Yesterday, Tyler brought you the story of the Minnesota Vikings and their fans celebrating the life of legendary coach Bud Grant, who passed away back in March. Head coach Kevin O’Connell spoke at the ceremony that took place at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday and related a very nice story about his time with Coach Grant and a special gift that he received.
Spent some time with the @Vikings today, and man this is the coolest thing—before he passed, legendary coach Bud Grant gifted the tie he wore for his @ProFootballHOF induction to current coach Kevin O’Connell.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 24, 2023
In the inscription: “From Coach to Coach.” pic.twitter.com/Ih601xLvN9
As it turns out, Coach Grant gave O’Connell the tie that he wore on the day he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Now, he didn’t just give O’Connell the tie or anything. . .he framed it and presented it to him as something he could display going forward.
The gift had a message on it that reads as follows:
Remember a football isn’t round like a basketball or baseball. A football takes funny bounces. You never know which way it will go.
From Coach to Coach,
Gifted by Bud Grant to Kevin O’Connell
In his speech at Coach Grant’s ceremony, O’Connell said that he didn’t know him personally for very long, but their relationship had a great deal of impact on him. Now, he’ll always have something to remember that relationship with any time he wants to.
(Hat tip to the folks from Vikings Territory for catching this one first.)