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Born in Superior, Wis., Bud Grant quickly became an icon in Minnesota sports first as a three-sport athlete for the Gophers, then as a player for the Minneapolis Lakers and - of course - as a Hall of Fame coach for the Vikings.

Through the years Grant has graced the pages of Minneapolis newspapers time and again. For his accomplishments, mind you, not because he's close, close personal friends with Sid Hartman.

For his 90th birthday, we take a look back at some of Bud Grant's exposure in our pages.

January 4, 1947: Bud Grant and the Gophers men's basketball team set to open Big Nine conference play against Ohio State, the first meeting between the two teams in five years.

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January 28, 1947: Bud Grant scores "12 baskets and a free throw" for 25 points, leading all scorers in a 66-63 overtime Big Nine loss at Purdue.

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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 Bud Grant. He caught a pass from Billy Bye, lateralled it to Bill Thiele on the 20-yard line who then ran in for a score.

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December 25, 1949: The Minneapolis Lakers sign Harry (Bud) Grant less than a week after he quit school at Minnesota and is expected to be in uniform for the Christmas Day game vs. Fort Wayne.

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March 13, 1967: Bud Grant, along with GM Jim Finks and Director of Player Personnel Jerry Reichow, get to work on the NFL draft after Grant is named head coach of the Vikings.

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January 10, 1977: In front of 100,421 fans at Pasadena's Rose Bowl, Bud Grant and the Vikings lose their fourth Super Bowl in as many trips, 32-14 to the Oakland Raiders.

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July 29, 1994: After a 168-108-5 career record with four Super Bowl berths at the helm of the Vikings, Bud Grant arrives in Canton, Ohio, to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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