A Tradition of Purple: An Inside Look at the Minnesota Vikings

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Since the creation of the Minnesota Vikings in 1960, this football team has been more than just another franchise. To the fans who love them, and the haters who can’t help but admire them, the Minnesota Vikings are an unstoppable force in the NFL.

In this heartwarming and inspirational book, Jim Bruton takes a look beyond the game and examines what the Minnesota Vikings have meant to fans and communities across the country. Covering the Vikings from every angle, A Tradition of ...

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Overview

Since the creation of the Minnesota Vikings in 1960, this football team has been more than just another franchise. To the fans who love them, and the haters who can’t help but admire them, the Minnesota Vikings are an unstoppable force in the NFL.

In this heartwarming and inspirational book, Jim Bruton takes a look beyond the game and examines what the Minnesota Vikings have meant to fans and communities across the country. Covering the Vikings from every angle, A Tradition of Purple is an up-close look at the players, coaches, charities, Hall of Famers, and people behind the scenes who have come to define what it means to be Purple over the last fifty years. Readers will get an inside look at such famous Vikings as Norm Van Brocklin, Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Carl Eller, Alan Page, Jim Marshall, Chris Doleman, Adrian Peterson, and more. This is not a book only about football, this is also a book about life, community, and the team that inspires a legacy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210024
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. Bruton has been a life-long fan of the Minnesota Vikings. After thirty-five years in the field of corrections he retired as the warden of Minnesota’s maximum-security prison, Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights. In 1965–66 he was a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. He currently resides in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Bud Grant is one the pioneers of professional football in the U.S. and Canada. He began playing football while in the Navy in the late 1940s. After graduating from the University of Minnesota he was selected in both the 1950 NFL and NBA drafts. He eventually became head coach for the Vikings and brought his team to four Super Bowls between 1976 and 1985. In 1994 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He currently lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 The Delivery Room 1

2 The Arrival of the Dutchman 13

3 Bud Grant 29

4 The Front Office 49

5 Community Connection 83

6 Purple Bond 123

7 Purple Passion 147

8 Purple Honor, Purple Fame 171

9 Purple Coaches 187

10 The Wilfs' Ownership 201

11 Purple Review 211

Epilogue-Continuing The Tradition In Purple 231

Index 239

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