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Tom Clancy once tried to buy the Minnesota Vikings


MINNEAPOLIS - Tom Clancy's legacy will be as an author, but here in Minnesota, he's also remembered as "The Hunt for Red October" guy who for a moment donned purple and nearly owned the Vikings.

"I can tell you definitively this is the highest price ever paid for a National Football League franchise," said a representative from Tom Clancy's team. They put in a bid of $200 million dollars for the Vikings.

"How do I look in purple?" said Clancy in 1998 as he put on a Vikings jacket at a press conference to announce his new ownership. He would be all smiles at first. Born in Baltimore, MD he grew up with an affinity for the Colts. The Colts moved to Indianapolis and while there was talk the Vikings could move, Clancy did not want to see that happen.

But shortly after his press conference, the talks turned to questioning his net worth and the worth of his group. Clancy would eventually withdraw his bid and the franchise would later be purchased by Red McCombs for $250 million.

Clancy never stopped dabbling in other interests, he created Red Storm Entertainment which turned his books into video games, he was a long time part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and he never stopped writing.

"The Hunt for Red October" in 1984, 19 books would follow and his latest is "Command Authority" which will be released in December.

Tom Clancy was 66.

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