Harry Peter "Bud" Grant Jr. (born May 20, 1927) is a former head coach and player of American football, Canadian football, and a former basketball player in the NBA. Grant served as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons; he was the team's second (1967–83) and fourth (1985) head coach. Before coaching the Vikings, he was the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for ten seasons, winning the Grey Cup four times. Grant is the most successful coach in Vikings history, and the third most successful professional football coach overall (behind Don Shula and George Halas), with a combined 290 wins in the NFL and CFL. Grant was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He was the first coach in the history of professional football to guide teams to the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl.
Grant attended the University of Minnesota and was a three-sport athlete, in football, basketball, and baseball. After college, he played for the Minneapolis Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
|Position:||Wide receiver, defensive end|
|Born:||May 20, 1927|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||199 lb (90 kg)|
|High school:||Superior (WI) Central|
|NFL Draft:||1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||CFL: 102–56–2 (.644)|
NFL: 158–96–5 (.620)
|Postseason:||CFL: 16–8–1 (.660)|
NFL: 10–12 (.455)
|Career:||CFL: 118–64–3 (.646)|
NFL: 168–108–5 (.607)
|Player stats at PFR|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Bud Grant was born on May 20, 1927, in Superior, Wisconsin, to Harry Peter Sr. and Bernice Grant. His mother called him "Buddy Boy", which later became "Bud". As a child, Grant was diagnosed with poliomyelitis and a doctor suggested he become active in sports to strengthen his weakened leg muscles over time. He started with baseball, adding basketball and football as he got older. Due to a lack of organized school teams, he arranged football games between neighborhoods and contacted kids from other schools to participate. During weekends, he would spend time outdoors alone hunting rabbits. In his late teens and college years, he played organized baseball in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Bud married Pat (formerly Patricia Bellew; born March 28, 1927) in 1950, and they had six children. Their son Mike Grant has been the football head coach for Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota since 1992. Mike Grant has coached Eden Prairie to ten state championships since 1996. Bud Grant's grandson Ryan Grant was a quarterback and linebacker at Eden Prairie and played at the University of Minnesota (2008–2012) as a linebacker. Bud's granddaughter Jenny is married to former NFL quarterback Gibran Hamdan. Pat Grant died in 2009, of Parkinson's disease.
Grant played football, basketball, and baseball at Superior Central High School (Wisconsin). He graduated from high school in 1945 and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois and played on the football team coached by Paul Brown. Using an acceptance letter from the University of Wisconsin–Madison to be discharged from the service, Grant decided to attend the University of Minnesota instead. He was a three-sport, nine-letterman athlete in football, basketball, and baseball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, earning All-Big Ten honors in football twice.
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NBA draft||1950 / Round: 4|
|Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
After leaving the University of Minnesota, Grant was selected in both the NFL and NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round (fourteenth overall) of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and fourth round (forty-second overall) selection of the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950 NBA draft. He played thirty-five games during the 1949–50 NBA season and signed with the Lakers for the 1950–51 NBA season. He chose to continue his basketball career with the Lakers because they were local and because he was offered a raise to stay for the season. Grant's close personal friend, Sid Hartman, was the Lakers' general manager, which may have influenced his decision to remain with the team. He averaged 2.6 points per game in his two seasons as a reserve with the Lakers and was a member of the 1950 championship team.
After two seasons in the NBA, Grant decided to end his professional basketball career. He contacted the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and agreed to play for the team during the 1951 NFL season. In his first season with the Eagles, Grant played as a defensive end and led the team in sacks (an unofficial statistic at the time). He switched to offense as a wide receiver for his second season with the club and ranked second in the NFL for receiving yardage, with 997 yards on fifty-six catches, including seven touchdowns.
Grant's contract expired at the end of the 1952 NFL season and the Eagles refused to pay him what he thought he was worth. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL had been interested in Grant while in college. Grant left for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1953 and became the first professional player to "play out his option" and leave for another team. He played for the Blue Bombers until 1956 as an offensive end and was named a Western Conference all-star three times. He led the Western Conference in pass receptions for the 1953, 1954, and 1956 seasons and receiving yards for the 1953 and 1956 seasons. He also holds the distinction of having five interceptions in a playoff game, played on October 28, 1953, which is a CFL record. The Blue Bombers played for the Grey Cup in 1953, but lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 41st Grey Cup game.
