Former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Grady Alderman passed away on Thursday, the team announced. He was 79.
Alderman, who was recognized as one of "50 Greatest Vikings," played for the club from 1961-74. After logging one season with the Detroit Lions, Alderman was selected by the Vikings in the expansion draft and went on to be named to the Pro Bowl on six occasions.
"We are saddened to hear of the loss of Grady Alderman," Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. "His impact on the Vikings was threefold -- as a great player, as a member of the front office and as a member of our radio broadcasts.
"Grady epitomized the Vikings work ethic on the field as a Pro Bowl offensive tackle in the early days of the franchise and was a foundation piece for the success of the 1960s and 1970s. Our sympathies are with his family and friends."
Alderman appeared in 204 NFL regular-season games in addition to Super Bowls IV, VIII and IX. He followed his playing career with four seasons of broadcasting Vikings games for WCCO radio and eventually became general manager of the Denver Broncos.