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Friday, September 21, 2012
BBAO: Bud Grant advised Seahawks on QB

By Kevin Seifert

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Here's an interesting side note to the Seattle Seahawks' decision to draft Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, whose height -- just under 5-foot-11 -- had challenged conventional wisdom about the physical makeup of successful quarterbacks.

As Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reached out to former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, whom he had worked for in 1985. Carroll probed Grant about the pros and cons of Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton's relatively diminutive stature at 6-feet.

Carroll: "[Grant] relieved any concerns that I might have had, just because of the way he talked about what Fran was like. I know there’s not a lot of guys like this, but Russell's that exceptional and that unique. So we thought we had a real good one, and it's looking like he's on his way to a good start to his career."

So if Wilson and the Seahawks defeat the Green Bay Packers on "Monday Night Football", perhaps Grant can share in the victory.

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