Pro football legend Bud Grant will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Superior on Wednesday, May 1, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Bud Grant and Superior High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Superior.”
One of the all-time greatest football coaches and former high school standout at Superior Central High School, Grant will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 10:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday, May 1, in the Superior High School gymnasium, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. The presentation will be made by Bob Towns, Grant’s former high school classmate and teammate.
“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Superior is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by Superior High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Grant’s family members and close friends. University of Wisconsin-Superior university relations specialist Tom Hansen will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Bud Grant “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Superior.
A nine-letterman athlete from the University of Minnesota, Grant was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950 NBA Draft. After two successful seasons in the NBA, Grant went to play professional football with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and then the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Following his retirement from playing, Grant accepted the position as head coach of the Blue Bombers where he led the team to six Grey Cup appearances over the course of 10 years. He stepped in as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967, a role he would keep for 18 consecutive years.
Grant led the Vikings to an unparalleled string of championship seasons, including 4 Super Bowl appearances and 10 Central Division wins They also won the 1969 NFL championship and three NFC titles. Grant compiled a .620 winning percentage with the Minnesota Vikings as well as a total of 168 coaching triumphs, including 10 post-season wins.
Grant was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website for more information on the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.
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