The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will honor Bud Grant by putting up a statue in his honor outside of Investors Group Field on Thursday, per Sid Hartman.
Grant, who took over the Blue Bombers at the age of 29, coached the Canadian team from 1957-1966, dominating the Canadian Football League by winning four Grey Cup championships and going on to win 290 games in the CFL and NFL.
Here’s what the CFL Hall of Fame has to say about him:
Harry (Bud) Grant was an excellent offensive end who was the Western Division leading pass receiver three of the four years he played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was selected All-Western from 1953, 1954, and 1956.
In a 1953 playoff game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Grant intercepted five passes.
During his ten seasons as head coach with Winnipeg, Grant led them to 122 wins, 67 losses and 3 ties for a winning average of 64 percent. Winnipeg appeared in the playoffs eight times and advanced to the Grey Cup six times. Winnipeg won the Grey Cup in 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962, each time over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
UPDATE: Here it is, courtesy WinnipegBlueBombers.com
Bud Grant is the greatest coach in Vikings history, and is the only coach to be in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was a pro in two sports and three leagues (and played an additional sport in college, baseball, where he lettered), having been drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers and the Philadelphia Eagles. He initially chose basketball and was a member of the Lakers’ 1949-50 championship team, but didn’t stay with the team, choosing to pursue his career with the Eagles as an end, instead—and back then, he was both an offensive and defensive end, which for the NFL in the 1950s meant he caught passes on offense and prevented passes on defense.