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Grimm to the NFL?

Cody Grimm came to Virginia Tech with modest expectations as a little-recruited, undersize player just happy to play on special teams. But five year later, he is leaving Blacksburg a potential NFL prospect.

“It’s kind of wild, just thinking I’m going to have to go train somewhere,” Grimm said. I’m used to living around my buddies; now I’m going to be somewhere with no money.”

Grimm said he was unsure where he would go to train when he leaves Blacksburg this winter, and he said he has stayed focused on the Hokies’ remaining games.

But said he has started receiving packets in the mail about sports agents and financial advisers in anticipation for the NFL draft in April. He said he has also received messages on Facebook from agents or their companies.

So far, Grimm said, he has not been able to digest the fact that he might be able to make a living playing football. In a telephone interview in October, Gil Brandt, a former Dallas Cowboys personnel executive and a draft analyst for, said he could see Grimm being selected as a safety in the sixth or seventh round.

“It’s one of those things it hasn’t really hit me,” Grimm said. “I’m just out there doing what I’ve been doing, trying to play good and do my job.”

In his typical fashion, Grimm infused a little humor into the conversation. Asked if he had been pursued by any high-profile agents, Grimm said NFL super agent Drew Rosenhaus has been trying to get in touch with him.

“’Yeah, he’s been trying to get into contact with me, obviously,” Grimm said. “I just told him: ‘Obviously you can get T.O. a lot of money. Let’s see what you can do with this. Let’s see how good of an agent you really are.’ ”

And what if football doesn’t work out?

“What I want to do is tell my dad I’ll go baby-sit the beach house in the Outer Banks,” Grimm said with a laugh. “Tell him I’ll keep an eye on the house, mow the yard, stuff like that.”

By Mark Viera  |  November 20, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
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