Blue Bombers management decided that they needed a new coach prior to the 1957 season. On January 30, 1957, Grant accepted the Blue Bombers head coaching position after impressing management with his ability to make adjustments on offense and defense as a player. Club president J. T. Russell thought that Grant could coach even though nobody else did. Grant would remain the head coach of the Blue Bombers until 1966. At age 29 (he would be 30 by the time he coached his first game), Grant became the youngest head coach in CFL history.
During his ten seasons as head coach in Winnipeg, he led the team to six Grey Cup appearances, winning the championship four times in 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962. He finished his Blue Bombers coaching career with a regular season record of 105 wins, 53 losses, and two ties and an overall record of 122 wins, 66 losses, and 3 ties. Grant was the CFL Coach of the Year in 1965. Grant took on additional responsibilities as a club manager between 1964 and 1966. Max Winter, the Minnesota Vikings founder, contacted Grant in 1961 and asked him to coach the new NFL expansion team. Grant declined the offer and remained in Winnipeg until 1967 when Winter and General Manager Jim Finks were successful in luring Grant to Minnesota.
Grant continued his coaching success in the NFL as he took over from original coach, Norm Van Brocklin. Over his tenure as Vikings head coach, Grant was known for instilling discipline in his teams and displaying a lack of emotion during games. He believed that football is a game of controlled emotion and teams would not follow the coach's lead if he were to panic or lose his poise during the course of a game. He required his team to stand at attention in a straight line during the entire national anthem played before the game and even had national anthem practice. Grant required outdoor practice during the winter to get players used to the cold weather and would not allow heaters on the sidelines during games.
Grant and Finks orchestrated a rare trade in between leagues, which brought Joe Kapp from the British Columbia Lions to the Vikings. In return, the Vikings sent Jim Young, a Canadian-born player, back to his native country.
In his second year, Grant led the team to a divisional championship and his first NFL playoffs appearance. In 1969, he led the team to its first NFL Championship and their first appearance in the Super Bowl. The Vikings lost in Super Bowl IV to the American Football League champion Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to the 1970 season, Minnesota released Joe Kapp. After starting Gary Cuozzo at quarterback in 1970 and 1971, the Vikings re-acquired Fran Tarkenton prior to the 1972 season. During the 1970s, the Vikings would appear in three more Super Bowls (VIII, IX, and XI) under Grant and lose each one, but he was the first coach to lead a team to four Super Bowls. He retired after the 1983 NFL season and was succeeded by Les Steckel, who led the team to a 3–13 record the following season. Steckel was fired as head coach after the 1984 season and Grant returned as coach for the Vikings in 1985. After one season where he returned the club to a 7–9 record, he stepped down again. Grant retired as the eighth most successful coach in NFL history with an overall record of 161 wins, 99 losses, and 5 ties. As of 2014, he also remains the most successful coach in Vikings history. During his tenure with the Vikings, he led the Vikings to four Super Bowls, eleven division titles, one league championship and three NFC conference championships.
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|WPG||1957||12||4||0||.750||2nd in W.I.F.U||2||1||0.667||Lost to Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 45th Grey Cup|
|WPG||1958||13||3||0||.813||1st in WIFU Conference||2||0||1.000||Won over Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 46th Grey Cup|
|WPG||1959||12||4||0||.750||1st in West Conference||2||0||1.000||Won over Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 47th Grey Cup|
|WPG||1960||14||2||0||.875||1st in West Conference||0||1||.000||Lost to Edmonton Eskimos in Conference Finals|
|WPG||1961||13||3||0||.813||1st in West Conference||2||0||1.000||Won over Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 49th Grey Cup|
|WPG||1962||11||5||0||.688||1st in West Conference||2||0||1.000||Won over Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 50th Grey Cup|
|WPG||1963||7||9||0||.438||4th in West Conference||-||-||-||-|
|WPG||1964||1||14||1||.094||5th in West Conference||-||-||-||-|
|WPG||1965||11||5||0||.688||2nd in West Conference||2||1||.667||Lost to Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 53rd Grey Cup|
|WPG||1966||8||7||1||.531||2nd in West Conference||1||1||.500||Lost to Saskatchewan Roughriders in Conference Finals|
|MIN||1967||3||8||3||.273||4th in NFL Central||-||-||-||-|
