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Kind Words For Russ Grimm

Posted by Matt Terl on February 6, 2010 – 7:46 pm

Courtesy of the Washington Redskins crack media relations staff, a whole bunch of congratulations and kind words for newly announced 2010 Hall Of Famer Russ Grimm. Read on, for the true origin of the name hogs (according to George Starke), high praise from Doc Walker, a heartfelt reaction from Joe Jacoby, and a great story about blood from Don Warren.

Washington Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder
“Our Redskins fans have always appreciated the Hogs. This is a long deserved honor and we are proud to have Russ as a member of the Hall of Fame. Hopefully Russ is the first of the Hogs to be inducted in Canton, representing one of the greatest offensive lines in NFL history.”
Joe Gibbs
“I’m thrilled for Russ. He is very deserving. He was a big part of our success and our three Super Bowl championships. He was a versatile performer that could play center, guard and tackle and was a great leader. He is a great addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and I know there are a lot of Redskins fans that are very happy right now and I’m sure many of them will be in Canton this summer to cheer him on.”
Joe Bugel
“He was one of the most complete football players, and people, that I’ve ever coached. He could play all the positions – center, guard and tackle. He was the leader by example. He wasn’t a loudmouth. He just came to work every day. It’s a well deserved honor for a great, great football player and a great, great friend.”
Jeff Bostic
“It’s a great day for the Redskins organization. It’s a great day for all the members of the Hogs. We finally got one in. Possibly down the road, Joe Jacoby will get in too. Our team got another one in the Hall of Fame, and that’s confirmation for the work we did in the 80’s and early 90’s.”

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Russ Grimm: Hall of Famer

Posted by Matt Terl on February 6, 2010 – 5:36 pm

Back when Russ Grimm was an anchor on the great Redskins offensive lines, this is what February football looked like for him:

Because, if you were involved with football in February, you were talking about the Pro Bowl. (The first February Super Bowl wasn’t held until 2002.) February football was for the best of the best, and Grimm went to the all-star gathering four times.

Grimm was involved with some significant football last February as well, as he was coaching the offensive line for the Arizona Cardinals in last year’s fantastic Super Bowl.

And on February 6 of this year, he was named one of the best of all time as Russ Grimm was named as part of the 2010 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This makes him the first member of the great Hogs offensive lines so honored, although it’s possible that without the Hogs, John Riggins, Joe Theismann, and maybe even Joe Gibbs wouldn’t be in Canton.

(UPDATE: Not sure where that Theismann mental lapse came from. I’m blaming snow madness.) Read more »

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Saturday, February 6: Clinton Portis vs. Man vs. Food

Posted by Matt Terl on February 6, 2010 – 1:01 am

So Clinton Portis has been making the TV rounds lately. He was on ESPN, as you might expect, talking about the offseason, his relationship with Jason Campbell, and so on. He was on NFL Network, as you’d probably guess, talking (in third person, no less) about the offseason, expecting to be back with the Redskins, how great next year could be for Jason Campbell, and so on.

And, as you would immediately assume, he was on Man Vs. Food Live on the Travel Channel, eating a whole bunch of chicken wings and watching the show’s host, Adam Richman, eat an enormous steak.


Of course he was. This is a guy whose previous TV credits include appearances on America’s Next Top Model and MTV Cribs.

Portis is still in Miami pending the Super Bowl, so I wasn’t able to ask him about this. Fortunately, there are plenty of other people in Miami who were willing to ask him on my behalf. And he was more than happy to explain. Read more »

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