Off the bench, Tarkenton vouches for Trump

Long-retired Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton delivered a fiery testimonial for Donald Trump on the night the business mogul completed an improbable rise to Republican nominee for president.

Questioning the direction of the country, its economy and its politics, Tarkenton boomed, "Right now, I look at America and I need to ask, what the hell is going on here?"

"We're stuck. We're stuck in frustration, mired in anger and fear," he said.

Tarkenton, who last played for the Vikings in 1978, held Trump up as a tested leader the country needs. He said he has known Trump for 48 years and could vouch for his record.

"I know for sure, he gets stuff done. He's a builder. He understands that teams win, individuals don't," Tarkenton said, adding, "He never quits."

As he started his remarks he called out to the Minnesota, New York and Georgia delegations _ all stops in his illustrious playing career.

Tarkenton is a Hall of Famer whose No. 10 purple jersey is retired and name is in the Vikings Ring of Honor. After football he went into the software business and later into the financial investment sector.

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