BOSS MODE: 88-Year-Old Bud Grant Give Zero Shits About Subzero Temps
Tanya Ray Fox 02:59 pm, January 10th, 2016
Bud Grant just took the title of "legendary" to a whole new level in Minnesota. All that anyone has been talking about leading up to the Wild Card matchup between the Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks is the fact that it was set to be one of the coldest NFL games on record.
The hype was warranted.
The temperature at kickoff was reported to be anywhere between -4 and -6 degrees farenheit, and is confirmed to be the third-coldest game in NFL history. So naturally, the Vikings' 88-year-old honorary captain walked out the the coin toss in a polo shirt.
To be fair, if there is anyone in the great U.S. of A. that can handle the game conditions in Minneapolis, it's ole Bud. Grant was the head coach of the Vikings for 18 seasons from 1967-1985, winning 11 division championships and four conference championships and posting a .621 winning percentage across his career. He grew up in Wisconsin, played pro ball in Philadelphia and Winnepeg and never coached anywhere else in the NFL other than Minnesota. Grant is the kind of guy that breaks out the flip flops and Hawaiian shirts as soon as temperatures rise high enough for snow to start melting.
And make no mistake about it, Grant knew exactly what he was doing as he walked onto the field in short sleeves with Vikings nation there to bear witness. How do we know that? Because he handed his jacket off to Roger Goodell before he went out there.