 95. We, like all Vikings and NFL fans, are shocked and saddened by this terrible news,” the Vikings said in a statement.
Luke Braun tweeted: “If the winter materialized into a human man, that man would be Bud Grant. Not only did he rescue the Vikings from terminal irrelevance, he build a framework and culture that permeates to this day. He *is* the Vikings, and will continue to be the Vikings posthumously. RIP Bud.”
Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a statement: “There are so many adjectives appropriate to describe Coach Bud Grant: legendary, determined, successful.”
“Underneath his outwardly stoic demeanor that some misunderstood as a coldness laid the warm heart of a man who truly loved his players and the sport of football,” Porter added.
“Coach Grant remained connected to the Hall well into his 90s, often reaching out to staff members in Canton to share his opinions about the game and how the Hall was representing it and his beloved Minnesota Vikings.
“The Hall sends its condolences to the entire Vikings organization and Grant family. We will preserve his legacy forever in Canton.”
Alex Micheletti said on Twitter: “I’ll never forget Bud Grant going out to do the coin toss in his polo shirt at Huntington Bank Stadium for the Vikings Vs Seahawks playoff game in -25 degrees with the wind chill.”
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