Fran Tarkenton Biography
Francis Tarkenton(Francis Asbury Tarkenton)is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback, television personality, and computer software executive. He played in the NFL for 18 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.
His’s tenure with the Vikings spanned thirteen non-consecutive seasons, playing with the team for six seasons from (1961 to 1966)then for seven seasons from(1972 to 1978). In between his years in Minnesota, Tarkenton was a member of the New York Giants for five seasons. At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned every major quarterback record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
In addition to his football career, Tarkenton served as a commentator on Monday Night Football and a co-host of That’s Incredible!. He also founded Tarkenton Software, a computer-program generator company, and he toured the U.S. promoting CASE “computer-aided software engineering” with Albert F. Case Jr. of Nastec Corporation. His Software later merged with KnowledgeWare “with Tarkenton as president”, until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994.
Fran Tarkenton Age | How Old Is Fran Tarkenton
Francis Asbury Tarkenton is a former National Football League quarterback, television personality, and computer software executive. He was born on February 3. 1940 in Richmond, VA. Thus Francis is 79 years old as of 2019.
Fran Tarkenton Family
Francis was born in Richmond, VA, to his’s parent Dallas Tarkenton, Sr.(Father) and Frances Tarkenton(mother). He grew up together with his brother Wendell Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton Wife
He is married to Linda Sebastian Tarkenton. Later he had married Anna Elaine Merrell. The two engaged in 1960 and separated in 1982. He has four kids from both of her two wive. The children’s names are Matthew Tarkenton(son), Melissa Tarkenton(Daughter), Angela Tarkenton(Daughter) and Hayley Tarkenton(daughter).
Fran Tarkenton Education
Under Coach Wally Butts and with Tarkenton at a quarterback, Georgia won the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in both (1959 and 1960).
Fran Tarkenton College
Tarkenton was indecisive on his retirement during the last seven years of his playing career. Despite not winning a Super Bowl, he won six playoff games, and in 1999 he was ranked #59 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. He was inducted 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, Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Fran Tarkenton Net Worth
Fran Tarkenton is a former NFL quarterback, computer software executive, and television personality. He has an estimated net worth of $60 Million dollars as of 2019.
Fran Tarkenton Business ventures and investments
Mark McCormack helped him invest, making him wealthy enough to “retire this week if he wanted to”, as New York magazine wrote in 1971. Tarkenton was 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.
In 1999, he was fined by federal regulators as part of a securities fraud sweep. According to the LA Times, “In Tarkenton’s case, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 10 other former executives of his computer software and consulting firm, KnowledgeWare Inc., were accused of inflating by millions of dollars the company’s earnings in reports for its fiscal year ended June 30, 1994. The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and $54,187 in restitution. He did not admit any wrongdoing”.
Since then, he has been promoting various products and services including Tony Robbins and 1-800-BAR-NONE. He also founded GoSmallBiz, a small-business consulting website. He also operates an annuity marketing firm called Tarkenton Financial.
Fran Tarkenton Books
Fran TarkentonBooks most famous books:
- Every Day Is Game Day(2009)
- Safe and Secure: 10 Essential Steps for Seniors to Protect Against Financial Abuse(2019)
- What Losing Taught Me About Winning: The Ultimate Guide for Success in Small and Home-Based Business(1997)
- Murder at the Super Bowl(1986)
No Time for Losing(1967)
- Playing to Win: Fran Tarkenton’s Strategies for Business Success(1984)
- The Competitive Edge: Essential Business Skills for Entrepreneurs(1991)
Fran Tarkenton Highlights
The Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft, and he was picked in the fifth round of the 1961 AFL draft by the Boston Patriots. He signed with the Vikings. Tarkenton, 21, played his first National Football League game “and the Vikings’ first game” on September 17 against the Chicago Bears coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a come-from-behind victory by passing for 250 yards and four touchdown passes and running for another as the Vikings defeated the Bears 37–13. He was the only player in NFL history to pass for four touchdowns in his first NFL game until the feat was repeated by Marcus Mariota in the Tennessee Titans’ 2015 season opener versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tarkenton scrambling (1974)
He played for the Vikings from 1961 to 1966. His early years with the team were plagued by the trouble expected for a newly created team, with the Vikings winning a total of 10 games combined in their first three seasons, with Tarkenton winning eight of them. He threw 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions for 1,997 yards in his first season. He rushed for 308 yards on 56 rushes for five touchdowns. The following year, he threw 22 touchdowns and 25 interceptions for 2,595 yards. He rushed for 361 yards on 41 rushes for two touchdowns.
Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967, at which time he moved to the New York City suburb of New Rochelle, New York. In the first game of the 1969 season, Tarkenton’s Giants played the Vikings. After trailing 23–10 in the fourth quarter, Tarkenton threw two touchdown passes to secure a 24–23 comeback victory over his former team. The 24 points allowed by Minnesota’s defense were a season-worst for the unit, one more point than the Vikings allowed in losing Super Bowl IV to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tarkenton enjoyed his best season with the Giants in 1970. The club overcame an 0-3 start to win nine of 10 and move into position to win the NFC East division championship in week 14. However, New York was routed 31-3 by the Los Angeles Rams at Yankee Stadium, leaving the Giants 9-5, one game behind the division champion Dallas Cowboys and the wild card Detroit Lions. 1970 was the closest the Giants came to making the playoffs during a 17-year drought, spanning the 1964 through 1980 seasons.
Tarkenton was traded back to Minnesota in 1972, for three players “Norm Snead, Bob Grim and Vince Clements”, plus a first and second-round draft choice. He led the Vikings to three National Football Conference championships, but in each instance, the Vikings lost the ensuing Super Bowl. In Tarkenton’s first Super Bowl appearance his team lost to the Miami Dolphins 24–7 in Houston. It lost the second to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16–6 in New Orleans, and in the last Super Bowl Tarkenton played “and Minnesota’s last Super Bowl to date”, the Vikings lost to the Oakland Raiders 32–14 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Tarkenton calling signals for the Vikings
In his 18 NFL seasons, Tarkenton completed 3,686 of 6,467 passes for 47,003 yards and 342 touchdowns, with 266 interceptions, all of which were NFL records at the time of his retirement. Tarkenton’s 47,003 career passing yards rank him 8th all time, while his 342 career passing touchdowns are 6th all-time in NFL history.
He also is 6th on the all-time list of wins by a starting quarterback with 124 regular season victories. He also used his impressive scrambling ability to rack up 3,674 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on 675 carries. During his career, Tarkenton ran for a touchdown in 15 different seasons, an NFL record among quarterbacks.
He ranks fifth in career rushing yards among quarterbacks, behind Randall Cunningham, Steve Young, Michael Vick, and Cam Newton. He is also one of four NFL quarterbacks ever to rush for at least 300 yards in seven different seasons; the others are Cam Newton, Michael Vick, and Tobin Rote. When he retired, Tarkenton held NFL career records in pass attempts, completions, yardage, and touchdowns; rushing yards by a quarterback; and wins by a starting quarterback.
The Vikings finished the 1975 season with an NFC-best 12–2 record and Tarkenton won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award while capturing All-Pro honors in the process. He was also a second-team All-Pro in 1973 and earned All-NFC selections in 1972 and 1976. He was named second-team All-NFC in 1970 and 1974. Tarkenton was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls.
Fran Tarkenton Hall Of Fame
Tarkenton was inducted 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, Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned every major quarterback record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.