Fran Tarkenton was born on February 3, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. He is an American football player, TV personality, and computer software executive.
Biography and Career:
He 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, leading Georgia to the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship under coach Wally Butts. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
The Minnesota Vikings drafted Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft. Tarkenton, 21, played his first National Football League game (and the Vikings first game) against the Chicago Bears and led the Vikings to a victory by passing for 250 yards as the upstarts stunned the Bears 37-13.
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nducted 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 (GA) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Tarkenton later appeared on the television show That's Incredible! and also worked part time on Monday Night Football. He also guest-hosted Saturday Night Live on January 29, 1977.
A biography of Tarkenton titled "Better Scramble than Lose" was published in 1969. Tarkenton wrote a book titled "Broken Patterns: The Education of a Quarterback", as told to Brock Yates. It is a chronicle of the 1969 preseason and the 14-game regular season with the NY Giants.
Tarkenton was also a pioneer in computer software, and founder of Tarkenton Software, a program generator company. 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.
Tarkenton, his wife Linda, and daughter Hayley currently reside in the Buckhead Community of Atlanta, Georgia.
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