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Growing up in hardscrabble Superior, Wis., Grant realized his physical gifts early: He could throw a rock into a coffee can at 20 paces. To polish this skill, he’d fling 200 or even 300 rocks a day. The country was baseball crazy at the time, and he’d fancy himself a major leaguer, heaving so many rocks that by his teen years his right arm was longer than his left.

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Aaron LavinskyVideo (03:42): Vikings coaching great Bud buy canada goose jacket Grant discusses his career on and off canada goose store the field as part of a Super Bowl week canada goose outlet feature from Dennis Anderson.

Video (03:42): Vikings coaching great Bud Grant discusses his career on and off the field as part of a Super Bowl week feature from Dennis Anderson.

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A naturalist at heart, and a keen observer of anything that moves, perhaps especially birds, and perhaps even more especially people, Grant might begin a day watching the cardinals and blue jays that feed outside the kitchen windows of his home or his northern Wisconsin cabin. Or he might stroll into Vikings headquarters, where, now in his 50th year with the club, he maintains a small office whose scattered memorabilia suggests a life spent hunting and fishing, interrupted by football.

A day’s high point occurs if he sees one or more canada goose factory sale of uk canada goose outlet his six kids, 19 grandkids or 13 great grandkids.

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November 21, 1948 A 16 0 Gophers football victory over Wisconsin on a sloppy Camp Randall Field is sparked by a heads up play from Grant a lateral to Bill Thiele for a score.

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