Bud Grant

Bud Grant ( born May 20, 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin ) is an American former American football player and coach. He is known primarily for his successes as the coach of the Minnesota Vikings, with whom he was in 1969 NFL champion and three times the Super Bowl reached.


Playing career

Grant, in 1950 both in the NFL, as also in the NBA Draft, where he undertook both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minneapolis Lakers. Grant opted for basketball and graduated two years with the Lakers. Then he decided to end his basketball career and inquired of the Eagles, who took him under contract again. He played in his first NFL year as a defensive end and changed the following season at the position of wide receiver. When the latter caught him reach 56 balls for 997 yards and seven touchdowns. Although the Philadelphia Eagles were willing to extend Grants treaty, it decided in the precursor ligand of the Canadian Football League to change. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers he remained until 1956 and ended his active career there.

Coaching career

Random studied the Blue Bombers at the end of the season a new coach. The former club president J. T. Russell put his trust in Grant and gave him the position of head coach. He led the team in ten seasons six times in the Grey Cup and won it four times. In 1965 he was elected to the CFL Coach of the Year. He arrived at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a total of 122 victories in 66 defeats and three draws. 1967, however, the Minnesota Vikings - founder Max Winter Grant to undertake as a coach, after he had already rejected an offer in 1961.

Even with the Vikings Bud Grant quickly celebrated its first successes. Already in his second year he led the team to its first playoff game. A year later he was again on offer this service, however, would NFL champion and failed only in Super Bowl IV to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was followed by three more Super Bowl playoffs (VIII, IX, XI), the Grant with the Vikings also lost each. After the end of the 1983 season, he retired from office. Due to the lack of success under head coach Les Steckel jumped Bud Grant in 1985 another year, ended with the end of the season but finally his coach commitment.