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Fran Tarkenton

Tarkenton, Fran (Francis Asbury Tarkenton), 1940–, American football player, b. Richmond. One of football's greatest passing quarterbacks, he established lifetime records (all surpassed by Dan Marino in 1995) for most completions (3,686), most yards gained passing (47,003), and most touchdown passes (342) during his career with the Minnesota Vikings (1961–66, 1972–78) and New York Giants (1967–71).

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