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Redskins react to Grimm's election to the Hall of Fame

Dan Steinberg recounts Russ Grimm's antics while Redskins' extended family, via a team release, reacts to Grimm's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Daniel M. Snyder: "Our Redskins fans have always appreciated the Hogs. This is a long deserved honor and we are proud to have Russ as a member of the Hall of Fame. Hopefully Russ is the first of the Hogs to be inducted in Canton representing one of the greatest offensive lines in NFL history."

Joe Gibbs: "I'm thrilled for Russ. He is very deserving. He was a big part of our success and our three Super Bowl championships. He was a versatile performer that could play center, guard and tackle and was a great leader. He is a great addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and I know there are a lot of Redskins fans that are very happy right now and I'm sure many of them will be in Canton this summer to cheer him on."

Joe Bugel: "He was one of the most complete football players, and people, that I've ever coached. He could play all the positions - center, guard and tackle. He was the leader by example. He wasn't a loudmouth. He just came to work every day. It's a well deserved honor for a great, great football player and a great, great friend."

Jeff Bostic: "It's a great day for the Redskins organization. It's a great day for all the members of the Hogs. We finally got one in. Possibly down the road, Joe Jacoby will get in too. Our team got another one in the Hall of Fame, and that's confirmation for the work we did in the 80's and early 90's."

Joe Jacoby: "It's a great moment. I sat here and cheered, yelled and screamed like I did two years ago when they put Art Monk in finally after all those years. I'm elated. He was my roommate for 11 years and I guess they'll be some celebrating out in Canton this August.

"He had the toughness, as a guy from Pennsylvania. I think he had tremendous leadership qualities, including his uncanny ability to lead on the field. His intelligence and his ability to make things happen on the football field helped lead us to championships. We had a very good player and very good teammate and he helped us come together on and off the field."

Rick "Doc" Walker: "It's the ultimate honor that a guy could receive, and was so well deserved. He really embodies what I think an offensive lineman is all about. He was the toughest guy on the block. He was mean. He had a nasty attitude, and he was a smart guy. He played the role of a Hell's Angel, but the guy is really smart. He would break an opponent down on film. He had great technique. He was explosive. There was nothing he couldn't do. He probably could have been a Hall of Fame center if he had stayed at center his whole career. A lot of it had to do with the fact that when he grew up, he played quarterback and fullback, he was an athlete trapped in this big body."

Donnie Warren: "He's a guy that I think clearly deserves it. He came from a group that in the 80's was one of the premier offensive lines in that era. He deserves it so bad. I'd been hoping that he would get in these last couple of years, and I'm just ecstatic that he finally got in, it's well deserved. He was a hard-nosed player. He was a fierce, fierce competitor. He wouldn't let injuries knock him down at all. He was a guy that I saw get punched in the eye, get stitches, and get carted off the field. He had blood rolling down his face, had stitches, and within 10 minutes, you look in the huddle, and he's right back next to you. He's a fierce competitor, and just a tough guy."

By Cindy Boren  |  February 6, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
 
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Comments

FIRST to say I can't wait for a return trip to Canton! Congrats again Russ!

Posted by: brownwood26 | February 6, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Great news, indeed. Congratulations, Mr. Grimm!

Posted by: LuvMySkinz | February 6, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Well deserved.
Now if some team will just smarten up and make him they're Head Coach.

Posted by: jberry73 | February 6, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Lost in all of this Grimmy goodness is the fact that that giant a$$ faced d-bag Cris Carter got passed over again. Ha ha ha.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 6, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Awesome news congrats to Russ Grimm!
Hail!

Posted by: jonthefisherman | February 6, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah f chris carter haha

Posted by: jonthefisherman | February 6, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

WAAAAAY TOO LONG OVER DUE!

Congrats Russ Grimm!

Posted by: Curzon417 | February 6, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

And let me also say good job David Elfin!

Posted by: Curzon417 | February 6, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article on team efficiency ratings on the footballoutsiders.com site. The Ravens ranked number one in overall play during the season, and according to the stats, should probably have won twelve games instead of the nine they finished with. Conversely, San Diego played well enough for an estimated ten wins instead of the thirteen they actually won. It's a complex calculation but worth checking out on their site.

