VIKINGS FAN WHO VOWED NOT TO SHAVE UNTIL TEAM WON SUPER BOWL DIES AT 83 - Emmertt Pearson made a vow in 1975 not to shave his beard until the Vikings won a Super Bowl. 38 years later he passed away at the age of 83 keeping his word by never shaving the beard.
“I made a vow, and I’m going to stick with it,” Pearson said in an interview with the Rochester Post-Bulletin in January 2010, the day after the Vikings fell one game short of getting to the Super Bowl with Brett Favre at quarterback. “But I think my wife would just as soon I give it up.”
During his funeral on Friday, Pearson’s daughter Amy said she tried to get her father to shave his beard for her wedding 18 years ago, but “he said no. That’s the kind of man he was. He had an unwavering conviction toward the Vikings.”
The beard was close to being cut two years after Pearson made the vow, but the Vikings fell instead, 32-14, to the NFL champion Oakland Raiders. The Vikings have never been to the big game since, all four of their defeats coming in the same decade.
During the Vikings’ 1998 season, shaving cream and razors routinely arrived in his mailbox. But his Amish-like beard survived when his beloved team lost out to Atlanta for a Super Bowl berth.
Pearson is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosann, and their five children, three of whom never saw their father clean-shaven.
The Rev. Kristi Mitchell, who officiated the service, said Pearson’s postmortem fashion included a Vikings cap and sweatshirt. And most importantly, the beard was not shaven.
Pearson’s service ended with the singing of the Vikings fight song.
BREAKING NEWS: JOSH FREEMAN TO SIGN WITH VIKINGS MONDAY - Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to a one-year contract worth $3 million with the Minnesota Vikings and plans to sign with the team on Monday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports.
The 17th pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Freeman, 25, was released Friday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eight to 10 teams inquired about Freeman, according to CBS Sports, and he narrowed the list.
Fox Sports reported on Sunday that Minnesota and Oakland were the “front-runners” for Freeman Freeman and that the quarterback considers Minnesota the “most desirable option.” They also reported that Freeman already had spoken with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman.
It’s been a swift fall for Freeman, who last season passed for 4,065 yards and completed 27 touchdowns against 17 interceptions for a passer rating of 81.6. This season, though, Freeman has completed just 45.7 percent of his passes and posted a passer rating of 59.3 during the team’s winless start.
But Vikings starter Christian Ponder hasn’t played much better.
He also started 0-3 and posted a passer rating of 65.9, turning the ball over seven times.