|MIN||1968||8||6||0||.571||1st in NFL Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Baltimore Colts in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1969||12||2||0||.857||1st in NFL Central||2||1||.667||Won NFL Championship. Lost to Chiefs in Super Bowl IV|
|MIN||1970||12||2||0||.857||1st in NFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to San Francisco 49ers in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1971||11||3||0||.786||1st in NFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Dallas Cowboys in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1972||7||7||0||.500||3rd in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|MIN||1973||12||2||0||.857||1st in NFC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VIII|
|MIN||1974||10||4||0||.714||1st in NFC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl IX|
|MIN||1975||12||2||0||.857||1st in NFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Dallas Cowboys in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1976||11||2||1||.821||1st in NFC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI|
|MIN||1977||9||5||0||.643||1st in NFC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Championship Game|
|MIN||1978||8||7||1||.531||1st in NFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Los Angeles Rams in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1979||7||9||0||.438||3rd in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|MIN||1980||9||7||0||.563||1st in NFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1981||7||9||0||.438||4th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|MIN||1982*||5||4||0||.556||4th in NFC||1||1||.500||Lost to Washington Redskins in Divisional Round|
|MIN||1983||8||8||0||.500||4th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|MIN||1985||7||9||0||.438||3rd in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
After retiring, Grant became a less prominent public figure and focused on hunting and fishing and supporting environmental reforms. He has been a spokesperson against Native American hunting and fishing treaty rights in Minnesota. In 1993, Grant's efforts resulted in a death threat. In 2005, he spoke at a Capitol rally in Minnesota for the conservation of wetlands, wetland wildlife, and water. Grant addressed 5,000 supporters, saying, "In this legislative session, we want to see some action. It's more important than any stadium they could ever build in this state."
The 1948 All-Big Nine Conference football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Big Nine Conference teams selected by the Associated Press (AP), United Press (UP) and the International News Service (INS) for the 1948 Big Nine Conference football season. Players selected as first-team honorees by the AP, UP and INS are displayed in bold.
Michigan compiled a 9–0 record, won both the Big Nine Conference and national football championships, and had four players who were selected as consensus first-team All-Big Nine players. Michigan's consensus first-team honorees were quarterback Pete Elliott, end Dick Rifenburg, tackle Alvin Wistert, guard Dominic Tomasi.
Other players receiving first-team honors from at least two of the three major selectors were Indiana halfback George Taliaferro, Purdue halfback Harry Szulborski, Northwestern fullback Art Murakowski, Minnesota end Bud Grant, Minnesota guard Leo Nomellini, and Northwestern center Alex Sarkisian.1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
The 1949 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1949 Big Nine Conference football season. In their 15th year under head coach Bernie Bierman, the Golden Gophers compiled a 7–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 231 to 80.Tackle Leo Nomellini was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press (AP), Look Magazine, and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Center Clayton Tonnemaker was named an All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, AP, Collier's/Grantland Rice, Look Magazine, Football Writers Association of America and the AFCA. Nomellini, Tonnemaker and end Bud Grant were named All-Big Ten first team.Bud Grant was awarded the Team MVP Award.Total attendance for the season was 305,200, which averaged to 61,040. The season high for attendance was against Wisconsin.1984 Minnesota Vikings season
The 1984 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a 3–13 record, their worst record since the AFL–NFL merger, later equaled by the 2011 team, and the team's second worst overall record by win percentage (only 1962 was worse). The Vikings' 484 points allowed (30.3 average points per game) was the most by any NFL team between 1983 and 2000, and the most any Vikings team allowed in one season.
The team was coached by Les Steckel after Bud Grant retired; after the bad season, Steckel was fired and Bud Grant was re-hired.1985 Minnesota Vikings season
The 1985 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 25th season in the National Football League The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and nine losses.
