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All along, though, Grigson was preparing for front-office life.

He stole media guides from the Purdue coaches’ office, stashing them away in his closet to read up on opponents. Grigson didn’t change his approach in the NFL.

“I just always studied and researched other players because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do,” Grigson said, drawing laughter. “It got to the point (in Cincinnati) where we would be in the fourth game of the preseason and the coach would say, `Grigson, what do you know about this right tackle?’ And I would tell them.”

Irsay wanted more than a book-smart scout to lead his team’s rebuilding project.

“What I was really looking for was someone who was on the rise and has skills and qualities to take that next step up,” said Irsay, who was the Colts GM when his father owned the team.

Grigson has been listed as future front-office star after helping to build two Super Bowl teams including the championship-winning Rams in 1999, his first season in the front office.

In 2001, Grigson became an area scout for St. Louis. He joined the eagles as a regional scout in 2003 and gradually moved up the ladder from regional scout, to director of college scouting and eventually to director of player personnel, the job he had held for the past two seasons.

“He has been a great adviser to me and somebody I have leaned on to bounce ideas off of many times over my career,” Eagles GM Howie Roseman said in a statement. “He leaves no stone left unturned in his efforts to find good players and we were lucky to have him here in Philadelphia.”

Grigson, who wore a Super Bowl ring on his right hand during the news conference, repeatedly deferred questions about his philosophy and the decision-making process by explaining he had literally just gotten to Indianapolis. His wife, Cynthia, and his five children also attended the news conference.

Now comes the hard part, making the choices about how to turn the Colts back into a winner.

“What I need to do is lock myself in my office, put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and watch tape so I know what I have before I do anything,” he said. “It (the coach) is not something you want to make flip decision about. I need to have some long conversations with Mr. Irsay and we’ve agreed that we want to do it the right way.”