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Short Info

Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 3, 1940
SpouseAnna Elaine Merrell, Linda Sebastian Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. He was born on February 3, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. His father, Dallas, was a high school football coach and his mother, Frances, was a homemaker. He has two older sisters, Barbara and Beverly. Tarkenton was a three-sport star in high school and was recruited by more than 200 colleges. He chose to play football at the University of Georgia.

As a freshman, Tarkenton was a backup quarterback behind future NFL Hall of Famer, Billy Cannon. He became the starter as a sophomore and led the Bulldogs to an undefeated season and a national championship. As a junior, he was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. He decided to leave school early and enter the NFL draft.

Tarkenton was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1961 NFL draft. He became the Vikings starting quarterback as a rookie and led the team to the NFL Championship game. The following year, he was named the NFL MVP after leading the Vikings to another NFL Championship game. He played for the Vikings for 10 seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl nine times. He holds several Vikings franchise records, including most passing yards and most touchdown passes.

In 1972, Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants. He played for the Giants for four seasons and led the team to the playoffs three times. He retired from football after the 1976 season.

In his post-playing career, Tarkenton became a successful businessman. He is the founder of several companies, including Tarkenton Software, a computer software company, and Go Small Biz, a small business consulting firm. He is also a motivational speaker and author.

Tarkenton has been married twice. His first wife was Linda Tarkenton. They were married for 33 years and had three children together before divorcing in 1995. His second wife is Ginger Tarkenton. They have been married since 2002 and have two children together.

Tarkenton has an estimated net worth of $50 million.

General Info

Full NameFran Tarkenton
Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 3, 1940
Height1.83 m
Weight86 kg
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Sports commentator, Author, Actor, American football player
EducationUniversity of Georgia


SpouseAnna Elaine Merrell, Linda Sebastian Tarkenton
ChildrenMatthew Tarkenton, Angela Tarkenton, Hayley Tarkenton, Melissa Tarkenton
ParentsDallas Tarkenton, Sr., Frances Tarkenton
SiblingsDallas Tarkenton Jr., Wendell Tarkenton


AwardsAssociated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, Bert Bell Award, AP Most Valuable Player
TV ShowsThat's Incredible!

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1st & Ten: The Championship1984-1985TV SeriesPlay-by-play Announcer / Play-by-play announcer
Hill Street Blues1981TV SeriesSportscaster
MASH1970Football Player - 325th Evac. (uncredited)


Saturday Night Live1977TV Series performer - 1 episode


Fox and Friends2013-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
Inside Edition2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
A Football Life2014TV SeriesHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
Hannity2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesHimself - NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
That's Incredible: The Reunion Part 22003TV MovieHimself - Host
That's Incredible: The Reunion2002TV SpecialHimself
That's Incredible! Reunion1988TV SpecialHimself
Strange But True Football Stories1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
NFL Monday Night Football1970-1983TV SeriesHimself - Color Commentator / Himself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback / Himself - New York Giants Quarterback
That's Incredible!1980-1981TV SeriesHost / Fran Tarkenton (co-host)
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters1981TV SeriesHimself
The NFL on CBS1963-1978TV SeriesHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback / Himself - New York Giants Quarterback / Himself - Minnnesota Vikings Quarterback
The Hollywood Squares1977TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHimself - Host
Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular from Lake Tahoe1977TV SpecialHimself
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesHimself
Super Bowl XI1977TV SpecialHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
1976 NFC Championship Game1976TV SpecialHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
Super Bowl IX1975TV SpecialHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
Super Bowl VIII1974TV MovieHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
1973 NFC Championship Game1973TV SpecialHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
The NFL on NBC1973TV SeriesHimself - Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1967TV SeriesHimself - Audience Bow

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Rome Is Burning2009-2010TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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