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Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton

FILE – In this Nov. 5, 1967, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Fran Tarkenton looks for a receiver as he gets set to pass while being chased by Minnesota Viking’s Jim Marshall during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. In 1961, Tarkenton, playing for the Vikings, threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another against the Chicago Bears in the first game in Vikings history. The next week, the Dallas Cowboys picked off Tarkenton twice and won 21-7. (AP Photo.Robert Walsh, File)

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Fran Tarkenton

Born: February 3rd, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia

College: Georgia

NFL Draft: 1961, Round 3, Pick 29 by the Minnesota Vikings

NFL Teams: Vikings (1961-1966) Giants (1967-1971) Vikings (1972-1978)

Career Statistics: 47,003 yards, 57% completion, 342TD/266INT, 80.4 rating, 3,674 running yards, 32 running TDs

NFL Awards/Honors: 9 time Pro Bowler (1964, 1966-1970, 1974-1976) , First Team All-Pro (1975), Second Team All-Pro (1973), NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the year (1975), Bert Bell Award (1975), NFL Passing Yards Leader (1978), NFL Passing Touchdowns Leader (1975), Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor and #10 retired, Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (1986)

Spin: At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned every major stat record for a quarterback. When traded to the Giants for the 1967 season, his first game was against his former team, the Vikings. Entering the 4th quarter trailing 23-10, Tarkenton threw 2 TD passes to give the Giants a 24-23 win. The Giants would go 7-7 in Tarkenton’s first year with the team and even had a 9-5 season in 1970 with him, but after a 4-10 season in 1971 they traded him back to the Vikings where he led them to 3 Super Bowls, but lost all of them. Despite Tarkenton making 4 Pro Bowl rosters with the Giants, they never reached the playoffs during his tenure with the team.