Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman is a 10-year veteran at the professional level. Currently, Grossman joins AP Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Pat White to form one of the best quarterback units in the league.
Before the Redskins drafted number 10 and number 12 last April at the 2012 NFL Draft, Grossman was the man behind center for the Burgundy and Gold during the 2011 campaign, starting 13 games and throwing for over 3,000 yards.
Grossman was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft after a stellar career at the University of Florida.
In his three years in Gainesville, Grossman threw for nearly 10,000 yards and 77 touchdowns. Even after deciding to forgo his senior season, Grossman ranked in the top-10 SEC history in passing yards at the conclusion of his junior season. No small feat when you consider just how dominant the conference has been for the last few decades.
Recently, the Gators honored the 2001 Heisman Trophy finalist for his days in the Sunshine State. Find out what accolade number 8 can add to his collection here:
Before putting on a Gators jersey, Grossman was one of the best high school quarterbacks in the nation in the late 1990’s at Bloomington South High School in Indiana.
During his time in the Hooiser State, Grossman threw for 7,518 yards and 97 touchdowns. After leading Bloomington South to a state title in 1998, Grossman was named Indiana Player of the Year.
Grossman chose to attend the University of Florida thanks in large part to former Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier. Before Spurrier was the head man in Washington for two seasons, he was widely regarded as one of the best football minds at the collegiate level and was able to recruit some of the best players in the nation to his program. Grossman was one of those players who were enticed to learn under the coaching great.
He talked with University of Florida F Club President Jeff Cardozo about his choice to head down south.
“Well you know I grew up in high school in the mid-90’s and I graduated [high school] in 1999, and right in there Danny Wuerffel [was] always playing the Florida State-Florida rivalry games. I’m from Indiana and I would got to IU games and then I would rush home to watch Florida-Florida State or Florida-Tennessee some of those big games and I wanted to be a part of it and when it came down to playing well in high school and having that opportunity it was just a dream come true.”
While Grossman hasn’t had nearly as much success in Florida during his NFL career, winning only one game in his three appearances, he was still happy to return “home” and see what was going on at his old stomping grounds.
“I drove by my old dorm. Just went by and watched practice a little bit, spring practice and just reliving some of those memories, some of those things maybe I have never told anybody that I only know about. Just places I’d go or running around the stadium. Running stadium stairs, sitting up at the top stadium just by myself dreaming about what’s about to happen and things like that.”
To watch the rest of Grossman’s chat with Cardozo about his time in Gainesville, check out the link here.
Congrats on being inducted into the University of Florida’s Athletic Hall of Fame!
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