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Former professional football player, TV personality, and computer software executive, Francis Asbury "Fran" Tarkenton was born in Richmond, Virginia, on 3 Febraury, 1940 (today is his 73rd birthday!). His father, Dallas Tarkenton, Sr., was a Pentecostal minister.Fran Tarkenton went to Athens High School in Athens, Georgia, and later attended the University of Georgia, where he was the quarterback on the Bulldog football team. He led Georgia to the 1959 Southeastern Conference championship under Coach Wally Butts. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Also, in Tarkenton's early years he was a member of the Masonic Youth Group DeMolay. The Minnesota Vikings drafted Tarkenton in the third round of the 1961 NFL Draft, and he was picked in the fifth round of the 1961 AFL draft by the Boston Patriots. He signed with the Vikings. Tarkenton, 21, played his first National Football League game (and the Vikings' first game) on September 17 against the Chicago Bears and led the Vikings to a victory by passing for 250 yards and four touchdown passes as the upstarts stunned the Bears 37–13. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for four touchdowns in his first NFL game.