The Skins played well enough to earn a projection of 7-8 wins, along with Denver, SF, Jacksonville, Buffalo, and Tennessee. Of course they wound up with only four. Chicago and Oakland apparently overachieved with five wins; statistically, they should have finished with 3-4. St. Louis won only once but Detroit was, according to their ratings, the worst team in the NFL by some margin.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 6, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it Samson but shows what that stat is worth. Zip, zilch, nada

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Why everyone loves Joe Gibbs:

always mentions the fans....

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 6, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

This is awesome news! Congratulations to Mr. Grimm. Well deserved if several years late.

The Hogs were great for many years and should be represented by more than just one individual; next up Joe Jacoby?

Posted by: Skins930 | February 6, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Good work Cindy!

Thats was a good read.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 6, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Here is my list of Redskins that deserve to be considered for the Hall -- as best as I can tell, none of them have drawn serious consideration:


Len Hauss: 6 Pro Bowls
Chris Hanburger: 9 Pro Bowls
Larry Brown: better than Floyd Little who just got in
Joe Jacoby: Hog who blocked against laurence taylor and reggie white
Jim Lachey: Probably the best of all the Hogs
Dave Butz: NFL All decade team, 1980's
Jerry Smith: Held TD record for TE for 30 years
Gary Clark: As good as Andre Reed or michael irvin

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 6, 2010 8:15 PM |

Congrats to Grimmy. Well deserved. Well deserving are those on the above list. Thanks for compiling.

Posted by: PsyOps | February 6, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Except you misspelled the great Lawrence Taylor. But I am sure he forgives you. Peeps tend to underrate the need for good spelling. Consider the case of the young engineer attending his first convention in the big city. The first night he spent hours and hours wandering up and down the aisles of several wharehouses.

Posted by: PsyOps | February 6, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

hanburger not being in is a travesty and shows that the hall is a sham.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 6, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Russ!!!!!!! I am thrilled that one member of the venerated Hogs has FINALLY made it!!!!

Posted by: patmcarthur | February 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

hail russ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | February 6, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | February 6, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse


A Hog in the Hall. Things will never be the same.

Minor complains. Must you have started with Dan Snyder's quote, the man who is utterly clueless to the importance of offensive linemen to winning football?

Posted by: TheCork | February 6, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse


Len Hauss: 6 Pro Bowls
Chris Hanburger: 9 Pro Bowls
Larry Brown: better than Floyd Little who just got in
Joe Jacoby: Hog who blocked against laurence taylor and reggie white
Jim Lachey: Probably the best of all the Hogs
Dave Butz: NFL All decade team, 1980's
Jerry Smith: Held TD record for TE for 30 years
Gary Clark: As good as Andre Reed or michael irvin

Posted by: zcezcest1

Superb list. All are extremely deserving, each in their own special way.

Posted by: TheCork | February 6, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely thrilled about Grimm in the Hall. This is terrific news.

Funny that as a fan base we've seen the Skins go from 'severely dissed' to unquestionably well-represented in just a few years.

Sure, it's cold comfort for the suffering we've endured at the hands of Mr. Snyder, and it doesn't make our prospects for the 2010 season any brighter, but I for one have no qualms with celebrating the team's past glories.

Hooray from Russ "the Flea" Grimm!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 6, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Snow much in D.C.?

Joe Bugel: "He was one of the most complete football players, and people, that I've ever coached. He could play all the positions - center, guard and tackle. He was the leader by example. He wasn't a loudmouth. He just came to work every day. It's a well deserved honor for a great, great football player and a great, great friend."

JOE's my kind of guy. A drop the football in the end zone, and just walk away professional. No b.s. mouth, dancing, popcorn crap. A call it like it is, straight shooting S.O.B. BUGES you will be missed.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 6, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

michael irvin

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 6, 2010 8:15 PM |

And thank you for capping everyone else but irvin. Exactly what I think of him too.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 6, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I may be mistaken, so feel free to have at it.

