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The August Bud Grant Never Knew

Former Vikings coach Bud Grant is enjoying his life as a retired pro football coach, hunting and fishing in and around Minnesota. Some gems from this must read column by Dennis Anderson:

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“I can understand why Brett Favre doesn’t want to go to training camp,” said Grant, the retired Vikings coach. “I didn’t, either.”

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And this, which makes me laugh out loud:

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Over the years, the Vikings’ front office had

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received complaints about players speeding — some wildly so — on Hwy. 169 between Mankato and the Twin Cities.

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One August, Grant broke camp by warning his players to proceed at legal speeds to the Twin Cities.

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Instead he watched as they disassembled from Mankato in a mad dash.

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Whereupon Grant picked up a phone and dialed the State Patrol.

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The officers were expecting the call.

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“Here they come,” Grant said.

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I can’t believe he’s 83. Godspeed, Bud Grant, and thanks for the memories.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.