A Viking fan that grew a beard for over 38 years in hopes of a Vikings Super Bowl win has died. On Oct. 25, the Star Tribune reported that 83-year-old Emmett Pearson died on Monday, never seeing his team win a Lombardi Trophy. Ironically, the Vikings were playing "Monday Night Football" the night that Pearson died... the team lost to the Giants, 23-7.
Pearson was interviewed about his beard back in 2010 and he said, "I made a vow, and I’m going to stick with it but I think my wife would just as soon I give it up." But give up he didn't.
The Viking fan beard was meant to show Pearson's devotion to the football team that he loved and that he believed in. Pearson wanted to be remembered as being a die hard fan -- beard and all. "He was very adamant that the beard not be shaved off [for his funeral]. We ended the service by singing the Vikings fight song," said Rev. Kristi Mitchell who officiated the service.
There are plenty of fans who grow "playoff beards" especially here in Boston. In fact, many members of the Boston Red Sox have grown out their beards and they refuse to shave until the end of the World Series. Pearson's beard was so much more than a playoff beard. It was a year-round, "please make it to February," beard.
The Viking fan beard didn't help the team win -- in fact, they have only been to the Super Bowl once since Pearson started growing his beard (in 1977) and, of course, they lost. "Pearson is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosann, and their five children, three of whom never saw their father clean-shaven," the Star Tribune reports.
© Effie Orfanides 2013