But I seem to remember a certain announcer of Redskin games on tv that went on to a bigger stage at ESPN. If I remember right, he became Americas Team biggest cheerleader. I also remember a lot of the sports reporters (sic) that went out of their way to just give cudos out to the gints, iggies, and girls. I really think that it has been a big bias.

Maybe some were there at the time can enlighten me as I got most of my information second hand aboard a ship someplace.

As I said earlier, have at it if I am just having a pipedream.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 6, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I may be wrong but certain headlines have proven me wrong...

Irvin was told NO to the HOF the night before but decided that No means YES.

F Irvin...

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 6, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

And thank you for capping everyone else but irvin. Exactly what I think of him too.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 6, 2010 10:26 PM |

You putz, can't you read? He didn't cap white or taylor. Shvontz.

Posted by: PsyOps | February 6, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

by my above post, wasn't Chris Berman an announcer for one of the local tv stations for the redskins back in the 80's?

And I can't stand him and his azzhole buddy Tom Jackson (who everyone thinks is black, but that is just because he has had his head up Bermans rear for soooo long that it kinda stuck.)

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 6, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Right is right and wrong is wrong or something like that.

You know what I meant

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 6, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

what i read was Ervin was fired by the radio station, but that he would still be on the TV.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 6, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Must you have started with Dan Snyder's quote, the man who is utterly clueless to the importance of offensive linemen to winning football?

Posted by: TheCork | February 6, 2010 9:47 PM |

Dude. They are quoting a team press release which was prepared in anticipation that this might happen. You expect Snyder's name anywhere but at the top? He owns the team so he gets to see his name mentioned last? What turnip truck did you fall off of?

Posted by: PsyOps | February 6, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

by my above post, wasn't Chris Berman an announcer for one of the local tv stations for the redskins back in the 80's?

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 6, 2010 11:03 PM |

The dud (Berman) claims he was one ESPN's first hires up there in Bristol when they rolled off the turnip truck with their buddy TheCork.

Posted by: PsyOps | February 6, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, I stand corrected.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 6, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Len Hauss: 6 Pro Bowls
Chris Hanburger: 9 Pro Bowls
Larry Brown: better than Floyd Little who just got in
Joe Jacoby: Hog who blocked against laurence taylor and reggie white
Jim Lachey: Probably the best of all the Hogs
Dave Butz: NFL All decade team, 1980's
Jerry Smith: Held TD record for TE for 30 years
Gary Clark: As good as Andre Reed or michael irvin

Posted by: zcezcest1

Zeke - you pretty much nailed it on that one. People forget how bad a cat Larry Brown was in his time.

Posted by: edvar | February 6, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Len Hauss: 6 Pro Bowls
Chris Hanburger: 9 Pro Bowls
Larry Brown: better than Floyd Little who just got in
Joe Jacoby: Hog who blocked against laurence taylor and reggie white
Jim Lachey: Probably the best of all the Hogs
Dave Butz: NFL All decade team, 1980's
Jerry Smith: Held TD record for TE for 30 years
Gary Clark: As good as Andre Reed or michael irvin

Posted by: zcezcest1

I completely endorse this list and so should the hacks that vote on the HOF.

If Chris Hanburger and his 9 Pro Bowls aren't in then they should close it down.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 7, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

"Hate to say it Samson but shows what that stat is worth. Zip, zilch, nada. Posted by: scampbell1975"

LOL it doesn't show that at all, of course, but I sympathize with your frustration. Thinking can make the old noggin hurt.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 7, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I know they don't put kickers in, but Moseley was the League MVP one year.

Just sayin'

Posted by: edvar | February 7, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Emmitt your beard is weard..

And despite his yards I have him out of the top 10 RBs of alltime.

Bias has nothing to do with it...

