It’s a big week for Russ Grimm.
The former Washington Redskins lineman, now the assistant head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, is thigh-pads deep in preparation for their divisional round playoff game Saturday against the Carolina Panthers.
He also might be slipping in some preparation for an upcoming job interview. Multiple outlets are reporting that Grimm will interview next week for the New York Jets opening, and the Arizona Republic says the St. Louis Rams have him on their radar as well.
And, in what has become an annual rite, Grimm was named a finalist for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame; it’s the fifth consecutive year he’s made it this far.
Also joining him as a finalist are first-year candidate Bruce Smith, a defensive end, and receiver Andre Reed, a 2008 finalist. Those two former Buffalo Bills stars each finished their careers with the Redskins. Smith earned 29 of his NFL-best 200 career sacks during his four seasons in Washington.
Selectors will vote on inductees in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 31, the day before Super Bowl XLIII. A minimum of four and a maximum of seven individuals will make the final cut.
The basic bio on Grimm (cribbed from what I just wrote for Wednesday’s paper):
- He helped lead the Redskins to four Super Bowls and three championships from 1981 to 1991.
- One of the original “Hogs,” the 6-foot-3, 273-pound guard played in four consecutive Pro Bowls over that span and was named to the NFL’s All-1980s team.
- Grimm joined Joe Gibbs’ coaching staff upon his 1992 retirement before moving on to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 and to the Cardinals last season.