Bud Grant Walks Out On Field During Sub-Zero Temperatures At Vikings Game
Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant was one of the most prolific football minds while actively coaching. While doing this, he would have to endure freezing temperatures because of Minneapolis’ location and its frigid winters every year.
Yesterday before the Vikings wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in Minneapolis, the temperature read a freezing minus-6 temperature with a wind chill set at minus-25. This was recorded as the third coldest game in NFL history and the coldest in Vikings franchise history. When the coin toss was about to be performed, it was to the utter surprise that the 88-year-old Grant walked onto the field only wearing a polo shirt.
88-year-old former Vikings head coach Bud Grant took the field. In a short-sleeved polo. In -9 degree weather 😎 pic.twitter.com/zd2bho4iSp
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2016
The temperature would become the biggest factor of the game in terms of play calling for both teams. The Vikings lost in heartbreaking fashion after a missed field goal in the finals seconds by kicker Blair Walsh resulting in a 10-9 loss, thus having the Seahawks advance to the Divisional Playoffs next weekend.
Photo: MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 29: Former head coach Bud Grant speaks to the crowd during the ceremony celebrating the last game at the Metrodome on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)