In today’s NFL, Bud Grant would have been fired after back to back losses in the divisional round of the playoffs followed up by a .500 season where his team, the Minnesota Vikings, didn’t make the playoffs at all. But, because it was 1972 and there was no such thing as a “Message Board”, Bud Grant responded with back to back Super Bowl appearances over the next two years, losing both times.
But that wasn’t where the frustration ended. He made the Super Bowl again in 1976 and the NFC Championship in 1977, but again lost both times. Combined with an additional Super Bowl loss in 1969, Grant was the first coach to ever lose four Super Bowls, a record equaled by Dan Reeves and then Marv Levy later on. Read more →