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Grimm talks Redskins

Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm is a big fan of the Washington Redskins. He made many trips to RFK Stadium as a youngster and to this day, a miniature Redskins baseball cap dangles from his key chain. And although the Redskins seem headed down the wrong path, Grimm has not given up the faith.

“I was joking with the guys on the team not to call it a comeback when they take the NFC East,” Grimm said of what he told his Hokies teammates. “But yeah, they’re not playing so good right now.”

Grimm was smiling when he made the tongue-in-cheek prediction about Washington’s resurgence. The embattled Redskins (2-5) have few signs of hope.

Grimm’s name might sound familiar for Redskins fans. His father, Russ, was a Pro Bowl offensive lineman as a member of the franchise’s famous “Hogs” of the 1980s and early 1990s.

While Grimm learned the game in part from being around his father, now the assistant head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, he did not know some of the details about his playing days in Washington. One of those details turned out to be one of the most infamous moments in NFL history, and perhaps the most replayed sports injuries ever.

Russ Grimm was the tackle on the play when quarterback Joe Theismann suffered a gruesome broken leg after being sacked by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Don Warren, the father of Hokies center Beau Warrien, was the Redskins’ tight end on the play. The injury ended Theismann’s career. He was forced to retire at age 36.

Grimm said he knew that his father was involved in the play, but not that he played perhaps a big role in the play. That was until Richard Graham, a reserve offensive lineman for the Hokies, pointed out a passage from Michael Lewis’s book “The Blindside” that described the play and the role Grimm’s father had in it. But Grimm said the blitzing Taylor was not his father’s responsibility on the play. Grimm said a running back on the play was responsible to pick up Taylor.

“Lawrence Taylor ran around the outside and my dad wasn’t supposed to slide out at all,” Grimm said. “He said it was the running back’s fault in the blocking scheme.”

By Mark Viera  |  October 28, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
 
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Comments

Cool tidbit, but my recollection (I watched that game, horrified, on TV) was the play we lost Joe T. on was a flea-flicker with only John Riggins in the backfield (and he was busy tossing the ball back to Theismann and wasn't in any position to block Taylor).

If you watch the video of the play (try http://www.extremesportclips.com/video/299/Joe-Theisman-Leg-Break.html), tight end Donnie Warren appeared to be blocking LT but Taylor got around him and then basically dropped on Theismann from behind.

Gibbs in retrospect felt awful about calling the fleaflicker. Presumably on a normal pass route, Riggo or someone else would've stayed back to chip an LB.

Anyway, I doubt Russ saw the video online. I don't think any player involved would want to re-live it.

I'd love to see Russ G. coach the 'Skins some day. :)

Posted by: blackjack65 | October 28, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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