Former Vikings offensive coordinator, head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94 |

Former Vikings offensive coordinator, head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94

Former Vikings offensive coordinator, head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94 Photo: KSTP

Updated: May 12, 2021 06:35 PM
Created: May 12, 2021 05:45 PM

The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday that Jerry Burns, who served as both the team's offensive coordinator and head coach for many years has died. He was 94 years old.

Burns served as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator from 1968 to 1985 and head coach from 1986 to 1991.

Burns, who served as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator for 18 years before transitioning to the head coaching role in 1986, has died, the Vikings announced on Wednesday. He was 94.

He got his start in the coaching world with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He served seven years as an assistant coach under Forest Evashevki before being promoted to the program's head coach in 1961 when he was just 34 years old.

Burns moved up to the professional level in 1966 and joined the Green Bay Packers as an assistant coach under Hall-of-Fame coach Vince Lombardi. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in the two seasons Burns spent in Green Bay.

Vikings head coach Bud Grant hired Burns to be the team's offensive coordinator in 1968 after Lombardi announced his retirement. Over his tenure as offensive coordinator, the Vikings made the playoffs 12 times, including 11 division titles and four Super Bowl berths.

In 1986, Burns took over as the Vikings head coach following Grant's retirement. Over six seasons, Burns led the Vikings to three playoff appearances and one division title in 1989. The Vikings had a 52-43 record under Burns' head coaching stint.

Bud Grant issued a statement on Twitter, "He was a very astute football mind. He could see things on the firled immediately... His coaching help, friendship, lyalty, family- he brought everything to the Vikings he had. I'm gonna miss him."

Vikings Head Coach, Mike Zimmer said, "...Jerry Burns was a great friend and someone I loved spending time with... The football world lost a great one today."

The Minnesota Vikings also posted a heartwarming video dedicated to Burns on their Facebook page.

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