The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will honour the most successful head coach in Bomber history when they unveil a bronze statue of "Bud" Grant outside of Investors Group Field this October.
Grant coached the Bombers for a decade, from 1957 until 1966, winning four Grey Cups in that time and one CFL Coach of the Year award, before heading south to coach the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.
He is the third winningest coach in all of professional football with 290 wins in the NFL and CFL combined; he is a CFL Hall of Famer and a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
"The statue of Bud Grant not only honours a man who made a tremendous impact on our Football Club during his time here, but it also symbolizes the many dedicated, talented men who have coached and played for this team over the years," said Blue Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller.
The Bud Grant statue will be erected outside the Bomber Store at the southwest corner of Investors Group Field, just off Ken Ploen Way.
"I certainly am unexpectedly honoured by something like this. After so many years, it's quite a tribute, and I look forward to being there," said Grant, reached at his office in Minnesota.
The six-foot tall, bronze statue will sit on a three-foot base with an inscription detailing Grant's accomplishments in football.
Grant first played "Offensive End" for the Blue Bombers from 1953-1956 before being hired by the team at the young age of 29 to be Head Coach. Prior to signing with the Bombers, he played one year for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. At 86 years old, Grant still maintains an office with the Vikings in Minnesota.