Matt Blair was larger than life. I was lucky enough to come of age during the greatest era of Viking teams (1968-1980) and always had a favorite player on offense and defense, when Chuck Foreman came along he was my guy on offense and when Matt Blair came to the team he was my favorite on defense. I had never seen a player with his instincts and athletic prowess. I was only lucky enough to see Matt play in person once (final game at the Met) but never missed a game on TV back then. It's amazing how many players of that era ended up settling in the area including Matt, I was lucky enough to meet a number of them while working a retail job in Mpls. About a dozen years ago Matt was shopping in the store and word spread quickly, I knew I might have only this one chance to meet him and I worked up the courage to approach him and have a short conversation, just wanted to thank him for the joy he brought to my life and how much I respected him as a man and player. I was just a nobody but he took the time to talk to me about those Viking teams, how Drew Pearson DID push off Nate Wright, and our shared love of snowmobiling. I'll never forget that. My condolences to the family at this difficult time. One also feels for coach Grant, it must be terribly difficult to see young men who played for you pass away under these circumstances. Rest well Matt.