Mention the name "Bud" to football fans in Minnesota and they will immediately assume you are talking about Bud Grant. A sports legend in the state from his days at the University of Minnesota--where earned nine letters in football, basketball, and baseball--Grant sealed his place in Twin Cities history by coaching the Vikings for a remarkable 18 seasons and leading the team to four Super Bowls. Years after his retirement he remains a revered figure, and fans have been eagerly awaiting this autobiography of a man they loved but did not always understand. In I Did It My Way, Grant tells the story of his remarkable life for the first time, sharing several never-before-told stories. He recalls surviving polio as a child and becoming a successful multisport star in college before playing both basketball and baseball professionally. He recounts his early coaching career in Canada, where he led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to four championships before heading south of the border to become the second head coach in Vikings history. Grant recalls in vivid detail his 18 seasons on the Vikings sideline, including the Vikings' four trips to the Super Bowl. He shares stories about legendary players, including quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton and Joe Kapp and the defensive line of Alan Page, Carl Eller, Jim Marshall, and Gary Larsen--better known as the Purple People Eaters. He shares the inside story of his controversial retirement in 1983 and return to the sideline in 1985. The beloved coach reflects on his unique beliefs and idiosyncrasies, including his famous love of cold-weather football and prohibition of gloves and sideline heaters. In retirement, Grant has worked as a consultant for the Vikings, playing a role in securing the team's new stadium. A lifetime outdoorsman, he is an outspoken champion for hunting, fishing, and environmental protection. More than just a football book, I Did It My Way is the rich tale of a man who lives life to the fullest and in the process became a hero to many Minnesotans.
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st September 2013
Publisher: Triumph Books (IL)
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.1 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.61