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.)
It’s appropriate that Grimm will be honored this offseason, as Joe Bugel, his offensive line coach from back in the day, has just retired from coaching, and will be available to be onhand at Grimm’s enshrinment.
Even on the day of his farewell press conference at Redskins Park, Bugel was talking about his former Hog’s Hall of Fame credentials. (He was also talking about Grimm’s fondness for hot dogs, but that’s neither here nor there.)
“It’s amazing that that group right there went to four Super Bowls,” Bugel said at the time, “and nobody off that offensive line [has been inducted into the Hall of Fame]. Jim Lachey was good, Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm – if he doesn’t make it this time, I don’t really know what’s going to happen.”
Bugel needn’t have worried. There’s (finally) going to be a Hog in the Hall.
“The Super Hog has been Russ Grimm,” Bugel said on the day of his retirement. “He has ended up being a heck of a football coach, and I loved coaching him. He was allergic to the weight room, he was allergic to conditioning, but liked him because he had the ugliest body I’ve ever seen, and he was a good football player.”
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