Fran Tarkenton

Football Player
Born Feb 3, 1940

Francis Asbury "Fran" Tarkenton is a former professional football player, TV personality, and computer software executive. He is best known for playing with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, as well as serving as a commentator on Monday Night Football and a co-host of That's Incredible!. At the time of his retirement he owned every major quarterback record. Tarkenton also founded Tarkenton Software, a computer-program generator company, and he toured the U.S.… Read More

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    Huffington Post Sports - Nov 22, 2013
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1940 Birth Fran Tarkenton was born on February 3, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. … Read More


1959 19 Years Old He led Georgia to the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship under Coach Wally Butts. … Read More


1960 20 Years Old Tarkenton's first marriage was to Anna Elaine Merrell of Decatur, Georgia. They wed on December 22, 1960, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. … Read More
1961 21 Years Old 1 More Event
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft, and he was picked in the fifth round of the 1961 AFL draft by the Boston Patriots. … Read More
1967 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967, at which time he moved to the New York City suburb of New Rochelle, New York. … Read More
1969 29 Years Old In the first game of the 1969 season, Tarkenton's Giants played the Vikings. … Read More


1972 32 Years Old Tarkenton was traded back to Minnesota in 1972, for three players plus a first and second round draft choice. … Read More
1973 33 Years Old Tarkenton was also second Team All-Pro in 1973 and earned All-NFC selection in 1972 and 1976. … Read More
1975 35 Years Old One of the more difficult losses of Tarkenton's career occurred during the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs. … Read More
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Tarkenton was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1977, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Athens (GA) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.


1984 44 Years Old Tarkenton wrote the self-help, motivational books Playing to Win in 1984, and How to Motivate People: The Team Strategy for Success in 1986. … Read More
1986 46 Years Old 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.
1987 47 Years Old In 1987, Tarkenton hosted a Think and Grow Rich TV infomercial that sold the book with an audio cassette version (the audio cassettes contained an introduction and conclusion by Tarkenton). … Read More


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.


2009 69 Years Old In 2009, Tarkenton made national news for his harsh criticism of Brett Favre's indecision on whether or not to come out of retirement to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
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