Russ Grimm, one of the former Hogs during the Joe Gibbs I era as Washington Redskins coach, made the list of finalists this week for the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF). It is unconscionable that not one Hog has been elected to the HOF. This is one of the greatest injustices in the NFL.
Russ, in his fourteenth (14th) year of eligibility is up against some stiff competition this year. On the list with Russ there’s Emmitt Smith, the all-time rushhing leader, and Jerry Rice, the all-time pass catcher, both in their first year of eligibility. One would have to guess that these two are near locks. Then, you have Dick LeBeau, the longtime defensive guru of the Steelers, and Floyd Little, the former Denver Broncos great running back, are the veterans committee nominees. So, one would guess that one or both of these nominees get in. That gives us 3-4 right there.
Then, the other finalists are Cris Carter, the Eagles and Vikings great receiver, Grimm, former coach Don Coryell and former players Roger Craig, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Rickey Jackson, Cortez Kennedy, John Randle, Andre Reed and Shannon Sharpe. Out of this group, you get 2 maybe three. I think Coryell is a lock, who are the others? All of the candidates are deserving finalists.
Grimm, who played his entire career as a guard and occasional center with the Redskins, has been eligible for the Hall for 14 years. He made the Pro Bowls each year from 1983 to ’86 and was a three-time all-pro, and he played on all three of the Redskins’ Super Bowl-winning teams.
Though Grimm didn’t play a glamour position, he helped Joe Gibbs fundamentally change the game with the counter trey in the 80s and early 90s and in my view is a very well deserving candidate for the Hall. We’ll find out on February 6, the day before the Super Bowl.
(Cross posted to SportingNews.com)