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 7, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

My use of bias is because of the years to get Redskins into HOF. I have nothing against Emmitt, but look at the list posted above and how long did Green have to wait.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 7, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Len Hauss - eligible 1982
Chris Hanburger - eligible 1983
Larry Brown - eligible 1981
Joe Jacoby - eligible 1998
Jim Lachey - eligible 2000
Dave Butz - eligible 1993
Jerry Smith - eligible 1982
Gary Clark - eligible 2000

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 7, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't even know what to think of the Hall of Fame anymore. Possibly even more superficial then the pro bowl. I mean Terry Bradshaw puts up horrible numbers and yet gets a first ballot for basically being in the right place at the right time. Heck John Stallworth got elected before Art Monk. Sorry but the Hall is a joke.

With that said congrads are in order to Grimm. This should have happened much sooner.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 7, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Grimm...Congrats...You deserve it,obviously.
So do all the other guys on the list.

HOF is an interesting discussion...winning one Super Bowl,means some guys are Legends...winning one Super Bowl means other guys are * (see Doug Williams,for example)with his stats Mr.Tony and Wilbon say Peyton has to win more rings to be "the greatest of "ALL TIME" " .How many did Marino win ? How many did Farvre win ? Elway ?(does anyone remember what Elway did to the Colts after the draft anymore ?)

Posted by: petebowling1 | February 7, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Finally, someone said what I've felt for ages. Its a disgrace that Chris Hanburger isn't in the HOF. Skins fans should be as outraged by this snub as we were with the Art Monk's.

Hanburger, Jacoby, and Butz should be next.

Posted by: dcwun | February 7, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

What about Pat Fischer? Shouldn't he get some consideration too?

Posted by: tdskinz | February 7, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

What about Pat Fischer? Shouldn't he get some consideration too?

Posted by: tdskinz | February 7, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Is there a catagory for dirtiest player? If so, he's in. Yee-Haw good buddy.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 7, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I vote for BUTZ alright, the "Secretary of Defense."

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 7, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

It's Super Sunday. Wake up people. WTF. Let's get this party rollin'.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 7, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Very well deserved - congratulations - now it's time to see JOE JACOBY's name added. While Russ was a key element to the famed offensive line that came to be known as The HOGs (and he was probably the guy Coach Bugel was referring to when he came up with that name) - no one dominated as much as Joe Jacoby! When your typical offensive line player was maybe 6'2" 265 lbs, Joe was a giant at 6'7" 300 lbs -no one knew how to block him. He redefined the offensive line player and was the prototype for the O-line players we see today - he was a game changer. Both he and Coach Bugel need to be recognized for how they've changed the way the Offensive LIne is viewed today and how critical it has become to the success of a team.

Posted by: whelms | February 7, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

007, tell me how Fischer was a dirty player? Are you even old enough to know who he is?

Posted by: tdskinz | February 7, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Special thanks from the Grimm family should go to David Elfin, the former Washington Times writer, who gave a strong presentation on behalf of Grimm two years after Elfin helped sway voters Art Monk's way, and Leonard Shapiro, a washingtonpost.com writer and presenter of Redskin greats, who also spoke on behalf of Grimm on Saturday.

Testimonials gathered by Elfin from White, the former Cowboys defensive menace, Bill Parcells, Harry Carson and Matt Millen, who called Grimm "the smartest offensive lineman" he ever played against, helped ensure he would have a bronze bust alongside Joe Gibbs, John Riggins, Monk and Darrell Green.

--Mike Wise

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Is there anyone here that thinks Jason Reid would ever have the chops to make a case to get Russ Grimm into the Hall of Fame?

One of the great injustices is that Jason Reid has a job covering the Redskins and Dave Elfin doesn't. Post: Fire Reid, hire Elfin.

Posted by: Agree2Disagree | February 7, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"When your typical offensive line player was maybe 6'2" 265 lbs, Joe was a giant at 6'7" 300 lbs -no one knew how to block him."

