We're moving through the second round of our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament. In this match-up, the greatest coach in Minnesota Vikings history does battle with one of his former players. . .not to mention the greatest tight end in team history.
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
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: Brown University
Acquired by Vikings: Round 7, 1982 NFL Draft
Seasons in Minnesota: 13 (1982-1994)
Position: Tight End
How He Got Here: Defeated Steve Hutchinson 164-54 in Round 1
Steve Jordan is probably the most prolific tight end in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. In his thirteen seasons in Minnesota, he racked up 6,307 yards on 498 catches. Those numbers put him sixth in Vikings' history in terms of yardage and fifth in terms of receptions. He was also selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986 to 1991. Jordan was a steady presence for the Vikings, with his underrated blocking skills complementing what he brought in the passing game for Minnesota's version of the West Coast offense.
The Jordan catch in the highlight video above comes at about the 35-second mark of the clip.
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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