Congratulations to Russ “The Flea” Grimm on making the Pro Football Hall of Fame!!! It was long overdue. Here’s the article I wrote for Examiner.com:
Former Washington Redskins guard Russ Grimm was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. Grimm, a member of the “Hogs,” the Redskins legendary offensive line, played in four Pro Bowls and four Super Bowls, including three wins. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1980s.
Grimm anchored one of the greatest offensive lines in NFL history, alongside players such as Joe Jacoby, Jeff Bostic, George Starke, Mark May, Raleigh McKenzie, and Jim Lachey.
Grimm anchored the line as the Redskins won Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks and three different primary running backs. Six different running backs led the Redskins in rushing during Grimm’s 11 seasons but the offensive line was the constant along with wide receiver Art Monk.
The Redskins often featured Grimm in a “counter-trey” play in which he and left tackle Jacoby would pull from the left side to the right side to lead running plays.
Grimm becomes the fourth Redskins player during the Joe Gibbs era to make the Hall of Fame. Monk and cornerback Darrell Green were inducted into the Hall in 2008. Running back John Riggins was inducted in 1992. Gibbs is also in the Hall of Fame.
Grimm was selected in the third round of the 1981 draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. He has been an assistant coach in the NFL since 1992 and currently coaches the offensive line of the Arizona Cardinals.
Jerry Rice, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little and John Randle and Emmitt Smith were also selected.
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