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Chad Grimm is returning to the place he grew up.
A native of Fairfax, Va., and a backup linebacker and special teams player at Virginia Tech from 2003-06, Grimm joins the Redskins as the new defensive quality control coach.
It’s an area where Grimm has some history.
Grimm played both football and lacrosse at Oakton High School in Vienna, Va., earning all-district honors while leading both Oakton teams to the state finals for the first time in school history.
He had limited playing time with the Hokies and was utilized in a whip linebacker role. However, his Virginia Tech football bio reads…
“A good tackler with football savvy … Knows the game and has been a solid contributor on special teams … Also an important scout and jayvee teams performer as a whip linebacker.”
He took his mentoring skills and applied them to his brother, Cody, who also played for Virginia Tech.
Cody was selected in the seventh round by the Buccaneers and played safety for them from 2010-12.
Grimm joined the Chargers in 2013 as a defensive quality control coach after spending the last four seasons as an offensive quality control coach with the Cardinals, allowing him to spend time with his dad on the caching staff.
Growing up, Chad’s father, Russ Grimm, was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Redskins from 1981-91 and served as an assistant coach for 21 years in Washington, Pittsburgh and Arizona.
“Football has always just been a big part of my life, my family’s life,” Grimm said in a Cardinals video feature. “I really haven’t found the enjoyment in too many other things than I find it in football. Being able to just get back into it in any way and around it was always something I was all for.”
In an article on Cardinals.com, Grimm recalled throwing bags of confetti out of their Redskins luxury box window and running through the stadium hallways getting autographs from players.
He even remembered Russ letting him and Cody run around the field before the game and once recounted throwing the ball around with legendary quarterback Sonny Jurgensen in warm-ups.
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