Fran Tarkenton
American football player
Fran Tarkenton
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.
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Fran Tarkenton: Jay Cutler 'not a player'
Chicago Tribune - about 2 years
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton hasn't softened his stance on Jay Cutler and sees no hope of success for the Chicago Bears until they make a change under center.
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Peyton Manning and the Top 20 QBs of All-Time
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I write this blog to celebrate the greatest quarterback of our lifetime, and to present the nineteen quarterbacks that now trail behind him. Rather than relying on traditional or contemporary sentiment, the methodology of this unique ranking is purely logical. In using an MS Excel formula to weigh the statistics, the success and consistency of 250 quarterbacks in NFL History (see the rough methodology at the end), I've unearthed a top 20 list that is sure to invite discussion. 1. Peyton Manning, 1998-present: Before this season, I had Manning behind both the relatively unknown Otto Graham and the celebrated Joe Montana. It took Manning five MVPs, thirteen winning seasons, one Super Bowl in three appearances, elite statistics for fourteen seasons, and seven All-Pros to get here. His weak play off record had slowed him down. However, despite his recent Super Bowl defeat, he is the marble statue that all future quarterbacks will look to and hope to surpass. 2. Otto Graham, 1946-1955 ...
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Ex-NFL Players Reflect on Decision to Play Two Days After JFK's Assassination
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle made the tough decision to keep the NFL schedule intact, and on November 24, games were played. At the time, some believed that to be the wrong decision, and Rozelle, too, reportedly grew to regret the call. At the time, Newsday editors were critical of the league's decision to not delay. The rival AFL decided to cancel its slot of games. "The NFL learned its lesson. The league postponed all games scheduled for the weekend after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001," wrote Dan Shaughnessy in The Boston Globe on Thursday. Here's a look at what some former NFL players are saying this week as they look back: "It was an eerie, eerie atmosphere,'' Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton told the Pioneer Press. "I never played a game like that in my life because it was just so silent. No loud screaming. It was like a ghost town. I don't think much was said between the players. It was just very sombe ...
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The Ingredients of a Great Entrepreneur: Inside the Mind of Fran Tarkenton
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What are the ingredients of a great entrepreneur? I decided to tackle this question head on in this Q&A feature series, where I sit down with numerous dynamic entrepreneurs to find out how they think, what drives them, and the influences in life that have shaped them to become the people they are today. Introducing Fran Tarkenton Fran Tarkenton knows better than most what it takes to succeed in a competitive arena. As one of the NFL's all-time great competitors, he was inducted into the National Football League and Collegiate Football Halls of Fame and was an All- American athlete at the University of Georgia. Since 1996, Fran has been a trusted advocate for small business as the founder and CEO of Tarkenton Companies, whose offerings include small business consulting, coaching and software, telecommunications services and insurance-based retirement planning. Fran was also a founding board member of Coca-Cola Enterprises and served on the Board of Directors of Sterling Software, ...
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Hall of Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton on NFL Settlement
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
The National Football League and 4,500 former players suing the league over concussion-related issues reached an agreement on a settlement. WSJ's Kevin Clark and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Founder and CEO Fran Tarkenton discuss. Photo: AP.
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Terry Lyons: HBO Doc on Marty Glickman: Swish!
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Whether you grew up in Canarsie or The Bronx, whether you attended Cardinal Hayes or Power Memorial, whether you were a fan of Joe Namath of the Jets or Fran Tarkenton of the football Giants, or whether you rooted for Mickey, Willie or the Duke, one thing was for sure. You loved Marty Glickman. Marty Glickman was a gifted runner and accomplished athlete, an Olympian in fact, but to nearly all native New Yorkers and to a growing legion of sports announcers, Glickman was "The One." He was the best of the truly infuential sportscasters who pioneered sports from its coveted place in the radio industry to the world of live, televised and remote newscasting of the most important games of his day. Glickman's technique - that of a picture-painter and story-teller - influenced dozens of followers, many the current leaders of the sports broadcasting world, including Bob Costas (NBC, MLB Network, HBO), Mike Breen (ESPN, MSG Network) and Marv Albert (TNT, YES). The story of Marty ...
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Daniel Newman: From Idea to IPO: Getting Started
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The way to get started is to stop talking and begin doing." ~Walt Disney It all starts with movement. Getting your idea and seeing it go is a tremendous amount of work, but to start merely requires action. There are so many terrific ideas that never take flight. Usually because of the fear and uncertainty that paralyzes people. Those that move have an advantage, even though movement in itself hardly equates to success. But one thing is for sure... Your idea will NEVER succeed by standing still and furthermore the "Right Time" in your life will come exactly never; so keep that in mind when you are making decisions on how and when to move an idea forward.   But is there a "Good Time?"   Everyone has different life circumstances and those are the key determinants for our decisions. Those circumstances may also serve as the rationale for us to wait or do nothing. However, there certainly are better times to act. But can you identify those times? ...
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Updates to SBA Media Advisory regarding National Small Business Week Events in Washington, D.C
Yahoo News - over 3 years
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ** Updates to SBA Media Advisory 13-12**(Logo: )Friday, June 21(New) 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fran Tarkenton media availability at the on-site Office Depot booth.  (New) 7 p.m. -- Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution; Co-founder America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation -- Keynote Speaker for SBA Entrepreneurial and Lender Awards Ceremony.Media Invited to Attend National Small Business Week EventsWashington, D.C.Live stream of Washington, D.C. Events June 20-21www.sba. ...
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Fran Tarkenton on Winning as a Self-Taught Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur - over 3 years
The football-pro and serial entrepreneur will speak in Washington, D.C., at National Small Business Week. Here he reflects on what he learned along his entrepreneurial journey.
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NFL Legend and Entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton to Speak At National Small Business Week Event
Yahoo News - over 3 years
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hall of Fame quarterback and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton will be the featured speaker during the Phoenix Award and Procurement breakfast awards ceremony on June 21 at 9 a.m. EDT during the Washington, D.C. portion of National Small Business Week. ...
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Lynda Bekore: Don't Monday-Morning Quarterback the Shootout at Watertown, Mass.
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
When you produce radio talk shows, you sometimes come into contact with celebrities. And when your host is a legendary name in American sports, especially football, the celebrities can range anywhere from sports to business to politics. But the most impressive celebrity by far, and the interview I felt most privileged and humbled to be part of, was when my show's host, Fran Tarkenton, sat down this week with his close, personal friend, Watertown Chief of Police Ed Deveau. The Chief, as Fran kiddingly calls him, became a familiar figure on all the mainstream news shows in the wake of the shootout and capture of the Boston Marathon bombers. The national media asked the expected questions of the moment, the reporters following a pretty standard interview formula and not really paying attention to the answers unless something new unfolded. But Fran, who's known the Chief for over 20 years, who has taken vacations with him, golfed all over the world with him, and shared ce ...
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WATCH: Hall Of Famer Takes Stand Against Heisman Bias
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Ballots from 928 total voters will determine the winner of the 2012 Heisman Trophy. Among that number are 57 former winners of the honor, according to the Heisman Trust. One of those winners, Eric Crouch, the former Nebraska quarterback, who took home the honor in 2001, joined a debate about the next winner on HuffPost Live. Joining Crouch in the debate was Hall Of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, HuffPost Sports columnist Jordan Schutlz and Steve Herring of The New Notre Dame Nation Network. The conversation ranged from the credentials and social media campaigns of the three finalists to the possibility that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's stats were padded. Perhaps the strongest statements of the conversation came from Tarkenton, who believes that the award should simply go to the best player, regardless of age or other considerations. Aside from contending with two impressive finalists in Manti Te'o and Collin Klein, Manziel also faces decades of history. ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 12, 2012 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits Mike D'Antoni is the new coach of the L.A. Lakers. And then there were none. The last NFL undefeated team, the Atlanta Falcons, were beaten in New Orleans 31-27. Houston knocked off Chicago 13-6. The Rams and 49ers played to a 24-24 tie. Bye Bye 'Bama. Alabama drops from the unbeaten ranks in college football, leaving Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame to battle for the top two spots. Spend, spend, spend. The Dodgers won the right to negotiate a contract with Korean lefty strikeout pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. It cost them around $25.7 million just for negotiating rights. 2. Land of Oz My! People come and go so quickly around here. Lakers coach Mike Brown was fired as Lakers coach before some people even realized the NBA season had begun. That's what you get for a 1-4 record in Hollywood. (They've won both their games since Brown's been fired.) Enter ...
