EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Hall of Fame NFL Coach Bud Grant's funeral was held on Saturday, an event which included Grant's son, a pastor, a Vikings Ring of Honor member, and another NFL Hall of Famer.
"In all my life I've never had a coach like him. He never raised his voice to me or any of our teammates, but he knew how to lead and every player in the locker room could feel it and follow," said former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, in a recorded message.
"He not only made me a better player, but he made me a better person," added Tarkenton.
Grant died one week ago on March 11., he was 95 years old.
He coached the Vikings for 18 seasons, leading the franchise to all four of their Super Bowl appearances, and 11 division titles. He coached the Vikes from 1967-1983 and in 1985.
"It was always a pleasure to talk to Bud about all kinds of situations because he had an answer for everything," said former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall.
Grant's son, Mike Grant, gave an emotional eulogy, referring to his father as a pillar for his family, friends, and Minnesota Vikings among others.
"I am Bud Grant's son, he was my pillar and I loved him," said Mike Grant through tears.
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