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Encyclopedia > Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton
College Football Hall of Fame photo.
Position(s):
Quarterback
Jersey #(s):
10
Born: February 3, 1940 (1940-02-03) (age 67)
Flag of Virginia Richmond, Virginia
Career Information
Year(s): 1961-1978
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 3 / Pick: 29
College: Georgia
Professional Teams
Career Stats
TD-INT     342-266
Yards     47,003
QB Rating     80.4
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Hall of Fame

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City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... The 1961 NFL season was the 42th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1966 NFL season was the 47th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... 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City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ...


He is probably best known for his years with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, as well as a commentator on Monday Night Football and a co-host of That's Incredible!. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... Thats Incredible! was a television show that ran on the ABC television network from 1980 to 1984 in the USA. In the tradition of Ripleys Believe It or Not and Real People, this television show had people perform stunts or descriptions and reenactments of allegedly paranormal events. ...


Tarkenton also founded Tarkenton Software, a computer-program generator company, and he toured the U.S. promoting CASE (computer-aided software engineering) with Albert F. Case, Jr. of Nastec Corporation. Tarkenton Software later merged with KnowledgeWare (with Tarkenton as president), until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994. ERwin CASE tool on Windows 2000 Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) is the use of software tools to assist in the development and maintenance of software. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Tarkenton was born in Richmond, Virginia. He went to Athens High School (Which later became Clarke Central High School) and later attended the University of Georgia where he was the quarterback on the Bulldog football team, leading Georgia to the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship under legendary coach Wally Butts. Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... Clarke Central High School is located in Athens, Georgia. ... The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... James Wallace Wally Butts (February 7, 1905 – December 17, 1973) was the head football coach (seasons 1939 through 1960) and athletic director (1939 to 1963) at the University of Georgia. ...


Pro football career

The Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft. Tarkenton came into his first National Football League game (also the first game for the Vikings) against the Chicago Bears and led the Vikings to a victory by passing for 250 yards as the upstarts stunned the Bears 37-13. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... The 1961 National Football League Draft took place on December 27 and December 28, 1960. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football...


Tarkenton played for the Vikings from 1961 to 1966, during which time he developed the nickname "Scramblin' Fran" because he frequently ran around in the backfield to avoid being sacked by the opposition (this behavior also led to the nicknames "Frantic Fran", the "Wee One", and ultimately "Sir Francis" by Howard Cosell). Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967 and played there until 1972 when he was traded back to Minnesota. He led the Vikings to three Super Bowls in the 1970s, but lost them all. This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Tarkenton won the NFL's MVP award after the 1975 season, capturing All-Pro honors in the process. Tarkenton was also 2nd Team All-Pro in 1973 and earned All-NFC selection in 1972 & 1976. Fran was named 2nd Team All-NFC in 1970 and 1974. Tarkenton was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


In his 18 NFL seasons, Tarkenton completed 3,686 of 6,467 passes for 47,003 yards and 342 touchdowns, with 266 interceptions. He also is 4th on the all-time list of most wins by a starting quarterback (NFL) with 125 regular season victories. He also used his impressive scrambling ability to rack up 3,674 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on 675 carries. During his career, Tarkenton ran for a touchdown in 15 different seasons, an NFL record among quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in career rushing yards among QB's, behind Randall Cunningham, Steve Young and Michael Vick. He is also one of two NFL quarterbacks ever to rush for at least 300 yards in seven different seasons; the other is Tobin Rote. Voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986, Tarkenton is widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. During the 2007 regular season, Brett Favre (starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers) surpassed John Elway to become the all-time winningest quarterback to lead his team to victory as a starter. ... For former United States Representative Randall Duke Cunningham, see Duke Cunningham. ... Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA), is a former quarterback for the National Football Leagues San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League. ... Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons franchise. ... Tobin Rote (January 18, 1928 - June 27, 2000) was an American college and professional football player who played quarterback for the NFLs Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts, and the American Football Leagues San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...


