Russell Scott Grimm was an All-American center at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Under the coaching of offensive line guru Joe Bugel aka “Boss Hog,” the “Hogs” became one of the best offensive lines in NFL history, if not the best. Russ Grimm was one of the original “Hogs” and played for the Redskins as starting guard for 11 years. The “Hogs” excellent line play led the Washington Redskins to 4 Super Bowls with 3 different quarterbacks.
Guard Russ Grimm, number 68, was selected to the Pro-Bowl 4 times and 4 times First Team All-Pro. He made the NFL’s 1980’s All-Decade Team. Grimm is also one of the Washington Redskins 70 Greatest Players.
Russ Grimm was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Hanging up his cleats after 11 years, Grimm went into coaching and was successful. He remains successful to this day. As a member of the coaching staff for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Grimm has a 4th Super Bowl ring to add to his 3 Super Bowl rings he earned as a player for the victorious Washington Redskins.
His very first coaching job was with the Washington Redskins and was key in the development of tackles Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen. Samuels became a 6-time Pro Bowler. He moved on to coach the offensive line for the Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers, then with the Arizona Cardinals and is currently coaching the offensive line of the Tennessee Titans. Grimm had instant success with developing the Titans offensive line. He developed Taylor Lewan who went to the Pro Bowl and Jack Conklin earned 1st Team All-Pro honors. Russ Grimm took what he learned from offensive coach Joe Bugel and his 11 years as a “Hog” to become one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.
Russ Grimm, jersey #68 and the “Hogs” made us Washington Redskins fans proud. The pride we have in the “Hogs” and what they accomplished for the Redskins will last throughout sports history.
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