Russ Grimm: Hot dog story "a little embellished"
I've gotten plenty of mileage out of the Joe Bugel-Russ Grimm hot dog story in recent weeks, and Grimm was finally asked about it, so I guess I need to revisit one more time.
Remember, when Joe Bugel retired in January, he told the greatest story ever, in which Russ Grimm threw up a whole hot dog during an evening practice at Carlisle, then put it back in his mouth and ate it, saying "Can't waste a good dog, now." Doc Walker said it was only a quarter of a dog, but added that Grimm was a "total neanderthal."
Then in early February, when Grimm was elected to the Hall of Fame, Mike Wise talked to Joe Jacoby, who bought the story closer to the earth.
"Russ's lunch didn't stay down on him when we got to practice. You know what I mean? He just chucked up a hot dog," Jacoby told Wise. "One of our ballboys, we called him 'Booger,' just looked at it and said, 'Ooooh, that's gross.' Russ looked at him and said, 'You think that's gross, watch this.' He blew the dirt off the piece of dog on the ground, picked it up and ate it. True story."
Finally, Grimm appeared on XTRA 910 in Phoenix last week to discuss his upcoming trip to Canton, and he was, naturally, asked about upchucked hot dogs.
"The hot dog story - I'm not going to say it's false," Grimm said, via Sports Radio Interviews. "I'm gonna say It's a little embellished, but it's probably 60, 65 percent true. There were some wrinkles in it, but I'll just leave it at that."
No. Say it isn't so. The hosts asked for more details.
"Well, I'll just say it wasn't a whole dog," Grimm said, as Hall of Fame voters likely demanded a re-count. "It was only a piece. And it was in between practices. We hadn't been out to the bar yet, so it was in between practices. And basically the rest of it's true."
The rest of it is true? Sounds like something Stephen Glass would say. Fiction is stranger than truth, as they say. But at least Grimm told one story befitting the Neanderthal tag, when he was discussing the fact that his Canton bust would be of the 1980s-era Grimm.
"I said well look, I had a little bit more hair back then, so let's make sure we get the hair in there," Grimm said. "Take the wrinkles out beside the eyes, kind of make it look smooth. I don't care if it looks like me, I hope it does, but if not, make it look better. So we'll see what happens. I've always had the 'stache. I think I've shaved it three times, and twice it was because the trimmer, the little plastic thing on the end fell off and I took a big gash out. So I think only one time where I definitely wanted to shave it."
In less Neanderthal moments, Grimm said that he felt odd going into the Hall as an individual, adding that "On the one hand I feel a little kind of humbled a little bit, embarrassed that I'm in and I left 'em behind, but believe me, I'm gonna mention all of them. And it's gonna be known that I didn't get this far without a lot of other people contributing."
Grimm said that people advised him to hire advertising firms to get his Hall campaign rolling, but how he never played the game for something like that. And he talked about his decision to have Bugel be his presenter, which, 20 years from now, will let us all tell stories about how everyone drank 17 kegs of beer in one gulp the night before Grimm went into the Hall.
"There was never any doubt on who was going to introduce me or present me at Canton," Grimm said. "The guy, he's a friend, he's a father figure, I always say all the time, I'm never afraid to tell him, I look at him all the time and I say 'Hey, I love you.' I mean, what he did for me - I hated the guy some days. I mean, he pushed you to the point where there were some times you were ready to snap on him. But in the long run he built that group into what it was and I got a lot of respect for the man. He's not only a great person, he was a great coach and he said he's going to retire now from the NFL. And I told him, I said there's one more thing you got to do. When I got selected I said 'I want you to present me in Canton.' So he was excited about it, and I'm excited for him. And I'm excited for myself."
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