|A member of Pitt’s famed 1977 recruiting class, Grimm became a bedrock on the Panthers’ dominant squads over the next four years. He helped Pitt to a 22-2 record over the 1979 and 1980 seasons, including a pair of Top 10 finishes in the polls. As a senior in 1980, he helped the Panthers to an 11-1 mark and selection by The New York Times computer poll as the country’s No. 1 team
As Pitt’s starting center, Grimm was at the heart of an impregnable offensive front. Pitt quarterback Dan Marino once remarked, “There were games when my uniform never got dirty. There were games when I never hit the ground. That’s incredible.”
A third-round draft choice of Washington in 1981, Grimm (Scottsdale, Pa./Southmoreland H.S.) went on to start 11 seasons at guard for the Redskins (1981-91) and helped lead the team to four Super Bowl appearances and three victories. He was voted to four consecutive Pro Bowls (1983-86) and was a first-team selection to the 1980s All-Decade Team. Grimm was an original member of Washington’s renowned “Hogs” offensive line, which also included another all-time Pitt great, Mark May.
Now a highly respected coach in the NFL, Grimm currently serves as the assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach with the Arizona Cardinals. He was the assistant head coach and oversaw the offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they won Super Bowl XL over Seattle, 21-10.
Russ Grimm– G, Washington Redskins (1981-1991)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 1981 NFL Draft. The Redskins dealt a first round pick in the ‘82 draft for three picks in the 1981 draft, one of which was used to nab Grimm.
After starring at center in college, Grimm was moved to left guard as a rookie and became an immediate starter on an offensive line that was dubbed “The Hogs.”
Appeared in five NFC championship games and four Super Bowls during his 11-year career.
Helped Washington to wins in Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI.
Elected to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1980s.