St. Cloud State Hall of Fame defensive back Keith Nord has passed away Wednesday morning, according to the Nord family he was battling cancer. Nord was a stud quarterback for Minnetonka before he made the switch to defense during his time with the Huskies.
The former star was electric for SCSU and lettered all four years with the team from 1975-1979. His senior season in which he was named a captain was also voted as the team most valuable player in 1979. Adding to his trophy case Nord was also named all-conference multiple times and was given the Glen Galligan Award, which is given to athletes that are exceptional academically for all four years at the university.
An undrafted free agent after the 1979 NFL Draft Nord signed with the Minnesota Vikings after a camp tryout. The special teams star played 76 games during his seven seasons with the Vikings. Nord lead the team in special teams tackles his first four seasons and was named special teams captain in 1983, during the same season he started 13 games picking off one pass and getting one sack.
The speedster scored his only NFL touchdown on a kick return in 1980.
He totaled 268 tackles, one interception, one sack, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries during his seven seasons with the Vikings.
The four time letter winner was named to the St. Cloud State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.
All photos courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives.