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Son of Vikings legendary coach Bud Grant, a former Minn.-Duluth QB, dies

DULUTH -- Former Minnesota Duluth standout quarterback Bruce Grant, the son of legendary Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with brain cancer.

Bruce Grant, a native of Bloomington, started three years under center for the Bulldogs from 1981-83 and was named to the All-NSIC first team his senior season. He was the program's all-time leader with 3,690 passing yards and 3,887 total offensive yards when he graduated.

"Bruce was a proud Bulldog and started what turned out to be a strong tradition of the Grant family at UMD," said Rick Fritz, Bruce's nephew, in a statement issued by UMD. "Among Bruce's fondest memories were the times he played football for UMD head coach Jim Malosky."

Rick Fritz also played quarterback at UMD, from 1998-2000. Another nephew of Bruce's, Taylor Grant, played tight end at UMD from 2013-14 and a niece, Kelly Fritz, played soccer in the mid 1990s.

A memorial service for Bruce Grant will be held at 11 a.m. on July 31 at the Westwood Community Church in Excelsior with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

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