MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton is officially set to make his first trip back to Canton, Ohio, since he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Tarkenton will present Mick Tingelhoff when the former Vikings center is inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 8. The Vikings quarterback said in February he was planning to present Tingelhoff, and the Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Tarkenton will be among the presenters, joining former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., among others.
Tarkenton and Tingelhoff played together for 12 seasons with the Vikings, rooming together on the road and developing a bond that lasted long after their careers ended. Tarkenton calls Tingelhoff his best friend; Tingelhoff's wife Phyllis asked Tarkenton to present her husband shortly after he was selected by the veterans' committee during Super Bowl weekend.
Tingelhoff will be the sixth Hall of Famer who played on Bud Grant's Super Bowl teams; Grant and former Vikings GM Jim Finks are also in the Hall of Fame. At Grant's garage sale in May, his fiancee Pat Smith said the 88-year-old coach was planning to make the trip to Canton for Tingelhoff's enshrinement.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place the day before the Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers kick off the preseason in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis will join Tingelhoff among those being inducted on Aug. 8.