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Bud Grant, Doug Sutherland to speak at Superior High School

Superior natives Bud Grant and Doug Sutherland will be guest speakers at Superior High School at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The presentation will include the two delivering golden footballs to the school as part of the NFL's Super Bowl High Sch...

Bud Grand and Doug Sutherland
Special gold footballs, featuring the names of Superior natives Doug Sutherland and Bud Grant, will be presented to Superior High School during a special presentation on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior natives Bud Grant and Doug Sutherland will be guest speakers at Superior High School at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

The presentation will include the two delivering golden footballs to the school as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative, which recognizes schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football.

The initiative kicked off the NFL’s celebration of Super Bowl 50, which saw the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

High schools across the nation, and around the world, are receiving a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster.

Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches, and more than 2,000 high schools, will be recognized.

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The event in Superior will take place in the SHS Performing Arts Center and is open to the public.

Admission is $5 per person. Tickets will be pre-sold in the SHS activities director’s office beginning Feb. 26 and sold at the door the day of the event. The Spartan football coaching staff will also be selling tickets in advance starting Monday.

Grant, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, coached the Minnesota Vikings in four Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX and XI). Sutherland was a defensive lineman on the final three Super Bowl teams.

Grant also led the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers to four Grey Cup championships. He played both basketball and football professionally, including two seasons with the NBA champion Minneapolis Lakers. He was also the No. 1 draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles and later became a Hall of Fame player in the CFL.

Grant, who grew up in Superior and graduated from Superior Central High School in 1945, started playing baseball as a youth after suffering a case of polio.

Since there were so few organized teams in the day, Grant would often organize games of baseball, and later football and basketball with Superior neighborhood kids and kids from neighboring towns.  

At Central High School he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, asketball and baseball. During his freshman year he led his basketball team to the state tournament in Madison, and he played in the Esquire Magazine High School All-Star Baseball Game at Comiskey Park in Chicago between his junior and senior years.

Sutherland, a former UW-Superior football standout, was a part of the famous “Purple People Eaters” for the Vikings from 1971-­80. He was selected in the 1970 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

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Considered one of the best all­around athletes ever produced by UWS, Sutherland enjoyed the longest professional football career of any player in WIAC history. In 2010 Sutherland was named one of the 50 greatest players in Vikings history.

NOTES: Grant was last at SHS as part of the “Hometown Hall of Famers” program on May 1, 2013. At that time SHS was given a plaque by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Grant’s likeness and stats on it.

 

Coaching clinic

The Grant and Sutherland event will put the finishing touches on the Superior Spartan football coaches clinic.

One of the guest speakers during the clinic will be Grant’s son, Mike, who has coached Eden Prairie to 10 Minnesota state championships and was the 2014 NFL High School Coach of the Year.

Other guest speakers during the coaching clinic include Chuck Raykovich, Chippewa Falls; Al Sega, Eau Claire Memorial; Jeff Mumm, Thief River Falls; Jeff Koenig, Stanley-Boyd; and Greg Bower and John Steger of the Minnesota Duluth coaching staff.

The cost of the coaching clinic is $40 in advance and $50 at the door. To register online go to www.superiorfootball.net .

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All proceeds from both events will benefit the Superior Spartan football program.

For more information on both events call SHS coach Bob DeMeyer at 218-591-2671.

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