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Finks served as the Vikings General Manager and Vice President from 1964-1973. He had a knack for developing teams with losing records into winners. He did this for the Bears (1974-1982), Saints (1986-1993) and the Vikings. During his time with the Vikings, the team posted a 42-14 record. He hired the notorious Bud Grant from the CFL in 1967. The team also appeared in Super Bowls IV and VIII under his guidance. In 1973, he was named as the NFL Executive of the Year. He passed away on May 8, 1994 and was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29, 1995. The Vikings inducted him into the Ring of Honor on October 18, 1998.