MINNEAPOLIS -- Legendary Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant said earlier this week that he planned to watch the team's NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks from a heated indoor lounge. But that didn't stop the Vikings' king of winter from making a bold statement before kickoff.
The 88-year-old Grant, an honorary captain for the Vikings' first home playoff game since he led the team to a victory in the 1976 NFC Championship Game, walked out to midfield in short sleeves for the opening coin toss. Grant watched the national anthem from the sideline, appearing unmoved by conditions that put the game tied for the third-coldest playoff game in NFL history.
The temperature at kickoff was minus-6 degrees, matching the 1995 Colts-Chiefs AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium and trailing only the 1967 Ice Bowl (minus-13) at Lambeau Field and the 1981 Freezer Bowl (minus-9) at Riverfront Stadium. Wind chill at kickoff was minus-25 degrees.
Bud Grant to NFL staffer: "Would you hold my jacket while I go out for the toss & show how we love this weather?" pic.twitter.com/yRMHmb0P5q
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) January 10, 2016