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Fran Tarkenton

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton

Full Name: Francis Asbury Tarkenton
Profession: NFL Quarterback

United States of America

Biography: 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. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Born: February 3, 1940
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Age: 82 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aquarius

Married Life

  • 1960-12-22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Historical Events

  • 1961-09-17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game
  • 1965-01-10 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Detroit Lions, DB

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