Former Vikings head coach Bud Grant in 2022.

— Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune file

Bud Grant, legendary Vikings coach and Minnesota sports icon, dies at age 95

A standout athlete, avid outdoorsman, and iconic figure on the sideline, Grant left his mark on the state.

Bud Grant hunted for peace and thrills far away from football fields

Bud Grant, shown at age 90, hunting ducks along the North Platte River in western Nebraska.

— Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune

A coach who hunted and fished? Or a hunter and fisherman who coached? With the Minnesota icon, it was hard to tell.

Mike Grant on Bud: 'The older I have become, the more I hear my dad's voice in things that I say'

Mike and Bud Grant, at a 2018 ceremony at St. John’s.

— Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

While Minnesota mourns the loss of a coaching legend, Eden Prairie high school football coach Mike Grant is mourning the loss of his father. A lifetime of memories, though, brings smiles along with those tears.

Closest personal friends: Takes from Sid Hartman on Bud Grant

Bud Grant, right, and Sid Hartman posed for a photo in 2018.

— Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

The Star Tribune columnist, who died in 2020 at 100, often went to Grant for opinions and insights. They first became friends when Grant attended the University of Minnesota.

Patrick Reusse on Bud Grant: Journey through the memories

Patrick Reusse, right, interviewed Bud Grant in February 2022 when Kevin O’Connell was named head coach.

— Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

'Like losing a best friend.' Former Vikings players remember Bud Grant's stoic, generous style

Bud Grant with Jim Marshall in 1999, when Marshall’s number was retired by the VIkings. Marshall said Grant was “more fun than fans would ever see.”

— Jerry Holt, STAR TRIBUNE

Grant took the Vikings to four Super Bowls and developed friendships with his players that endured long after their careers on the field were over.

Bud Grant, Sid Hartman, Jerry Burns: Three close friends who were very, very different

Vikings coach Bud Grant and his offensive coordinator, Jerry Burns, diagrammed a play during the 1968 season.

— Star Tribune file photo

Three of the most memorable men in Minnesota sports all left us in their 90s, while leaving behind more than enough stories and memories.