Former Vikings coach Bud Grant joins Twitter

The only coach in the nearly 55-year history of the Minnesota Vikings to ever reach the Super Bowl is now on Twitter.

It may seem like a cold Artic blast from the past too good to be true, but former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant has joined Twitter.

You wonder what the 1960s and 1970s version of Bud Grant would have thought of Twitter back then. Known for his steely glare and no-nonsense ways walking the gridiron sideline of old Metropolitan Stadium, Grant guided the Vikings to the franchise’s only four Super Bowl appearances before retiring for good in 1985 after 18 seasons with the franchise. He assembled a 158-96-5 record, 11 divisional championships and the 1969 NFL Title (also named NFL Coach of the Year after that season). He was the first person elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame.

But even two weeks away from his 88th birthday, Grant seems to “get it” on Twitter. His first post was four days ago, promoting his annual garage sale, which will kick off at his Twin Cities home on May 20. Then it was a picture of the avid outdoorsman fishing during the Wisconsin fishing open.

On Monday, it was a picture of Ahmad Rashad, Alan Page and Jim Marshall – “Three of a kind!” according to Grant’s tweet – and then more promotion of his garage sale, which Grant attends and will sign autographs for anyone that buys anything.

Grant even got recognition for joining Twitter from one of the current NFL coaches that has been known for his Twitter aplomb, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who was an assistant with the Vikings.

“What a great accomplishment for @HPBudGrant to make it to twitter! Maybe not as significant as capturing the Khyber Pass, but good to have you!” Carroll tweeted.

Grant responded, “Just trying to #winforever.” Yes, he even had the hashtag thing down.

He even tweeted a picture of his defensive philosophy, which included the points “A. PLAY THE DEFENSE CALLED; B. NO BOMBS OR LONG RUNS; C. BE PHYSICAL.”

Ah, Twitter, you have lured another old-timer into your clutches and the young crowd should be better for it. But a word of caution for the lower level tweeters: No trolling Grant or that icy stare may get you!

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