I think if you took a poll of defensive coaches of the time, Jacoby's name would have come up more often than Grimm's. By the way, I doubt Giant Joe was ever his listed 300 pounds after his rookie year. He would have been a big tackle by today's standards. Joe did have problems with the best speed rushers, but somehow usually managed to compensate. When you talk about 'smart' linemen, his name comes to my mind.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 7, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

My use of bias is because of the years to get Redskins into HOF. I have nothing against Emmitt, but look at the list posted above and how long did Green have to wait.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 7, 2010 1:33 AM

Wasn't Green a first ballot?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"Is there anyone here that thinks Jason Reid would ever have the chops to make a case to get Russ Grimm into the Hall of Fame?
One of the great injustices is that Jason Reid has a job covering the Redskins and Dave Elfin doesn't. Post: Fire Reid, hire Elfin.Posted by: Agree2Disagree"

Dave Elfin is a good sportswriter (the only good department the Times ever had, by the way) but there's nothing wrong with Jason Reid and the way he does his job. He's not there to lead HOF crusades for former Skins. Elfin took that on personally, and was successful. But that in no way reflects badly on anybody else.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"Hate to say it Samson but shows what that stat is worth. Zip, zilch, nada. Posted by: scampbell1975"

LOL it doesn't show that at all, of course, but I sympathize with your frustration. Thinking can make the old noggin hurt.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 7, 2010 12:06 AM

Yea, screw that thinkin' crap!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 7, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Cris Carter's Canton candidacy moves in the wrong direction
Posted by Mike Florio on February 6, 2010 11:14 PM ET
Former Vikings receiver Cris Carter has now been passed over three times for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Last year, he made it from the list of 15 finalists to the final 10. This time around, however, Carter was included in the first round of cuts, failing to make it into the final 10.

So what's going on here?

The fact that Bills receiver Andre Reed made it into the top 10 suggests that there's a sense that Reed should get in before Carter or former Raiders receiver Tim Brown.

Then there's the argument that Carter didn't force opponents to devise game plans around him. That mentality kept former Redskins receiver Art Monk out of the Hall of Fame for more than a few years -- and the difference between Monk and Carter is that Monk possesses three Super Bowl rings.

Carter has none.

So Carter will wait at least another year. But he's moving in the wrong direction; for 2011, it'll be interesting to see whether he even makes the list of 15 finalists.

-------------------------------------------
All I have to say is a ha ha ha ha!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 7, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I think Snyder should hire Dave Elfin. PR position. The guy's good, and he's a homer.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 7, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

On my way back to Canton! Hope they don't run out of food this time.

Posted by: Keliza64 | February 7, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Green a first ballot?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 7, 2010 10:30 AM

Sorry, senior moment. My mind said Art Monk but my fingers typed Green.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | February 7, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

No problem alphabet. Happens to the worst of us.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 7, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Dam, I'm getting all teary eyed reading this post and everything, it just reminds me of a time when the Redskins were really something special. I'm glad for Russ Grimm and hope that Jacoby gets in, you can make a case for Jim Lachey and some others too.

Grimm, the rest of the Hogs, and the other Redskins of the 80's and early 90's epitomized a time when players played with true grit and heart, were team first, and the fans gave RFK an unreal homefield advantage. Man what a time that was, a time that is no more.

Posted by: 72Redskins | February 7, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Could not be happier for a great Redskin. Now we need to get Chris Hanburger ( nine time pro bowler ) in the Hall

Posted by: rmcpks73 | February 7, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

COngrats Grimm!

Posted by: filmchis | February 7, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It's fitting that Grimm gets in the HoF the year that the Snyderrato experiment was shown to fail.

Don't hire O-Linemen and your offense will suck.

Give the team some good (to great) O-linemen, and your team at least has a chance to get to the playoffs year-in and year-out and quite possibly a run of SB's like the Skins had in the Gibbs I era.

Hopefully Shanny has learned something from this. Select a QB in the first round, but then build the O-line with the rest of the picks.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | February 7, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

SIC-WID-IT's Hall-O-Fame Poll...

What's up Everybody...here we go

1) Of the following Hall of Fame QB's who have no SB rings...who is the best?

a)Fran Tarkenton
b)Dan Fouts
c)Jim Kelly
d)Dan Marino

Defend your answer!

Posted by: rickyroge | February 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry forgot the great...

e)Y.A. Tittle

Posted by: rickyroge | February 7, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Beepage, MAPS!, and such as.

Also.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 7, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Russ!!! You deserved it. Next up a shot at being a Head Coach.

Posted by: sovine08 | February 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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