Bud Grant returned to coach the Vikings after a year absence. Following the season, Grant retired for good after 18 years with the franchise.Bud Grant (broadcaster)
B. Donald "Bud" Grant (February 7, 1932 – July 1, 2011) was an American television executive. He served as the President of CBS Entertainment from 1980 until 1987. He was credited with spearheading some of CBS' best known shows of the 1980s, including Newhart and Murder, She Wrote.Grant was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of Science in business from Johns Hopkins University. He served from 1953 to 1955 in the U.S. Coast Guard.Grant left CBS in 1987 and founded his own production company, Bud Grant Productions. He would later form Grant/Tribune Prods., which produced for Tribune Broadcasting and Walt Disney Studios.Grant died in Newport Beach, California, on July 1, 2011.Cornel Piper
Cornel Piper (April 2, 1937 – September 2, 2018) was a Canadian offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League from 1957 to 1967 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Piper won four Grey Cups with Winnipeg. He died on September 2, 2018.Frank Rigney
Frank Rigney (April 9, 1936 – June 29, 2010) was an offensive tackle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.Garland Warren
J. Garland Warren (May 19, 1935 – May 3, 2010) was a Canadian football player who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He won the Grey Cup with Winnipeg in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962. He played college football at the University of North Texas. In 2010, he died, aged 74.Herb Gray (Canadian football)
Herb Gray (June 12, 1934 – January 21, 2011) was an All-American from the University of Texas who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1956 to 1965.Ken Ploen
Kenneth "Ken" Ploen [PLAYN], (born June 3, 1935) is a former star quarterback in American college football and for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).Leo Lewis (running back)
Leo Everett Lewis Jr. (February 4, 1933 – August 30, 2013) was an American college football player (running back) for Lincoln University of Missouri in the 1950s (1951–54), who continued his success with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (1955–1966).List of Grey Cup-winning head coaches
This is a list of Grey Cup winning head coaches.List of Minnesota Vikings head coaches
The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). The club was founded by Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter in 1959 as a member of the American Football League. However, they forfeited their membership in January 1960 and became the National Football League's 14th franchise in 1961.There have been nine head coaches in the history of the franchise, beginning with Norm Van Brocklin, who was head coach for six seasons between 1961 and 1967. Van Brocklin's successor, Bud Grant, is the only coach to have had more than one tenure with the franchise, and also the only one to have won an NFL championship with the team, at the 1969 NFL Championship Game. Grant is the all-time leader in games coached (243), wins (151), and winning percentage (.622). Les Steckel has the worst winning percentage of the franchise's nine head coaches (.188), with just three wins in his only season in charge. Two Vikings coaches have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Grant and Van Brocklin, although Van Brocklin was elected for his playing career. Mike Tice is the only former Vikings player to have become a head coach for the franchise. The most recent coach was former defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who took over as interim head coach from Brad Childress after the latter was fired on November 22, 2010. Frazier held the position permanently from January 3, 2011, until December 30, 2013, when he was fired after compiling a 21–32–1 record as head coach. On January 15, 2014, the Vikings appointed Mike Zimmer as the team's ninth head coach.Miracle at the Met
The Miracle at the Met refers to the Minnesota Vikings' comeback win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 15 of the 1980 NFL season. The Vikings trailed 23–9 in the fourth quarter, but won after Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer passed for two touchdowns to wide receiver Ahmad Rashad in the last two minutes, including a 46-yard Hail Mary pass caught with one hand on the last play of the game. The final play is also known as the "Miracle Catch." The Vikings won, 28–23.Nick Miller (Canadian football)
Nick Miller (born September 15, 1931) was a Canadian football player who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He won the Grey Cup with Winnipeg in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962.Rick Potter
Rick Potter (born March 10, 1938) was a Canadian football player who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts. He won the Grey Cup with Winnipeg in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962. He played junior football in Toronto previously.Ron Yary
Anthony Ronald Yary (born July 16, 1946) is a former professional American football offensive tackle, playing primarily for the Minnesota Vikings and also for the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Yary gave credit for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction to his former coaches, John Ashton (high school) John McKay (college) and Bud Grant (professional). He also praised his position coaches Marv Goux, Dave Levy, John Michaels and Jerry Burns.Stephen Patrick
Stephen Clifford Patrick (born as Stephen Patrebka, March 24, 1932 – January 11, 2014) was a Canadian politician and athlete. Patrick was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1962 to 1977.Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (officially the Winnipeg Football Club) are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.The Blue Bombers were founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Football Club, which remains the organization's legal name today. Since that time, they have won the league's Grey Cup championship 10 times, most recently in 1990. With 10 wins, they have the third-highest win total in the Grey Cup although they are currently the team with the longest Grey Cup drought. The Blue Bombers were the first team not located in Ontario or Quebec to win a championship and hold the record for most Grey Cup appearances with 24.
Bud Grant—awards, championships, and honors