Vikings “will forever be proud and grateful” Prince was a fan

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The world is mourning the death of Prince on Thursday by revisiting the long and varied catalog of music he gave the world over the last four decades.

One of the lesser known songs on that list, “Purple and Gold,” had a connection to the football world. Prince was a Minneapolis native and wrote the song about the Vikings, who remembered the music icon after the announcement of his death.

“Like the rest of the world, we are shocked and saddened today by Prince’s death. As one of the most influential music icons, Prince was an incredible representative of Minnesota who helped put Minneapolis-St. Paul on the map. He was a brilliant performer and a better person. We will forever be proud and grateful that he considered himself a Vikings fan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Prince’s family at this time.”

Prince’s connection to the NFL goes beyond that song, of course. During Super Bowl XLI in Miami in February 2007, Prince took the stage during a rainstorm and put on one of a halftime performance that many non-Colts and Bears fans likely find more memorable than one of the lower octane championship games in recent history.