By Evan Midford, Website & Social Media Coordinator
Harry Peter “Bud” Grant passed away at the age of 95 on Mar. 11, 2023. Grant came to Winnipeg in 1953 after an amazing career in the USA in high school, college, and pro sports in baseball, basketball (with the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers), and, of course, football (with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles). The “Grey Fox” took the helm as head coach of the CFL’s Blue Bombers in 1957 and led the Winnipeg football club to six western titles and four Grey Cups in five years. In 1966 he left to coach the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and took that squad to the Super Bowl several times. The Minnesota icon was named athlete of the half-century and spent his retirement years in Eden Prairie MN.
Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, Bud Grant signed the Honoured Member’s wall in the Hall of Fame in 2015 when Winnipeg hosted the Grey Cup, and he came into town to see our exhibit. Our condolences to the Grant family and the football community on both sides of the border. You can read his Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member page here and tribute article from the Minnisota Vikings here.
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletic or community accomplishments in the field of sport. Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame are committed to creating an inclusive culture and accessible sport system for all Manitobans.