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Dayton Vetoes Wolf's Teacher Layoff Bill
Fridley Patch - almost 5 years
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill on teacher seniority Thursday that was authored by Sen. Pam Wolf (R-51), who represents part of Fridley. Wolf's bill, introduced last year to teacher-union criticism, passed the state Senate in February. It would end "last-in, first-out" (LIFO) seniority rules for teacher layoffs. In a veto letter (see PDF), Dayton said Republican legislators "denigrate" teachers, and he derided the bill as "yet another example of this prejudice against public school teachers. Once again, they are singled out as 'the problem,' for which some legislators' solution is to override the long-established rights of local school boards and teachers' elected representatives to negotiate the terms of their employment and their dismissals." In a statement, Wolf defended her bill: “We worked in a bipartisan manner to draft a bill that benefits Minnesota’s teachers and students. When schools are able to retain good teachers, a child’s learning experience is greatly en ...
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Ode to Warriors past--
Daily Norseman - almost 5 years
Jermaine Wiggins--- Not long ago someone here was posting and mentioned that they once really liked Jermaine Wiggins as a player...and it made me think about all the guys I've rooted for through my viking years.....most stars a couple not so much that for whatever reason I really loved their style of play...and it made me wonder what Players were your all time favorites and why? mine was Fran Tarkenton- Watching him run around in our crazy ass purple uniforms with the horns cutting through the snow while crazed Lions and Bears chased him around the Met is what made me a lifelong Viking fan even though I lived far from the fabled land of a thousand lakes. And he was just a little guy, a little guy like me who had to try to survive the playground games of "kill the guy with the ball" (using the politically correct name for that game) and "king of the hill" using quickness and speedy and strategy because I was the runt of the litter...... Through him I came to cheris ...
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Dedicated Viking ultra-fans a constant presence in stadium debate
Minn Post - almost 5 years
It’s easy to make fun of people you only see on television, so let’s deal with the pejorative clichés up front. They have jobs. And they don’t live with their parents. Because the state Legislature did not take up a Vikings stadium bill on Monday, the folks in the purple face paint and funky Vikings costumes will be back at the Capitol on Tuesday, on Wednesday, and as long they need to until they get what they want — an up or down vote. Preferably up, they hope. Talk to the ones who are here most often, and you learn they aren’t the drunken screaming yahoos that TV often shows piling out of the Metrodome after Vikings victories. Some are in their 40s or 50s, married, with kids. Through this process, many learned how state government works, and how to talk to lobbyists and elected officials. “You’ve got to keep your emotions in check,” said Diggz Garza, a 40-year-old from St. Paul who works with developmentally disabled adults at two group homes. “You can’t be out yelling and cursin ...
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Hall of Famer Tarkenton outraged by bounty program
KXLY - almost 5 years
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton was admittedly angered upon learning of the bounty program imposed by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and the New Orleans Saints.
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NFL Great Fran Tarkenton ‘On the Record’
Fox News - over 5 years
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fran Tarkenton
  • 2016
    Age 76
    During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Tarkenton gave a speech endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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  • 1994
    Age 54
    According to the LA Times, "In Tarkenton's case, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 10 other former executives of his computer software and consulting firm, KnowledgeWare Inc., were accused of inflating by millions of dollars the company's earnings in reports for its fiscal year ended June 30, 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and $54,187 in restitution. He did not admit any wrongdoing". Since then, Tarkenton has been promoting various products and services including Tony Robbins and 1-800-BAR-NONE. He also founded GoSmallBiz, a small-business consulting website. He also operates an annuity marketing firm called Tarkenton Financial.
    He toured the United States promoting CASE or "computer-aided software engineering" with Albert F. Case, Jr. of Nastec Corporation, but ultimately merged his software firm with James Martin's KnowledgeWare, of which Tarkenton was president until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Tarkenton was fined by federal regulators as part of a securities fraud sweep.
