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The Minnesota Vikings are mourning the loss of their longtime head coach Bud Grant.
Grant coached the Vikings for 18 seasons and he had a career record of 158-96-5.
He coached them to the NFL championship in 1969.
He also led the Vikings to four NFC Championships during his tenure.
Grant is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
We are absolutely devastated to announce 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. pic.twitter.com/z2NNlNAY44
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 11, 2023
Grant left a lasting impact on the Vikings organization.
Many Vikings fans took time to reminisce about some of their favorite moments with Grant over the years.
This included when he did the coin toss at their outdoor playoff game back in 2016.
Never forget the playoff game coin toss in a polo shirt when it’s -20 out pic.twitter.com/MIe4UV7ANI
— Brent Stoughtenger (@BStoughtenger) March 11, 2023
That game went down as the third coldest in NFL history, but Grant remained unphased.
There were plenty of Vikings fans that grew up watching Grant’s teams and were inspired by what they saw.
When a coach is in one city for so long, they become beloved by many fans.
Rest well Bud. You were a hero to all of MN. I will never forget growing up watching your teams and learning about how wonderful a person and coach you were.
— JR (@JeffReineke) March 11, 2023
Even fans of opposing teams could respect what Grant did as a head coach.
Say what you will about the Vikings franchise, but Bud Grant oversaw one of the greatest decade runs in NFL history.
– 104-35-1 record
– 6 seasons above. 750 winning %
– 5 seasons with NFL’s top win %
– 9 division titles
– 4 NFC titles https://t.co/SUzIqVraKY
— Packers History (@HistoricPackers) March 11, 2023
Grant will forever go down as not just a Vikings legend, but a Minnesota legend.
He was 95 years old and had a run as good as anyone can ask for.
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