Russ Grimm honored at halftime
In early August, Washington Redskins guard Russ Grimm received the greatest individual honor in professional football when he was enshired in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. As part of the Class of 2010, Grimm at the time was presented with a yellow jacket and immortalized with a bronze bust.
Tonight during a halftime ceremony in Washington's game against Indianapolis, Grimm collected his Hall of Fame ring, the final item presented to every enshrinee. Fittingly, many of others Hogs were there to witness the presentation as part of Redskins' inaugural homecoming festivities, when the franchicse welcomed 62 former players to FedEx Field. Grimm was the anchor on that offensive line considered perhaps the most dominant in NFL history and the first member of that group elected to Canton.
"It's still sinking in," Grimm said of his enshrinement. "I'm 51 years old, and to sit in a room and talk to a lot of guys that were your heroes growing up and now you're part of that club, it makes it special."
Grimm won three Super Bowls with the Redskins during the 1980s and early '90s before retiring after the 1991 season. He was named first-team All-Pro and voted to the Pro Bowl each season from 1983 to '86 and was a member of the NFL's all-decade team of the 1980s.
After his retirement, Grimm served as an assistant coach for the Redskins, then joined Pittsburgh to coach its offensive line in 2001. He earned another Super Bowl ring when the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in 2005. Grimm currently is a top assistant on Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt's staff.
"Maybe one of the greatest thrills I've had in coaching," Joe Bugel, a former Redskins offensive line coach who coined the Hogs nickname, said of Grimm being inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I've been coaching in the National Football League for 32 years. Coached some great football players. This is the greatest player I've coached."
Bugel also served as Grimm's presenter during his enshrinement and attended tonight's game.
| October 17, 2010; 8:22 PM ET
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