UMD's Grant Has College, Pro Family Ties

By KBJR News 1

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- When Taylor Grant transferred to the University of Minnesota Duluth from North Dakota, he simply extended his family's already sparkling resume with the Bulldogs football program.

His uncle, Bruce Grant, was a quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1980-83, and his cousin, Ricky Fritz, played quarterback at UMD from 1998-2002.

But not only does his family connect him to UMD football, it also connects him to the Minnesota Vikings.

"The answer throughout my life has been that I don't know how else it would be to have a different grandpa or anything like that," Grant said of his family lineage.

The grandpa Taylor speaks of is Superior, Wis. native Bud Grant, the winningest head coach in Minnesota Vikings history, but being part of the family doesn't mean that Taylor expects any special treatment.

"He doesn't help me out or like to tell me that much stuff," Grant joked, "but he likes to tell me when I do something wrong."

UMD head coach Curt Wiese won't hesitate to correct Grant either, but he says those opportunities are becoming fewer and fewer.

"The way we rush the football, we need to have guys who can play on line of scrimmage as well as participate in the passing game," Wiese said. "Taylor's come a long ways in both those spots here this spring."

And that's led Grant to once again enjoy playing the sport he's always been part of, thanks to his family.

"I love being around these guys and the coaches," Grant said of UMD, "and they've made it a good experience for me overall."

Posted by Zach Schneider
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