Welcome Back, Russ

The young ‘ens reading this column may not realize that Russ Grimm, the assistant head coach of the Cardinals is one of the greatest Redskins to ever play the game. Grimm was one of the original Hogs and was on the team for all 4 of the Gibbs Super Bowls.

Wikipedia quotes this story that totally sums up Grimm and his career:

According to Mark May, a teammate both at Pittsburgh and on the Redskins, no one lived up to the “Hog” persona more than Grimm: “He was a blue collar stiff and proud of it.” In his 2005 memoir, May recalled a Christmas party at his house in 1982: “I iced down a keg of beer and stationed it on the landing between the first floor and basement. Russ turned the landing into his headquarters for the evening. He grabbed a chair and a Hog shot glass (a 60-ounce pitcher) and parked his butt on the landing next to the keg. Except for an occasional trip to the bathroom, we didn’t see Russ on the first level all night…”

So this weekend when Russ runs out on the field, let’s raise a Hog’s shotglass to one of the greatest Redskins of all time. Welcome back, Russ! And here’s hoping that in 75 years when Coach Gibbs finally retires, you are the one to take over.

-DW

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