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Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton - Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton and the 1972 Vikings - I was 10 years old and it was the summer of 1972 and my family was back in Mankato, MN visiting friends. We used to live there in the '60s. My dad and I went to the Vikings practice on the campus of Mankato State. When the practice was over, Bud Grant and Fran Tarkenton were walking out of the stadium, I jumped in front of them to get their autograph. Tarkenton said "Not now kid". My dad told me "That's OK. We'll see them later." We went over to the "Stadium Pizza" that was near the stadium. He took me to a door with stairs just inside, and as we walked in, my dad said to follow that waitress down the stairs, so I did. Almost the whole Vikings team was down there, and the first player I walked up to was Bill Brown and he took me to every table to get their autographs. One of the first was Fran Tarkenton's table. My dad was right, Fran was so cool he remembered me jumping out in front of him after his practice. I never saw Bud Grant again but that was OK, I was with "his" Vikings.
Paul S. - Posted: October 10, 2006

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