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Legendary Coach Bud Grant Honored in Superior

Posted at: 05/01/2013 5:26 PM
Updated at: 05/01/2013 6:16 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company recognized Bud Grant Wednesday in Superior as part of their program "Hometown Hall of Famers." The gym of Superior High School was full of eager students and fans to see the legendary coach honored in his hometown. Grant even donned his letter sweater from 1941.

"I can almost entertain myself by remembering all the good things that happened and everything that happened in Superior was good," said Grant.

Growing up during World War II, Grant went to Superior Central High School. The old building has since been torn down, but Grant said that's where his Vikings career began.

"I thought it was a good omen," said Grant. "We were the Superior Central Vikings and were purple and white. It's kind of natural to go to the Minnesota Vikings and be purple, gold, and white....I don't like green for some reason."

Although Wednesday was a day meant to honor Grant, he took time to pass down some Superior history. Grant's father was a fireman in the 1920s. He handed over a trophy and old photograph of the Superior Firemen and Cops baseball team from 1928.

"Bud Grant in town is always a good thing," said Superior Fire Department Captain David Johnson. "I work with guys who knew him, they knew his father, and one of the retired guys is here who drove for his father."

Surrounded by his friends, family, and fans, Grant said he will never forget his Superior roots.

"Those memories are indelible. You have a fertile, young mind and those memories are imprinted. They stay there," said Grant.