It is time for the last spot in the Final Four of our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament to be decided, folks! In this one, the legendary coach of the Minnesota Vikings takes on a man who went from being undrafted in the NFL to the Hall of Fame.
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota
Acquired by Vikings: Became head coach prior to 1967 season
Seasons in Minnesota: 18 (1967-1983, 1985)
Position: Head Coach
How He Got Here: Defeated Ryan Longwell 153-6 in Round 1; Defeated Steve Jordan 177-16 in Round 20; Defeated Chris Doleman 145-38 in Round 3
What can you say about Bud Grant, seriously? In his tenure as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, his team went 159-96-5, bringing home the 1969 National Football League Championship and winning the NFC Championship on three other occasions. The Vikings were only below the .500 mark in four of Grant's 18 seasons roaming the Minnesota sidelines, and he personified the Minnesota Vikings of that era. . .incredibly tough, no-nonsense, and always prepared and ready to go. He truly is one of the greatest NFL coaches of his time or any other time.
Alma Mater: Texas A&M-Kingsville (then known as Texas A&I)
Acquired by Vikings: Signed as an undrafted free agent following the 1990 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 11 (1990-2000)
Position: Defensive tackle
How He Got Here: Defeated Henry Thomas 195-6 in Round 1; Defeated Bobby Bryant 158-16 in Round 2; Defeated Carl Eller 134-76 in Round 3
A guy who is on the short list of the greatest undrafted players in the history of the NFL, John Randle was a terror to opposing quarterbacks for much of the 1990s for the Vikings. (Seriously, the guy went undrafted when the draft was still twelve rounds long.) In all eleven seasons he spent in Minnesota, he played in all sixteen games, and registered double-digit sacks seven times in a row. He led the NFL in sacks from the defensive tackle position in 1997 with 15.5, and is the team's all-time leading sack artist with 114 in purple, 17.5 more than second place Chris Doleman. Randle was a seven-time Pro Bowler, a six-time All-Pro, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
If you need a primer on how the voting for our contest works, we have one for you at this link here. Remember, rec the comments to register your vote. Putting "Vote - Name" in the subject line of a post does not count.
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Voting is open for 24 hours, just like always, folks. Have at it!