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 47
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Mark McCormack helped Tarkenton invest, making him wealthy enough to "retire this week if he wanted to", as New York magazine wrote in 1971. Tarkenton was a pioneer in computer software, and founder of Tarkenton Software, a program generator company.
  • 1986
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 44
    Tarkenton wrote the self-help, motivational books Playing to Win in 1984, and How to Motivate People: The Team Strategy for Success in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrote the motivational self-help business book titled What Losing Taught Me About Winning, and Every Day is Game Day.
  • 1977
    Age 37
    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, Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details A biography of Tarkenton titled Better Scramble than Lose was published in 1969. This followed Tarkenton's 1967 autobiography No Time for Losing and preceded by several years his 1977 autobiography Tarkenton co-written with Jim Klobuchar. The autobiographies chronicle not only his football career but also his personal evolution from his early football days as a preacher's son. Tarkenton co-wrote with Brock Yates a book in 1971 titled Broken Patterns: The Education of a Quarterback, a chronicle of the 1970 New York Giants season.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    He was also a second-team All-Pro in 1973 and earned All-NFC selections in 1972 and 1976.
    More Details Hide Details He was named second-team All-NFC in 1970 and 1974. Tarkenton was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls. Tarkenton was indecisive on his retirement during the last seven years of his playing career. Despite not winning a Super Bowl, he won six playoff games, and in 1999 he was ranked number 59 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    Tarkenton was traded back to Minnesota in 1972, for three players plus a first and second round draft choice.
    More Details Hide Details He led the Vikings to three Super Bowls in the 1970s, but lost all of them. In Tarkenton's first Super Bowl appearance his team lost to the Miami Dolphins 24 - 7 in Houston. It lost the second to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16–6 in New Orleans, and in the last Super Bowl Tarkenton played (and Minnesota's last Super Bowl to date), the Vikings lost to the Oakland Raiders 32–14 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. In his 18 NFL seasons, Tarkenton completed 3,686 of 6,467 passes for 47,003 yards and 342 touchdowns, with 266 interceptions. Tarkenton's 47,003 career passing yards rank him 8th all time, while his 342 career passing touchdowns is 6th all time in NFL history. He also is 6th on the all-time list of wins by a starting quarterback with 124 regular season victories. He also used his impressive scrambling ability to rack up 3,674 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on 675 carries. During his career, Tarkenton ran for a touchdown in 15 different seasons, an NFL record among quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in career rushing yards among quarterbacks, behind Randall Cunningham, Steve Young and Michael Vick. He is also one of two NFL quarterbacks ever to rush for at least 300 yards in seven different seasons; the other is Tobin Rote. When he retired, Tarkenton held NFL career records in pass attempts, completions, yardage, and touchdowns; rushing yards by a quarterback; and wins by a starting quarterback.
  • 1969
    Age 29
    In the first game of the 1969 season, Tarkenton's Giants played the Vikings.
    More Details Hide Details After trailing 23–10 in the fourth quarter, Tarkenton threw two touchdown passes to secure a 24–23 comeback victory over his former team. The 24 points allowed by Minnesota's defense were a season-worst for the unit.
  • 1967
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 21
    He played for the Vikings from 1961 to 1966.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He signed with the Vikings. Tarkenton, 21, played his first National Football League game (and the Vikings' first game) on September 17 against the Chicago Bears coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a come-from-behind victory by passing for 250 yards and four touchdown passes and running for another as the Vikings defeated the Bears 37 - 13. He was the only player in NFL history to pass for four touchdowns in his first NFL game, until the feat was repeated by Marcus Mariota in the Tennessee Titans' 2015 season opener versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • 1959
    Age 19
    Under Coach Wally Butts and with Tarkenton as QB, Georgia won the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship.
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  • 1940
    Age 0
    Fran Tarkenton was born on February 3, 1940, in Richmond, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Dallas Tarkenton, Sr., was a Methodist minister. Fran Tarkenton went to Athens High School in Athens, Georgia, and later attended the University of Georgia, where he was the quarterback on the Bulldog football team and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
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