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San Antonio, TX (KROC-AM News) - Former Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs has passed away.

The San Antonio Express newspaper today reported the Texas billionaire died peacefully with his family at his side. He was 95 years old.

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McCombs purchased Minnesota's NFL franchise in 1998 and sold it to the Wilf family prior to the start of the 2005 season. The first year McCombs owned the team, the Vikings went 15-1 before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game when Morton Anderson missed, what would've been, the game-winning field goal in overtime.

The span of time that he owned the franchise included stellar performances by Randy Moss, Dante Culpepper, Robert Smith, and Chris Carter. McCombs, who unsuccessfully lobbied for a new Vikings stadium, will also be remembered by Vikings fans for coming up with the phrase "Purple Pride."

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Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

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