Vikings legend Bud Grant was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Superior, Wisconsin on Wednesday as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Bud Grant and Superior High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Superior.”
The presentation will be made by Bob Towns, Grant’s former high school classmate and teammate. In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Bud Grant “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Superior.
Grant is the most revered figure in Vikings lore. He was head coach of the Vikings for 18 seasons (1967-83, 1985) and in that time compiled a regular season record of 158-96-5 while guiding the Vikings to 11 NFC/NFL divisional championships, claiming titles in 1968-71, 1973-78 and 1980. The Vikings won the NFL title in 1969 and played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, XI under Grant.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Grant went 102-56-2 as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, guiding the club to 4 Grey Cup titles in 6 title game appearances. Grant also played 6 years of professional football, 2 with the Philadelphia Eagles and 4 with the Blue Bombers. He holds the pro football record for most INTs in a game with 5 vs. Saskatchewan (10/28/53). Grant also played 2 seasons with the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers and won the 1949-50 NBA Championship.
Grant was born on May 20, 1927, in Superior, WI and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July of 1994. He is the first person to be elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enterprises
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated to educating, preserving, and honoring the great individuals and moments that have shaped the sport’s history with the largest collection in the world of artifacts and documents. The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 50 Years 2012-13. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises represents the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its members in the creation of commercial ventures, featuring Hall of Famers to serve the mission of the PFHOF to enable football fans and the general public to have greater access and interactions with Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame.
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