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Francis Asbury "Fran" Tarkenton

Current Location:: Atlanta, GA, USA
Birthplace: Richmond, VA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dallas Matthew Tarkenton, Jr. and Frances Mae
Husband of Private User
Ex-husband of <private> Merrell
Father of <private> (Tarkenton); <private> Tarkenton; <private> (Tarkenton) and <private> Tarkenton
Brother of <private> Tarkenton and <private> Tarkenton

Occupation: NFL football player, author, software executive
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Merrell
    • <private> (Tarkenton)
    • <private> Tarkenton
    • <private> (Tarkenton)
    • Private User
    • <private> Tarkenton
    • mother
    • <private> Tarkenton
    • <private> Tarkenton

About Fran Tarkenton

Francis Asbury "Fran" Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former professional football player, TV personality, and computer software executive.

He is best known for playing quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, where he was voted NFL MVP in 1975 and led his team to three Super Bowl appearances. Following his retirement he worked as a commentator on Monday Night Football and as a co-host of That's Incredible!.

Tarkenton 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. Tarkenton Software later merged with KnowledgeWare (with Tarkenton as president), until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994.

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Fran Tarkenton's Timeline

February 3, 1940
Richmond, VA, USA