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Burns coached for the Vikings for 24 seasons. He was Offensive Coordinator for 18 seasons from 1968-85 and Head Coach from 1986-91. He is the first coach in Vikings history to have a winning record in his first season (9-7 in 1986). He led the Vikings to the NFC Championship in 1987, earning upset wins over New Orleans and San Francisco along the way. As offensive coordinator, he helped the Vikings to 4 Super Bowl appearances and 11 Central Division titles. Burns was part of 15 playoff teams during his 24 seasons with Minnesota. He was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor on November 6, 2005.