However, Tarkenton's poor performance in three Super Bowls and his inability to win a championship ring in 18 seasons prevents many people from considering him as great as other famous quarterbacks. Despite not winning a championship, in 1999 he was ranked number 59 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


The worst loss of Tarkenton's career occurred during the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs. With what was widely considered the best team of their Purple People Eater era, the Vikings lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17-14 on a controversial touchdown pass from Dallas' Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson. The controversy sprang from the appearance that Pearson interfered with defender Nate Wright while running his route. The call so incensed the crowd that one fan fired a whiskey bottle from the stands, striking official Armen Terzian in the head. This was partly responsible for the banning of glass bottles at arenas around the country. Tarkenton also lost his father, who passed away while he was watching that infamous game; it had been rumored that the "Hail Mary Pass" caused the cardiac arrest, but in fact Mr. Tarkenton died during the middle of the fourth quarter. It was a disappointing end to a spectacular season for the Vikings. They had finished the season with an NFC best 12-2 record and Tarkenton had won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award, and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Eastern Conference (1960-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference... Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and former American professional football player where he was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for most of the 1970s during their reign as Americas Team. ... Drew Pearson (born January 12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey) is a sportscaster and former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Armen Terzian was an official in the NFL from 1961 through 1978. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... The NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press to the offensive player of the National Football League believed to have had the most outstanding season. ...

For more details on this topic, see The Hail Mary (American football game).

In American football, The Hail Mary refers to a play that resulted in the winning score in the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, played on December 28, 1975 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. ...

Post-football life

Fran Tarkenton was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1977, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Located in Macon, Georgia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the country’s largest state sports museum at 43,000 square feet. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ...


Tarkenton later appeared on the television show That's Incredible! and also worked part time on Monday Night Football. Thats Incredible! was a television show that ran on the ABC television network from 1980 to 1984 in the USA. In the tradition of Ripleys Believe It or Not and Real People, this television show had people perform stunts or descriptions and reenactments of allegedly paranormal events. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ...


Tarkenton wrote a book titled Better Scramble than Lose in 1969. The book is autobiographical and seeks to dispel a lot of pervading myths about himself and pro football at the time.


Tarkenton also wrote a book titled "BROKEN PATTERNS: The Education of a Quarterback," as told to Brock Yates. It is a chronicle of the 1969 preseason and the 14 game regular season with the NY Giants.


In 1986 Tarkenton, with author Herb Resincow, wrote a novel titled Murder at the Super Bowl, the whodunit story of a football coach killed just before his team is to participate in the championship game. A whodunit or whodunnit (for Who done it? and sometimes referred to as a Golden Age Mystery novel) is a complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the puzzle is paramount. ...


It is not widely known that Tarkenton was also a pioneer in computer software, and founder of Tarkenton Software, a program generator company. He toured the United States promoting CASE or "computer-aided software engineering" with Albert F. Case, Jr. of Nastec Corporation, but ultimately merged his software firm with James Martin's KnowledgeWare, of which Fran was president until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994. Look up case in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Several people have the name James Martin: James Martin, former Premier of New South Wales James Martin, computer systems design author. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Since then, Tarkenton has been seen promoting various products and services including Tony Robbins and 1-800-BAR-NONE. He also founded GoSmallBiz.com[1], a small business consulting website, which also offers its services through Pre-paid Legal Services, Inc. His most current company is an annuity marketing firm called Tarkenton Financial[2]. Anthony Robbins or Tony Robbins, (born Anthony J. Mahavorick on 29 February 1960 in North Hollywood, California, U.S.) is an American life coach, writer, and professional speaker. ... Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. ...


Tarkenton, his wife Linda, and daughter Hayley currently reside in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta redirects here. ...


See also

  • History of the New York Giants (1925-1978)

New York Giants primary logo 1956–60. ...

Further reading

Jack Olsen (1925-2002) was a journalist and author known for his thorough, scholarly approach to crime reporting. ...

External links

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Fran Tarkenton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (701 words)
Fran Tarkenton was born in Blacksburg, Virginia, and later attended the University of Georgia where he was the quarterback on the Bulldog football team.
Tarkenton played for the Vikings from 1961 to 1966, during this time he developed the nickname scrambler as he ran around the backfield to avoid being sacked by the opposition (this behavior also led to the nickname Frantic Fran and the "Wee One").
Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967 and played there until 1972 when he was traded back to Minnesota.
Fran Tarkenton - MSN Encarta (292 words)
Fran Tarkenton, born in 1940, American football player, a quarterback noted for his ability to run with the ball while looking for a receiver (see Football).
Tarkenton set numerous National Football League (NFL) passing records during his professional career with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
In 1972 Tarkenton was traded back to the Vikings, leading them to the National Football Conference (NFC) Central Division title for six consecutive seasons (1973-1978) and to three Super Bowl games (1974, 1975, and 1977), all of which the Vikings lost.
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