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Russ Grimm, His Lunchbucket and Hair-Removal Cream


Russ Grimm may be a fairly boring quote with the Cardinals, as evidenced by his NFL Network interview from Media Day this morning, but he had his day. We'll be mining this ground all week. Here's the beginning of a story from March of 1989:

Though the Kansas City Chiefs have offered him an approximate $100,000 raise to go with a $150,000 signing bonus, guard Russ Grimm promised yesterday to return to the Washington Redskins.

"I'm staying," Grimm said. "The way I look at it, I've been here eight years, and how do you put a dollar figure on that? [The Redskins] have been good to me, so I'll play it out here. When they don't want me, they can just tell me, and I'll grab my lunchbucket and go somewhere else."

That's pretty good. But not as good as the story about Grimm announcing that the 1991 season would likely be his last. This was good reading. Highlights from Richard Justice's story that fall:

* When he goes, he won't be forgotten, because few Redskins have ever been more respected. He was one of the key people in some of the best offensive lines in history, the Hogs, a unit that rushed the NFL into the era of the 300-pound linemen. He was a coach on the field and such a tough, smart player that he became a symbol for the Redskins in the '80s.

He'll also be remembered as a guy who had some fun.

Someday, he'll admit he was the one who hung former assistant coach Jerry Rhome's bike from atop the flagpole at training camp. He'll admit he was the one who smeared honey on the late Nate Fine's photographer's perch to attract the bees Fine hated so much.

He may even admit that he smeared the hair-removal cream inside George Rogers's jockstrap.

* He'll talk matter of factly about how his 6-foot-3 frame and 275 pounds made him one of the biggest offensive linemen around when he entered the NFL with Coach Joe Gibbs in 1981, and how he's not so big anymore.

"One of the big stats we heard when we won the Super Bowl in 1982 was that we had the biggest offensive line in the NFL," Grimm said. "Last year we were the fourth-lightest. Right now, if I were to go in at center I'd be the lightest guy on the line.

"It shows you how things change. You hear guys say when they first come in that they're going to play this long or do that or something else. I never said that. I always said I'd play as long as it's still fun."

* He looks ahead without fear, telling every interviewer the same thing, that he didn't plan the first 32 years and won't plan the next 32. He said parts of coaching appeal to him, but is apprehensive when he sees his own coaches putting in 120-hour work weeks.

"To be honest, I haven't even thought about it," he said. "Every time I start thinking about it, I come back to the fact that I've never planned anything. I don't want to screw it up and start planning now.

"If I play another year, that's another year. If I don't, I'll find something else.

"Some people have asked if I'm going to get into coaching. That appeals to me. I don't know what I'm going to feel like doing until I get there. I've got to work. I know that.

"I'd go nuts just sitting around, plus I know it would drive my wife nuts having me home all day."

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 3:31 PM ET
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Comments

Cody is a lot smaller, but he's one of the smartest players on the field I've seen in college.

Posted by: sitruc | January 27, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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